PNRI inaugurates Radiation Research Center in QC

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) inaugurated the Radiation Research Center in Quezon City on 29 June 2022.

Located inside the PNRI compound, the Radiation Research Center will offer innovations for a wide range of radiation research, such as immediate and late effects of radiation; radiation oncology; drug discovery and development; DNA repair radiation, dose-lethality and mitigation, cellular radiobiology; tumor radiotherapy, among others.

The inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremony, spearheaded by PNRI Atomic Research Division and Health Physics Research Section, was led by the DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

“I am certain that the exceptional innovations in radiation research that will be produced in the RRC will be very useful in translating results from the laboratory bench to the clinical setting,” Sec. de la Peña said, expressing confidence in the wide opportunities RRC can provide in the future.

The DOST Secretary also pointed out that the inaugurated research center funded by DOST and its line agency, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, will be contributory in the efforts on decreasing the overall effects of cancer and other radiation-induced morbidities to the Philippine population and support the country’s battle against cancer and various effects of radiation exposure, closing his message with congratulations and applause to the team behind the nuclear S&T project.

PNRI completed the establishment last December 2019, and this inaugurated facility is expected to play a key role in developing the Philippines’ expertise in radiation research through training of new generation researchers and young scientists.

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Façade of the newly inaugurated Radiation Research Center in DOST-PNRI

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Radiation Research Center commenced by DOST Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña (fourth from left)

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From left: PNRI Deputy Director Dr. Vallerie Ann Samson, DOST Sec. de la Peña, Project Leader Dr. Chitho Feliciano, and PNRI Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Lucille Abad)

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RRC Staff (from right): Mr John Paul Cabahug CIP-Senior SRS/Medical Physicist, Ms. Shalaine Tatu Senior SRS/Medical Physicist, Dr. Chitho Feliciano Proj. Leader & Principal Investigator, Mr. Bernard Isaiah Lo SRS I/Licensed Chemist, & Mr. Jomar Pantua, Proj. Asst.)