The 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week celebration comes to the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro City on August 13-16.
Hosted by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCOHRD), this year’s PNHRS Week theme is “Achieving Health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Research and Innovation." The celebration serves as a platform for the different stakeholders to discuss the current situation, challenges, and advancements related to improving health and equity through reinforced health research and innovation in the regions and local communities.
Plenary and parallel sessions of the main conference will cover topics related to strengthening partnerships and contributing research-based solutions in achieving Universal Health Care and health-related SDGs. Satellite events will feature capacity building sessions for the health research community.
Dr. Josept Mari Poblete and Dr. Sheriah Laine De Paz, received their MD-PhD degrees on Molecular Medicine last June 26, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay, during the University of the Philippines Manila’s 110th Commencement Exercises. This is a year early from their original completion schedule in 2020, setting a record in the MD-PhD program’s 10-year history.
Drs. Poblete and De Paz underwent the PCHRD Research Enrichment Program (Sandwich Research Program). Under this program, both scholars received funding from the DOST to conduct their research overseas. Dr. Poblete completed his research at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center while Dr. De Paz completed her research at the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Four other scholars of the PCHRD MD-PhD scholarship program obtained their degrees, namely: Dr. Cecile Dungog, Dr. Mark Joseph Abaca, Dr. Pia Regina Fatima Zamora, and Dr. Charles Patrick Uy.
The MD-PhD program in Molecular Medicine is the first dual degree program in the Philippines created through the partnership between the DOST-PCHRD and UPM College of Medicine. It is an eight-year program with five tracks, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology, and Medical Parasitology. The program was created to train aspiring physician-scientists on biomedical research for the advancement of health in the country.
Currently, there are 74 MD-PhD scholars under the program.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will hold the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pasay City.
With the theme “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” DOST will once again feature the contributions of science, technology, and innovation (STI) to the overall growth of national development.
This year, DOST will highlight its breakthrough programs, technologies, and services into eight clusters namely Food Security, Energy, and Environment; Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care; Biodiversity and Sustainable Use of Biological Resources; S&T Human Resource Development; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Resilience and Innovation; Equity and Growth in the Countryside; and International Linkages.
As lead of the Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care cluster, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will feature newly supported health technologies such as the Axis Knee Revision which is a technology for the revision of damaged original knee replacement systems. This technology will provide augments to the knee system that usually damages the bone due to implant operations.
The Council will also showcase the Balance on Action Team (BOAT), a study that addresses the need for a balance rehabilitation equipment that shall ensure a fast, engaging balance rehabilitation by developing an automated gamified balance board platform that aims for a balance exercise tool for faster, more improved, and more motivated balance rehabilitation process.
Another PCHRD-supported technology that will be featured, the Design and Development of Quantitative Gait Assessment Methods of Normal and Hemiplegic Gaits using 3D Motion Capture System and Wearable Inertial Sensors (GAIT), is an innovation that will provide a standard and objective assessment scheme for evaluating the gradual improvements of Filipino hemiplegic post-stroke patients, a reference database for normal and hemiplegic gaits which could be used as a treatment and as a biofeedback tool, and a baseline in developing alternative low-cost gait assessment methods such as wearable inertial sensors.
The Health Cluster will also house the technologies and products of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
"Our cluster will showcase the application of STI in various parts of the body: the head, heart, stomach, arms, legs, and extremities. We want to emphasize how science affects our bodies through all life stages,” Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Director, explained.
Aside from the annual exhibit, people can also expect weeklong interactive games, raffle, nutrition counseling, cooking demonstration, and photobooth. For more information, visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph!
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara urged the members of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) to aide in the commercialization of DOST-supported technologies during the general membership meeting of the at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 24 June 2019.
Every year, the DOST funds research and innovation projects amounting to millions of pesos with the hope of producing breakthroughs that can contribute to the country’s social and economic prosperity. However, bringing these technologies into the market is hindered by the lack of investors who can fund commercialization.
Recognizing this challenge, Usec. Guevara challenged the MAP members to volunteer as mentors to startups and spinoffs for DOST technologies and help DOST on technology valuation and commercialization. “DOST needs people like you to make sure that we can recoup our investment in research and development,” Usec. Guevara added.
Projects exhibited in the event include the Axis Knee System, Biotek M, e-Health tablet for Informed Decision Making of LGUs (eHatid), Mass Transit (AGT, HERT and HET), Jolt, The Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research (VISSER), DNA-Nanobiosensor, Foraged-Based Pellet Feeds for Goats, Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP), Microalgal Paste, Loading Efficiency of Magnalol in Different Metal Organic Framework and the ABC Genotyping of Hospital-Acquired Candida albicans. The first three technologies were funded by the PCHRD.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is currently calling for applications for the 12th HOPE Meeting to be held in Tokyo, Japan on 9 to 13 March 2020.
The HOPE Meeting is an event for graduate students and young researchers to network and engage in discussions with fellow academicians from different disciplines. It will also feature lectures, small group discussions, a poster session, oral presentations, a cultural experience program, and research facilities and historical heritages excursion.
The application is open to promising young researchers who obtained his/her PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or Physiology/Medicine and related fields (receiving their PhDs after 2 April 2014). Interested parties are requested to submit the accomplished application form together with the following documents to Office of the Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services (OUSEC-STS) not later than 26 August 2019:
Endorsement from head of agency
Copy of curriculum vitae; and
Copy of transcript of records
Please note that the applicant’s CV should highlight his/her publications in international/national/local ISI and non-ISI journals and proceedings as well as presentations in international/national/local fora. The applicant should also have a valid Philippine passport and be ready to travel in case he/she is selected.