Nat’l Polio Lab to erect Mindanao environmental surveillance lab and delve into wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 detection by 2023

The National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on December 7, 2022 informed its stakeholders through the 7th Polio Multistakeholders’ Meeting (MSHM) about updates on environmental surveillance (ES) of polioviruses and other pathogens in the Philippines; progress on the establishment of a concentration laboratory in Mindanao; and transition plans of continue reading : Nat’l Polio Lab to erect Mindanao environmental surveillance lab and delve into wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 detection by 2023

RITM-MBL leads Training Workshop for COVID-19 QAP Regional Implementers

The Molecular Biology Laboratory of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM-MBL) launched the Training Workshop for Regional Implementers of the COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for SARS-CoV-2 Detection by Real-Time PCR on November 25, 2022 as part of the efforts to improve the nationwide implementation of the program. The training workshop is composed of a continue reading : RITM-MBL leads Training Workshop for COVID-19 QAP Regional Implementers

RITM-MBL conducts remote lab assessment in Zamboanga

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL), conducted a laboratory assessment for the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) as part of the Molecular Laboratory Quality Assurance Program of the COVID-19 Laboratory Network on November 8-9, 2022.  Three technical staff, Lei Lanna Dancel, Niquitta Galap, and Maria Carmen Corpuz, visited continue reading : RITM-MBL conducts remote lab assessment in Zamboanga

RITM-MBL presents PH Genomic Surveillance implementation at Virus Genomics and Evolution 2022 conference in UK

Two technical experts from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL) represented the Institute in the Virus Genomics Evolution conference held on November 9-11, 2022 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, United Kingdom.  Senior Science Research Specialist Ma. Angelica Tujan served as one of the speakers on the Epidemics and Outbreaks session continue reading : RITM-MBL presents PH Genomic Surveillance implementation at Virus Genomics and Evolution 2022 conference in UK

RITM trains on using multiplex PCR assay for Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 detection

Eight (8) laboratory staff from the RITM Virology Department and Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL) trained on the use of Multiplex PCR assay for the detection of Influenza and SARS-CoV-2, under the supervision of experts from the California Department of Public Health on July 18, 2022 to July 22, 2022. The United States Centers for Disease continue reading : RITM trains on using multiplex PCR assay for Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 detection

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Nat’l Polio Lab gears for expansion and detection of more viral pathogens

The National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) conducted its sixth Multistakeholders’ Meeting last June 23, 2022 via Zoom to cascade important updates on environmental surveillance (ES), specifically the establishment of an ES Concentration Laboratory in Mindanao and the ES transition plan for the detection of other viral pathogens aside continue reading : Nat’l Polio Lab gears for expansion and detection of more viral pathogens

RITM inoculates Batangas and Quezon locals for National Vaccination Days IV

In support of the conduct of the fourth batch of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Vaccination Days,” the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its COVID-19 Vaccination Team, administered 146 COVID-19 vaccine jabs in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Dolores, Quezon last March 10-12, 2022.  The RITM Vaccination Team was specifically deployed to the Padre Pio continue reading : RITM inoculates Batangas and Quezon locals for National Vaccination Days IV

Lab Network QAP: Ensuring quality COVID-19 tests for all Filipinos

RITM was the first, and for a time, the sole COVID-19 testing facility in the country. The Institute led the capacity building of various labs in the country to help expand the national testing capacity; and is now implementing the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for the COVID-19 PCR Laboratory Network.  “Ah, yung ospital ng mga continue reading : Lab Network QAP: Ensuring quality COVID-19 tests for all Filipinos