DOST-PCHRD to showcase latest health research initiatives in virtual NSTW 2020

To showcase the latest health research developments in the country while observing safety protocols for COVID-19, the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is joining the DOST’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2020 through virtual activities from October to November 2020.

The DOST-wide celebration, to be held on 23-29 November 2020 with DOST line agencies, carries the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan.” This major event aims to showcase research and development initiatives of the DOST and the entire scientific community that aim to improve the quality of Filipino lives during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To kick off this year’s series of NSTW activities on health research, the Council is holding the HERDIN Plus Online Learning webinar to guide students, researchers, and educators on how to access health and health research-related information through HERDIN Plus. The event will be held this 22 October 2020 through Zoom and broadcasted on DOST-PCHRD’s Facebook page.

A  mental health research writeshop will also be conducted in anticipation of the DOST-wide celebration. With the recent launch of the mental health research agenda, outputs of the writeshop will help participants gear for the next mental health research call for proposals.

Hataw Agham, an annual DOST-PCHRD promoting physical activities for health, is also pushing through via online platform this year. In partnership with the PCHRD-funded project Improving Neurocognition through Dance and Kinesthetics (INDAK), Hataw Agham will be showcasing the benefits of dance in improving cognitive health among the elderly through online dance modules to be released via the DOST-PCHRD Facebook page.

As its flagship event for NSTW 2020, the DOST-PCHRD will hold a virtual session highlighting PCHRD-funded technologies and programs in response to COVID-19. Through the official NSTW virtual platform to be announced on the NSTW website (nstw.dost.gov.ph), the session will be streamed live on 23 November 2020.

Other DOST-PCHRD projects on functional food, biomedical engineering and hospital technologies, and ICT for Health will be featured in the NSTW virtual exhibit as well.

For more updates on the DOST-PCHRD’s activities for NSTW 2020, tune in to our online platforms― on Facebook at facebook.com/dostpchrd, on Twitter at  twitter.com/DOST_PCHRD, and our website at pchrd.dost.gov.ph.