Chair of the Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific
Lourdes J. Cruz (Chair 2015-2017)
Marine Science Institute
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
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Dr. Cruz is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines (UP) and Vice President of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). She is a National Scientist, a member of the National Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) of the Philippines, and a fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. A pioneer in Conus venom research, she is known for the discovery and elucidation of the biochemical and molecular nature of toxins from Conus marine snail, which are now used as pharmacological tools in the study of brain function and in drug development. Her research activities include toxins involved in harmful algal blooms. She links science and technology to poor rural communities and indigenous tribes through conservation, reforestation and bioresource management efforts. Dr. Cruz served for 12 years as the delegate of the Philippine Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (PSBMB) to the federation, FAOBMB and for nine years as delegate to the international union, IUBMB. Her three international awards include the Sven Brohult Award of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) in 1993, ASEAN Outstanding Scientist & Technologist in 2001 and the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2010.