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Costus igneus, commonly known as fiery costus, step ladder or spiral flag is referred also as “insulin plant” because of its anti-diabetic properties.

Aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3—ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages—the research project “Effect of Costus igneus on Obesity and other Metabolic Disorders in Diet-Induced Obese Male ICR Mice” led by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Program Chair for the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH), was formally launched in an agreement signing ceremony between UPOU and its partners held on 25 January 2018 at the UP Open University’s Community Hub, Los Banos, Laguna.

Most studies on Costus igneus that were done in India, reported its therapeutic potentials particularly its anti-diabetic properties. This research will explore the health benefits of Costus igneus, locally known as “insulin plant”, in combating obesity, a major global concern that accounts as one of the causes of several metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in the Philippines. It specifically aims to profile the plant and determine its effect on metabolic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia, among others.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the research project was signed by Chancellor Melinda dP. Bandalaria for UPOU, Ms. Karina G. Zobel for Coophub, and Dr. Felix Librero for UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI). Present as witnesses were Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) and Dr. Oscar J. Tayko, Chairman/CEO of BSP Credit Surety Fund.

This research project is Asst. Prof. Oruga’s dissertation for her PhD Degree in Human Nutrition, major in Public Health Communication at UP Los Baños. Her adviser and co-principal investigator, Dr. Wilma Hurtada, and her research assistant, Mr. Von Kevin Alag were also present during the MOA signing. (JRBagos)

Faculties-in-charge under the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies listen intently during the Orientation done for 2nd Semester AY 2017-2018 on 19 January 2018.

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) conducted the Faculty-In-Charge (FIC) Orientation for the Second Semester AY 2017-2018 on 19 January 2018 at the Audio Visual Room, UPOU Headquarters, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna.

As part of the Faculty’s thrust to enhance the learning experience of its students…

Read more: FMDS conducts FIC Orientation for Second Semester AY 2017-2018

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