DOST releases funds to finance study on transgender in Zamboanga City

February 5, 2015 6:17 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 4 — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) has approved the release of almost P250,000 study grant on transgender in this city.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said Wednesday the study is entitled “Clinical and Metabolic Profile of Male-to-Female Transgender in Zamboanga City.”

Manzano said the study is expected to start next month and shall be completed in six months.

Manzano said the research will receive funding assistance of P232,223 from the DOST-PCHRD through the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD).

She said the conduct of the study is in line with the growing number of transgenders in the country who are currently taking self-prescribed hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Alex Pang, Jr., Zamboanga City Medical Center researcher and medical resident, said the study aims to increase awareness not only among male to female transsexuals, but also among health practitioners on the effects of taking self-prescribed cross-sex hormone therapy.

“The treatment of such individuals to acquire the physical appearance of other sex is through hormonal treatment or surgical manipulation. The study will also determine the characteristics of transgender currently or previously on cross-sex hormonal treatment,” Pang said.

Aside from gaining a better knowledge and understanding on the results or consequences of taking self-prescribed hormonal replacement therapy, Pang said the research findings will also help the Department of Health (DOH) in conducting thorough investigation and research on related issues which will contribute to policy formulation to regulate the use of the same. (PNA)

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