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Angeles University Foundation

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Angeles City, Philippines

The Angeles University Foundation , is a private Roman Catholic university in Angeles City, Philippines and it is considered as the premiere university of Central Luzon. It is a non-stock, non-profit educational institution established on May 25, 1962 by Mr. Agustin P. Angeles, Dr. Barbara Y. Angeles and family. After only less than nine years of operation, the Institution was granted University status on April 16, 1971 by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. It is one of few Philippine universities granted autonomous status, with a number of its degree programs having been duly recognized as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development by the Commission on Higher Education.Today, AUF has the highest percentage of faculty with graduate degrees in the Central Luzon region, and among the highest in the Philippines. These qualifications are the foundation for its vaunted quality instruction and research, as evidenced by: Autonomous Status since 2003; Institutional Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation certification from the Commission on Higher Education ; Accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities ; ISO 9001-2000 Certification by TUV-SUD; Center of Excellence in Information Technology and Teacher Education as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education; and Center of Development for Computer Engineering and Nursing from the same government arm. Now on its 50th year of operation, AUF has a total of 63 academic programs scattered across 8 colleges excluding a Medical and Law school. Wikipedia.


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Aquilino S.V.L.,University of the Philippines | Tango J.M.,University of the Philippines | Fontanilla I.K.C.,University of the Philippines | Pagulayan R.C.,Angeles University Foundation | And 3 more authors.
Molecular Ecology Resources | Year: 2011

This study represents the first molecular survey of the ichthyofauna of Taal Lake and the first DNA barcoding attempt in Philippine fishes. Taal Lake, the third largest lake in the Philippines, is considered a very important fisheries resource and is home to the world's only freshwater sardine, Sardinella tawilis. However, overexploitation and introduction of exotic fishes have caused a massive decline in the diversity of native species as well as in overall productivity of the lake. In this study, 118 individuals of 23 native, endemic and introduced fishes of Taal Lake were barcoded using the partial DNA sequence of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene. These species belong to 21 genera, 17 families and 9 orders. Divergence of sequences within and between species was determined using Kimura 2-parameter (K2P) distance model, and a neighbour-joining tree was generated with 1000 bootstrap replications using the K2P model. All COI sequences for each of the 23 species were clearly discriminated among genera. The average within species, within genus, within family and within order percent genetic divergence was 0.60%, 11.07%, 17.67% and 24.08%, respectively. Our results provide evidence that COI DNA barcodes are effective for the rapid and accurate identification of fishes and for identifying certain species that need further taxonomic investigation. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Naser E.,National University of Singapore | Mackey S.,National University of Singapore | Arthur D.,Angeles University Foundation | Klainin-Yobas P.,National University of Singapore | And 2 more authors.
Midwifery | Year: 2012

Objectives: to explore the traditional birthing practices of Singaporean women. Research design: a qualitative study using a phenomenological approach. Data were collected using individual interviews, which were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Colaizzi's phenomenological method was used to analyse the data. Setting: obstetric outpatient clinics in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Participants: a purposive sample of 30 women, 1-3 months postpartum. Findings: two broad themes emerged-following tradition and challenging tradition. Key conclusions: Singaporean women experiencing pregnancy and childbirth follow tradition through the influence of their mother and mother-in-law and because of worry over consequences that may result if they do not. Tradition is also challenged through the modification or rejection of traditional practices and changing family roles and expectations. Implications: health professionals need to provide accurate information on traditional birthing practices and scientific evidence to support or refute such practices with the aim of preventing women from adhering to practices that are hazardous to them and the baby. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Chan M.F.,National University of Singapore | Lou F.-L.,Shandong University | Arthur D.G.,Angeles University Foundation
Evaluation and the Health Professions | Year: 2010

Caring for parents whose infant has died is extremely demanding, difficult, and stressful. In some situations, nurses may experience personal failure, feel helpless, and need to distance themselves from bereaved parents because they are unable to deal with the enormity of the parental feelings of loss. The aim of the study was to describe and compare attitudes toward perinatal bereavement care across a sample of nurses working in five obstetrics and gynecology settings from three Asian cities, as well as the factors associated with these attitudes. A survey was conducted, and 573 nurses were recruited from 2006 to 2007. The data were collected using the perinatal bereavement attitudes scale, which involves an 11-item self-report questionnaire. Nurses' attitudes were mainly positive, but differed across cities, with the attitude of Jinan nurses being significantly more positive than nurses from the other two cities, and the attitude of Hong Kong nurses being significantly the lowest. Positive attitudes were associated with position, and nurses who were well informed of hospital policy and received training for bereavement care were statistically significantly more likely to have a positive attitude toward perinatal bereavement care. Although nurses' attitudes to prenatal bereavement care differ significantly across the three Asian cities, they are generally similar. The differences observed could be related to the wider social, cultural, and organizational circumstances of nursing practice. © The Author(s) 2010.


