Besides that, Dr. Paulina Ormazábal, from the Institute of Health Sciences, presented some preliminary results in accordance with this new study at the XXIX SOCHED Congress which took place at Coquimbo.
Academy of Health Sciences Institute (ICS), Dr. Paulina Ormazábal, was awarded funding from the Chilean Endocrinology and Diabetes Association (SOCHED), which aims to promote clinical development, clinical research or basic clinical epidemiology in Endocrinology and Diabetes, which can serve as a basis for more advanced lines of study or future projects.
Dr. Ormazábal applied to funds with his project "Influence of plants Lampaya Medicinalis Phil. on JNK activation and levels of TNF-α and FABP4 induced by fatty acids in human hepatocytes HEPG2 ", which is a new branch of research developed by UOH academics regarding the beneficial effects of endemic plants, from the Chilean highlands, Lampaya Medicinalis, fight inflammation caused by fatty acids in liver cells.
"With this funding I will be able to choose to evaluate new molecular markers of inflammation through laboratory techniques that are far more specific and sensitive," explained Dr. Ormazábal.
Regarding the importance of giving these funds, researchers say that "that is the recognition of the research work that is developing within UOH. This work aims to validate ethno-pharmacological knowledge regarding the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of diseases. In particular, this study will study frequently occurring phenomena in obesity and in accordance with inflammation of the liver due to fat accumulation in liver cells. The above is transcendental when overweight and obesity are conditions with high prevalence nationally and globally and unfortunately our territory does not escape this reality ".
Scientifically verify that Lampaya Medicinalis It has anti-inflammatory effects, it will have a large impact locally and also nationally because it is a native Chilean plant, capable of projecting its use as a complementary therapy for the treatment of liver inflammatory phenomena associated with overweight and obesity.
In the top five SOCHED Congresses
Besides that, Dr. Ormazábal presented the preliminary results in accordance with this new line of research at the XXIX SOCHED Congress which took place in the municipality of Coquimbo, between 8 and 10 November.
The title of the work presented at the Congress was "Effect of hydroalkohol extract of Andes Lampaya on in vitro-induced steatosis in human hepatocytes "
On that occasion, the work was chosen among the top five in the field of translation endocrinology.
This research is the result of the multidisciplinary work of chemists, biologists and biochemists. Extract from Lampaya Medicinalis These were prepared and donated by researchers from the Chemical Biology Laboratory from the Antofagasta Institute, from the University of Antofagasta, while the experiments were carried out in the INTA Laboratory of Obesity, Metabolism and Aging.
It should be noted that, in October this year, ICS academics were awarded the SOCHINUT Scientific Development Fund Award – Henri Nestle 2018, which seeks to provide support and visibility to researchers who, with their active and innovative work, contribute to improving the quality of life for Chileans in the food sector , nutrition and health – with their research project "The protective effect of the Lampaya medicinalis Phil. plant on liver steatosis and inflammation caused by fatty acids in human hepatocytes HEPG2".