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Castillo Presents Paper

Asst. Prof. Josefino R. Castillo of the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, presented his paper, "Membrane-bound catechol-O-methyltransferase Val158Met A/G single nucleotide polymorphism and academic performance" in the Cell Biology Education section of the joint 7th Asia-Pacific Organization for Cell Biology Congress and American Society for Cell Biology Workshops held at the Biopolis, Singapore on February 24 - 27, 2014. The congress was jointly organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL).

Mr. Castillo, who handles Cell and Molecular Biology and Animal Physiology in the College of Science, was praised for his controversial yet promising research on the possible link between genetics and academic performance specifically in science and mathematics. He cited some researches proving that Asian students, especially Chinese (Taiwan & Hongkong), Korean and Japanese, perform better in the two subject areas than other nationalities. The moderators, APOCB president Dr. Filipinas Natividad (Philippines) and vice-president Dr. Cynthia Jensen (New Zealand) also noted his emphasis on the need for an ethics review in researches involving human subjects.

During the congress, Mr. Castillo also acted as country representative (Philippines) together with Dr. Windell Rivera of the University of the Philippines. He presented the problems confronting local cell biology organizations including funding, lack of equipment, as well as the proliferation of professional groups that tend to diffuse the membership of the organization.

Mr. Castillo’s co-presentor is Prof. Rosalinda Mercedes E. Castillo of La Consolacion College-Manila. - JRC

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