Pabalan N.,Angeles University Foundation | Francisco-Pabalan O.,Canadian Grain Commission | Jarjanazi H.,Environment Canada | Li H.,Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute | And 2 more authors.
Molecular Biology Reports | Year: 2012

The Val762Ala polymorphism poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase 1 (PARP1) gene [ADPRT (adenosine diphosphate ribosyltransferase) gene] affects enzymatic activity, which modulates cancer susceptibility among human populations. Individual data on 13,745 cases and 16,947 controls from 28 published case-control studies were re-evaluated. Odds ratios (OR) were estimated for ethnic group, cancer type, smoking joint effects and studies confined to the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. We applied subgroup, sensitivity and outlier analyses as well as the Bonferroni correction for multiple testing. The results show strong evidence that the variant (C) allele confers significant increased risk in the Chinese (OR 1.20-1.44, P < 0.0001-0.002), exacerbated by smoking (OR 1.66-2.53, P < 0.0001) and joint interaction with XRCC1 Arg399Gln (OR 1.39, P < 0.0001) as well as adjustment for tumor type (gastric carcinoma ORs 1.39-2.01, P < 0.0001). These significant effects were unaltered following conservative correction for multiple tests. By contrast, this procedure erased the protective significance in Caucasians, but not in two American subgroups, (i) those in the brain tumor category (0.77-0.79, P < 0.0001) and (ii) smokers in the dominant model (OR 0.86, P < 0.0001). These differential findings between the two ethnicities maybe correlated with significantly (P < 0.0001) greater allele frequency of the variant allele (C) among the Chinese compared to Caucasians. Our racial and tissue-specific summary estimates imply consideration of the Val762Ala polymorphism as candidate gene marker for screening cancer patients' best suited for PARP inhibitor therapy. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


Pabalan N.,Angeles University Foundation | Singian E.,Angeles University Foundation | Jarjanazi H.,Environment Canada | Steiner T.S.,University of British Columbia
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2013

The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the association of enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) with acute diarrhea in children of South Asian populations. Our meta-analysis included 18 studies published between 1989 and 2011. The odds ratio (OR) was used to evaluate all available observational epidemiology studies. Modifying effects on the overall OR were approached with outlier, subgroup, cumulative, and cumulative recursive analyses. Synthesis of the 18 observational studies revealed an association between EAEC carriage and acute diarrhea, with an overall OR of 1.51, which was significant (p = 0.008), heterogeneous (Pheterogeneity < 0.0001), and unaffected by outlier analysis. This analysis, however, affected the subgroups by eliminating the following: (i) heterogeneity (from P heterogeneity < 0.0001 to 0.30-0.72) of pooled ORs in the underpowered (OR 1.37, p = 0.15), Indian (OR 1.92, p = 0.09), and hospital-based (OR 1.66, p = 0.06) studies; (ii) non-significance of these three subgroups (OR 1.56-2.01, p < 0.0001-0.003); (iii) significance of the high-powered studies (from OR 1.70, p = 0.02 to OR 1.15, p = 0.28); (iv) heterogeneity (from P heterogeneity < 0.0001-0.0002 to 0.11-0.15) of pooled ORs in period three (OR 1.85, p = 0.14), population-based (OR 1.36, p = 0.09), and pCVD432 (OR 1.53, p = 0.07) studies. In general, outlier treatment increased precision with the narrowing of confidence intervals, overall, and in the subgroups. Cumulative meta-analysis generally resulted in increases in the frequencies of significant effects and of heterogeneity. This meta-analysis on observational studies suggests that the association between EAEC and acute diarrhea in children is that of increased risk. This effect generally comes from heterogeneous studies of South Asian populations, but is modified with outlier and subgroup treatments. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Pabalan N.,Angeles University Foundation | Jarjanazi H.,Environment Canada | Ozcelik H.,Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute
International Journal of Colorectal Disease | Year: 2013

Purpose: Inconsistency of reported associations between the C1420T polymorphism in the cytosolic serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT1) gene and colorectal cancer (CRC) prompted us to undertake a meta-analysis. Methods: We conducted searches of published literature in MEDLINE through PubMed up to April 2012. Individual data on 5,043 cases and 6,311 controls from 15 published case-control studies were evaluated. Meta-analyses were performed on the compiled dataset. Results: In the overall analysis, association was lacking between the C1420T polymorphism and CRC risk (odds ratio [OR] 0.96-1.04, p = 0.47-0.77), materially unchanged when reanalyzed without the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium-deviating studies (OR 1.03-1.09, p = 0.22-0.55) or subjected to outlier treatment (OR 0.89-0.99, p = 0.10-0.8). In the ethnic subgroups, Europeans were susceptible (OR 1.11-1.17, p = 0.13-0.48) and Americans, slightly protected (OR 0.86-0.87, p = 0.49-0.61). The increased risk effects, however, became null following outlier treatment (OR 0.95-1.06). Test for interaction between decreased risk associations in the low-folate subgroup (OR 0.60-0.85, p = 0.009-0.03) with the susceptible effects in the high-folate category (OR 1.14-1.22, p = 0.19-0.32) was significant (p interaction = 0.004). Conclusions: Overall summary estimates imply no associations but suggest geography-specific effects of the SHMT1 polymorphism that render Europeans susceptible, but not Americans. Folate status appears to show an inverse association of this polymorphism with CRC. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Yao X.,Peking Union Medical College | Li Z.,Peking Union Medical College | Arthur D.,Angeles University Foundation | Hu L.,Capital Medical University | Cheng G.,Capital Medical University
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing | Year: 2014

