One of the researchers of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) received an Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) of 2017 award from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) at the National Science and Technology Week Opening Ceremony on July 11, 2017 at the World Trade Center Manila.
RITM Immunology Department and Research and Innovation Office Head Dr. Mario Jiz II was recognized for his valuable role in studying Schistosomiasis – an acute and chronic disease caused by parasitic worms – and how it affects the immune system of millions of Filipinos.
Through the analysis of antibody responses of patients from Leyte, he was able to identify Paramyosin as a lead vaccine candidate and successfully developed the vaccine against the disease.
Dr. Jiz led the patented pilot scale process to produce recombinant Paramyosin (rSj97) and is currently evaluating its safety and immunogenicity in Carabaos that are naturally exposed to Schistosomiasis.
In contrast to previous studies, he was able to discover that Carabaos are highly affected by Schistosomiasis and serve as a major transmission agent in the Philippines.
True to its mission, RITM continues to further its thrust in providing relevant, quality health services to protect Filipinos from infectious, tropical and dermatological diseases such as the research of Dr. Mario Jiz II.
by Allenor Enciso, Communication and Engagement Office [RITM Web Team]