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Dopamine from Bananas? Pharmacy students present study at the 7th AASP in Taipei, Taiwan

Updated: November 10, 2015

Research studies are usually conducted by university faculty who then submit their papers to be reviewed by their peers. At the Philippine Women’s University, two students from the School of Pharmacy did a group thesis on banana peels that not only fulfilled their academic requirements for graduation but which has also caught the attention of academic and professional organizations here and abroad.

Dopamine is a chemical messenger that helps transmit brain signals but the research study conducted by PWU students Mary Joy Kasilag and Faith Danica Ramos is sending other signals as well. Entitled “Characterization and Quantitative Determination of Dopamine Isolated from the Peels of Philippine Varieties of Banana,” the innovative research study was accepted for presentation at the 7th Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy held in Taipei, Taiwan last October 30 to November 2, 2015.

The students’ trip was sponsored by the PWU Alumni Association Foundation whose president, Mrs. Lourdes M. Fajardo said, “this is an achievement for our PWU students and this grant is PWUAAF’s way of signaling our support.”


Posted: May 5, 2015

Dopamine is a chemical messenger that helps transmit brain signals which help regulate emotional responses and movement. Recently, PWU 4th year BS Pharmacy student May Joy C. Kasilag’s group thesis on “Characterization and Quantitative Determination of Dopamine Isolated from the Peels of Philippine Varieties of Banana” was selected in the poster presentation during the 2015 National Convention of the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) held last April 23-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City.

According to Dean Juliet Uy, the poster presentation was part of the exhibit of the advances in research and practice in the different fields of pharmacy. Seventeen of the posters presented were from Pharmacy Practice, one was from Pharmacy Education, and 25 were from Pharmaceutical Sciences. Poster presenters were selected from submissions across the country by the Oral and Poster Presentations Subcommittee of the PPhA including Dr. Imelda G. Peña and Dr. Monet M. Loquias.

The research of Kasilag and her groupmates, Krestelle J. Lorilla, Katryn Dane C. Punsalang and Faith Danica R. Ramos, was chosen as one of the few undergraduate student researches to be part of the Pharmaceutical Sciences cluster. Pharmacy Faculty Sigfredo B. Mata is the Thesis Adviser.

The School of Pharmacy offers Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmacy Adminsitration and Master of Science in Pharmacy with specialization in Clinical Pharmacy. Among its distinguished alumni is National Scientist, Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo who served as Dean of PWU’s College of Pharmacy.

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