The Violence Risk Screening-10 is one of the few instruments available for evaluating violence risk in mental health clients during and after hospitalization. This prospective study examined the applicability of this brief instrument with a sample of 289 clients in the 6 months after discharge from a general psychiatric hospital in Beijing. During the research period, 24 of the 289 clients demonstrated aggression. The receiver-operator characteristic curve yielded an area under the curve of 0.62. At the cut-off point of 4.5, its sensitivity/specificity was 79.2%/33.3%, and the corresponding positive/negative predictive value was 9.9%/94.5%. The predictive accuracy of this instrument was lower compared with the results of the original study, and was also less accurate than when it was administered while the clients were in the hospital. While promising in its utility for use beyond the hospital, it deserves further modification prior to its wide use across culturally-diverse China. © 2013 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.


PubMed | Biosensors, São Paulo State University, Angeles University Foundation and Autonomous University of Barcelona
Type: | Journal: Talanta | Year: 2016

This paper addresses a sensitive method for the detection of mycobacteria in hemodialysis water samples based on a magneto-actuated immunoassay with optical readout. In this approach, micro (2.8m) sized magnetic particles were modified with an antibody against the lipoarabinomannan (LAM) located in the mycobacterial cell wall. The system relies on the immunocapturing of the mycobacteria with the tailored antiLAM magnetic particles to pre-concentrate the bacteria from the hemodialysis samples throughout an immunological reaction. The performance of the immunomagnetic separation on the magnetic carrier was evaluated using confocal microscopy to study the binding pattern, as well as a magneto-actuated immunoassay with optical readout for the rapid detection of the bacteria in spiked hemodialysis samples. In this approach, the antiLAM polyclonal antibody was labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate. The optical readout was achieved by the incubation with a secondary anti-fluorescein antibody labeled with peroxidase as optical reporter. The magneto-actuated immunoassay was able to detect mycobacteria contamination in hemodialysis water at a limit of detection of 13CFUmL(-1) in a total assay time of 3h without any previous culturing pre-enrichment step.


Pabalan N.,Angeles University Foundation
Molecular biology reports | Year: 2012

The Val762Ala polymorphism poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase 1 (PARP1) gene [ADPRT (adenosine diphosphate ribosyltransferase) gene] affects enzymatic activity, which modulates cancer susceptibility among human populations. Individual data on 13,745 cases and 16,947 controls from 28 published case-control studies were re-evaluated. Odds ratios (OR) were estimated for ethnic group, cancer type, smoking joint effects and studies confined to the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. We applied subgroup, sensitivity and outlier analyses as well as the Bonferroni correction for multiple testing. The results show strong evidence that the variant (C) allele confers significant increased risk in the Chinese (OR 1.20-1.44, P < 0.0001-0.002), exacerbated by smoking (OR 1.66-2.53, P < 0.0001) and joint interaction with XRCC1 Arg399Gln (OR 1.39, P < 0.0001) as well as adjustment for tumor type (gastric carcinoma ORs 1.39-2.01, P < 0.0001). These significant effects were unaltered following conservative correction for multiple tests. By contrast, this procedure erased the protective significance in Caucasians, but not in two American subgroups, (i) those in the brain tumor category (0.77-0.79, P < 0.0001) and (ii) smokers in the dominant model (OR 0.86, P < 0.0001). These differential findings between the two ethnicities maybe correlated with significantly (P < 0.0001) greater allele frequency of the variant allele (C) among the Chinese compared to Caucasians. Our racial and tissue-specific summary estimates imply consideration of the Val762Ala polymorphism as candidate gene marker for screening cancer patients' best suited for PARP inhibitor therapy.


Robles-Austriaco L.,Angeles University Foundation | Luna M.L.S.,Angeles University Foundation | Tolentino M.V.,Angeles University Foundation
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Ground Improvement | Year: 2012

The Philippines is a country of approximately 7000 islands and experiences monsoons and typhoons to an average of 20-30 typhoons per year which bring heavy rainfall. Due to the combinations of heavy rainfall and loss of indigenous vegetation, increasingly the Philippines is experiencing larger and more numerous landslides. In response to this identified problem the College of Engineering, Angeles University Foundation has undertaken some research on vetiver grass and other bio-methods for soil stabilisation. The objectives were to collect, repackage and disseminate information on bio-methods. To achieve these objectives, the Vetiver Grass Information Center was established to provide information not only on vetiver grass but also on other bio-methods for steep slope stabilisation and rehabilitation of degraded and disturbed land in many places. This paper presents research results, applications in the Philippines and the dissemination of information through the Vetiver Grass Information Center.

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