Genetics Camp 2018: Leading the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

By: Blaire De Borja (Helitron)
READY FOR BATTLE | Genetics Camp 2018 participants together with GeneSoc members pose for a photo during the closing ceremony of  the said event.

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Hosted by The UPLB Genetics Society (GeneSoc), in partnership with the Genetics & Molecular Biology Division (GMBD) and Microbiology Division (MBD) of IBS-UPLB, Genetics Camp 2018 was held last March 9-11, 2018 at the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

With the theme “Conquering PathoGENES: Battle Against Antibiotic Resistance for Health and Immunity”, GeneSoc once again gathered young scientists, geneticists and innovators for the 13th installment of Genetics Camp. For this year, GeneSoc advanced its objectives by focusing on the applications of Genetics in combating antibiotic resistance. This would enrich the awareness of students on the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and would inspire them to explore the scientific researches that focus on combating antibiotic resistance for the improvement of public health.

Informative and socially-relevant talks were conducted by experts that delve on the science of antimicrobial resistance. One of the speakers during the 3-day camp is Dr. Walter Laviña of the MBD-IBS who talked about the, "Genetics of Antimicrobial Resistance" and Dr. Mark Kristoffer Pasayan, a medical specialist from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), who discussed about the current status of antimicrobial resistance in our country and in the globe.

Fourteen different schools from various parts of the Philippines competed under individual and group competitions namely: the Debate Contest, Search for the Young Genetics Ambassador, Essay-Writing Contest, Poster-and-Slogan Making Contest, Inter-High School Genetics Quiz Contest and Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

Philippines Science High School–Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) was hailed as the Overall Champion followed by Philippine Science High School–Bicol Region Campus (PSHS-BRC), the 1st Runner-Up and Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC), the 2nd Runner-Up of Genetics Camp 2018. And this year, Maxinne Louise Dominique Co from Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus was officially selected to be the Young Genetics Ambassador of The UPLB Genetics Society.

Aside from the competitions, the students from different schools were able to interact with one another and unleash their inner geneticist and microbiologist through the three laboratory activities which focused on: (1) The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology, (2) Basic Microbiology Laboratory Techniques and (3) Microbial Genetics.

During the Socials Night, students showcased their fashionista side by dressing up a 70’s outfit in relation to the event theme, “Groove into the 70’s in a Flashback to the Rise of Antibiotics”. Each school was also able to showcase their own school gimmicks and their talented representatives for Mr. and Ms. Genetics Camp 2018. Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) won in the School Gimmick Competition while Mr. Adel Tantay from St. Joseph College and Ms. Blaise Therese Bellosillo from University of Sto. Tomas–Senior High School won the Mr. and Ms. Genetics Camp 2018, respectively. 

Students also took part in the UPLB Campus Tour and in the most-awaited Amazing Race. For the teachers, the Effective Teaching Seminar was conducted by Prof. Jickerson P. Lado (GMBD-IBS) who trained the educators on how to explain the principles in Genetics to students in a more effective way.

The UPLB Genetics Society would like to thank the following sponsors: Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Monsanto, DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), ClickTheCity.com, YouthForce PH, Diamed, Pocari Sweat, DOST-National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (DOST-NCBP), Mongol and Leads Agricultural Products Corporation.

The following are the website links of our sponsors:

Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) 

DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) 

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)

ClickTheCity.com

YouthForce PH

Diamed

Pocari Sweat

DOST-National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (DOST-NCBP) - www.ncbp.dost.gov.ph/

Mongol 

Leads Agricultural Products Corporation


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