View comments PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time LATEST STORIES City government transactions are supposed to use accountable forms with receipts duly registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.Receipt no. 001 issued on November 13, 2012 by Anabel Zapanta describes the P200,000 as payment for “Kasadya sa SRP registration fee” for the duration of the carnival from Dec.7, 2012 to February 24, 2013.Another acknowledgment receipt was issued by Zapanta on Nov. 13, 2012 stating that the P200,000 was “partial payment” of Abayata for carnival operations from Dec. 1, 2012 to Jan. 30, 2013.Noel wrote the council that he could not attend the executive session this week “because I am busy attending to the documents of carnival rides that arrived from Manila for the Kasadya sa SRP.”His letter was received at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday. Before noon, another letter from Noel reached the mayor’s office saying he was withdrawing his complaint against Varquez.Councilors agreed to invite both parties again next week.Read Next ROBERTO “Bu” Varquez, manager of the South Road Properties (SRP), said he would attend next week’s executive session of the Cebu City Council to answer questions about the fees being collected in the Kasadaya s SRP.He skipped the invitation to appear this week, saying he was advised by city administrator Jose Marie Poblete that it was no longer necessary as the complaint against him was withdrawn.ADVERTISEMENT PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements SMC bags Bulacan airport project He said the amount would not be paid in cash but had to be spent on “professionalizing the operation of our rides like rehabilitation and repainting, uniform and IDs of the operators, light and power.”MORE STORIESnewsinfoRobinsons, Japan firm want to invest in SRPnewsinfoProbe ordered on extort complaintnewsinfoProbe ordered on extort complaintMORE STORIESnewsinfoRobinsons, Japan firm want to invest in SRPnewsinfoProbe ordered on extort complaintnewsinfoProbe ordered on extort complaintNoel and Varquez will be invited again by the City Council after both didn’t show up for an executive session for them this week.Last November 19, Noel wrote Mayor Michael Rama to accuse Varquez of extortion.The mayor was given a copy of an unofficial receipt for the P200,000 paid by the carnival operator last year.The receipt was the ordinary kind sold in office supply stores.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Trader Leonardo Noel Jr., in a letter to the City Council this week, said he would no longer pursue his Nov. 19 complaint of extortion.He said the P200,000 he paid last year as “registration fee” was already returned to his employer, Feliza Abayata, owner of Lecian Carnival, since “it is not necessary and it is not a requirement for the Kasadya sa SRP.”FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“Where did the money go? Why was it returned after one year?” asked Councilor James Cuenco after the letter was read aloud.In his letter, Noel said the matter was already clarified regarding the payment of P50,000 per ride that was asked from the carnival owner. What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teens still in school uniform when rescued by police
Source:https://www.hkbu.edu.hk/ Jun 20 2018The research team of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invented a medical device with a specific nanotechnology layer for the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) in vitro. Compared with traditional methods, the team’s novel matrix can reduce the risk of carcinogenesis or inflammation in stem cell therapy – a treatment that offers hope of a cure for incurable diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases, chronic systemic diseases and degenerative joint diseases. This pioneering invention won the team the Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held in Switzerland in April 2018. The application for a US patent has been filed.The team was jointly led by Professor Ken Yung Kin-lam of the Department of Biology and Associate Professor Dr Jeffery Huang Zhifeng of the Department of Physics.Professor Ken Yung said, “With the global population aging rapidly, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease) are regarded as the main threat and burden to global healthcare. Recently, scientists have turned their focus on cell replacement therapies, including stem cell therapy, which have shown huge promise in treating neurodegenerative diseases. Stem cell therapy is a treatment using stem cells to cultivate new and normal cells, tissues or organs and then transplanted to people to restore physiological function by replacing damaged or dead cells.””Traditional methods for proliferation and differentiation of NSCs require a large number of additional growth factors in a culture medium, which are kinds of polypeptides and can regulate many aspects of cellular function that may stimulate the growth of cancer cells and increase the risk of developing tumors in vivo after transplantation.” Professor Yung added.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorAbcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell LinesDr Jeffery Huang said that the layer of nanostructure of their new invention is made of biocompatible materials, and avoids the use of additional growth factor or other biochemical for cultivating cells. After growth and cell differentiation, it is hoped that the mature cell can turn into a therapeutic agent for stem cell therapy.Dr Huang said, “The NSCs are under ‘physical massage’ when they come into physiological contact with the matrix we developed. Owing to the appropriate design and choice of materials and structure of the matrix, the ‘physical massage’ resembles the Chinese medicine acupuncture technique which causes the cells to differentiate into functional cells that are in urgent demand in cell replacement therapy to treat neurodegenerative diseases, cancers and tumors. Importantly, the physical massage, which minimizes the use of growth factors, should substantially reduce the risk of carcinogenesis in clinical trials.”Professor Ken Yung said, “The novel matrix enables scientists to cultivate NSCs by adopting the usual method, however with the added advantage of organic compounds (like Polylysine and Polyornithine) being excluded from the process, thereby reducing the potential risk of carcinogenesis or inflammation in stem cell therapy. It could provide a safe platform for research into stem cell therapies using the latest, novel nanotechnology, and also help boost the development of regenerative medicine.”Making use of the proprietary invention, the team has established Mat-A-Cell Limited with the aim of providing an advanced device to research institutions and companies that develop cell therapy.