Having been accepted to present his scientific paper in the national limelight in the field of research, a Matias doctor of 2016 successfully carried out his sole purpose to add the laurels to his beloved Alma Mater in the recently concluded 2nd Philippine Herbal Medicine Summit held at AG World Manila Bay Hotel, Pedro Gil St. Ermita, Manila last October 4 to 5, 2018.
Bringing the name of MHAM with his paper titled, “Nephroprotective Activity of Virgin Coconut Oil on a Murine Model of Cisplatin-induced Intrinsic Acute Kidney Injury: A Dose- and Time-dependent Trial”, Dr. John Paul “JP” L. de la Cruz was among the forty (40) research-presenters nationwide in the pharmaceutical field who graced the annual event. This year, its theme was centered on “Integrating Herbal Medicine into the Philippine Health Care System” organized by the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP).
Co-organized by the Philippine Council For Health Research and Development and Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), this year’s gathering among participant-researchers was sponsored by ESCO Group, a world class and renowned Singapore-based life science company in cooperation with other participating groups.
According to the MHAM alumnus who exemplified competence in research since he was still a student, he is forever indebted to the institution that brings out the finest version of himself to keep going and to challenge his limits just as the future is yet in his power to become an inspiration to others.
“Presenting a scientific study to the different medically-inclined individuals will add to the existing knowledge that we have right now. It’s a privilege because not all can be given a chance to do this kind of thing, and bringing the name of MHAM where I came from would add colors to the existing laurel that our school is currently embracing especially in the field of medical research. The study that I presented was on how VCO can ameliorate the acute kidney injury brought by cisplatin intoxication. With this preliminary study, it will provide start up knowledge in going deep on how VCO could save the kidneys from damaging”, Dr. dela Cruz said.
Raising the banner of competency with their respective scientific papers mostly from UP, UST, DLSU and other dominating schools in any area for medicinal plant research in agriculture, non-clinical, formulation and clinical trials, Dr. JP presented his poster paper on the first day of the aforementioned summit with the selection of five best research papers and a cash prize of Php20,000 each which was dominated by the University of the Philippines.
Looking forward to become an academician after his PGIship at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center where he is currently pursuing his residency training for Obstetrics Gynecology, Dr. JP expressed his gratitude once more to the temple of learning that cradled his medical journey from the very first day in medschool. “MHAM is like a stage mother for me. She supports her students to whatever endeavor we choose. Since day 1 of my medschool, she stood by my side and pushes me hard to be a better version of myself. I’ve seen her on her darkest moment. She strived hard and rose from all kinds of damage that she absorbed. Just like her, we’ve been bruised but we never throw in towels”, he added.
Bringing honor to his family especially to a smiling mother who is always beaming with pride watching him as he grow older from being a responsible person to a committed physician, this SOLARIUM doctor also added that his paper has been accepted for Oral Presentation for the upcoming 23rd Annual Convention of the National Products Society of the Philippines (NPSP) to be held at the Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos State University on December 6-7, 2018. At the moment, he is still to decide whether to push it or not due to time constraints.
Motivated by the byword that gratitude unlocks the fullness of life as there is so much to be grateful for, Dr. JP seasons each passing day with gratified spirit and attitude in the midst of challenging times. A MHAM maven by heart, his inspiring contribution to the institution will always shine on its own way just as he yearns to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. (Ana Liza Abao)