Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz is recognized for important part of the Phillipines-based investigative team for the Collaborative Center for XDP. Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz, MD, FPPS, is Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Philippines Manila, Executive Director, National Institutes of Health and Program Director for Health, Philippine Genome Center, University of the Philippines. As Director of the Institute, Dr. Cutiongco-de la Paz oversees the genetic counseling and genetic testing program offered to X-linked dystonia parkinsonism (XDP) patients. This program is instrumental in the clinical care of patients, as well as ongoing research studies into the mechanism and prevalence of XDP. A recent study by Pasco et al. (2104) recently validated a new assay to detect genetic mutations found in XDP patients, which will be used at the Institute of Human Genetics. Learn more (download PDF) Dr. Cutiongco-de la Paz received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the UP College of Science in 1984. She finished her Doctor of Medicine degree from the UP College of Medicine in 1989, and completed her pediatric residency at the Philippine General Hospital in 1992. She received awards as an outstanding intern and most outstanding resident in pediatrics in the same institution. She had her research fellowship in molecular genetics at the International Center for Medical Research at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan under the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship, and took her subspecialty training in Clinical Genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada as a UP Medical Alumni Society of America Scholar. She was board-certified as a fellow by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists in 2000. Dr Cutiongco-de la Paz was a Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee for the field of Genetic Medicine in 2002, and was also recognized by the National Academy of Science and Technology as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) in the same year. She was also recognized as one of the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) for medicine in 2007. She received the 2011 UP Manila's Outstanding Researcher and the Professorial Chair for Excellence in Teaching and Research in Pediatrics and Genetics. She was the chair of the Technical Review Board of the NIH Philippines from 2006-2011, and was recently appointed as program director for the Genomics Health Program of the Philippine Genome Center. Her most recent award is the Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Award for Research, given by the Philippine Medical Association in May of 2012.