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Head of BRIN’s Health Research Organization (RO), Ni Luh P. Indi Dharmayanti, said that there are many Indonesia adults with diabetes and obesity problems, including children aged 5 to 12 years.

“So it is hoped that the development of natural products can settle the problems of diabetes and obesity,” explained Indi, at the Scientific Talks event, held by BRIN through the Research Center for Vaccine and Drugs Development of the Health RO, online, Tuesday (22/03).

Two competent speakers were present at this event, one of whom were Professor Muhammad Taher from the School of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He presented the materials related to the mechanism of action of natural antidiabetic or antiobesity, which is a product in cell culture.

“The cell culture is an in vitro technique that can provide information about the mechanism of action of the proposed antidiabetic or antiobesity drug, and the further testing requires studies on the in-vivo, toxicity, and efficacy of this antidiabetic or antiobesity drug candidate,” said Taher.

On the same occasion, Zakki Fahmi, Head of the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Airlangga, presented the materials and opportunities for using carbon nanodots as nanomedicines that have  multifunctional role.

He explained that carbon nanodots play an important role in the treatment of HIV and cancer.

“Several modifications can be made to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the produced nanoparticles, aside from further opportunities for application of carbon nanodots in other medical fields,” said Zakki.

According to Indi, the materials related to carbon nanodots are also very interesting to know. She hoped that this can inspire us in developing carbon nanodots in the field of biomedics.

“The hope from this Scientific Talks event is that BRIN open up opportunities for collaboration between domestic and foreign researchers in the field of health, and provide solutions to the country’s resilience in the field of health,” concluded Indi. (wt ed sl/ed: tnt)