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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will celebrate its 35th year anniversary on 17 March 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. 


With the theme, “Health Innovations: Translating Science to Benefit,” the anniversary will feature talks from translational medicine experts and stakeholders, specifically on the role of the health research community in cultivating an enabling environment for research translation. Current trends, issues, and challenges in the field will also be taken up in the discussions.

Part of the program is recognizing DOST-PCHRD’s longstanding partnership with Gruppo Medica, Inc., that led to the creation of the DOST-PCHRD – Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine. The award was granted to motivate students to view research as an opportunity to contribute to the national health agenda while they develop their careers in research.

During the anniversary celebration, the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board will also be awarding newly-accredited Research Ethics Committees that are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics in health research.

The Clinical Research Fellowship Program for Hepatology will also be launched during the event. The program is a partnership among DOST-PCHRD, Hepatology Society of the Philippines, Inc., and Fondazione Italiano Fegato, an Italy-based heath institution dedicated to liver studies.

“The research process does not end with project completion. Research results must be translated into quantifiable outputs and must be able to reach its target beneficiaries,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.

Health researchers and policymakers nationwide are expected to grace the celebration. DOST-PCHRD hopes to foster local and international partnerships and provide an opportunity to present existing research products and services to a wider set of intended users and contribute to national health goals.

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The International Prize for Biology was established in 1985 to commemorate the
sixty-year reign of Emperor Showa and his long devotion to biological research. It also
pays tribute to the present Emperor, His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, who has labored
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continuously to elevate the international stature of the Prize.

Each year, the International Prize for Biology is conferred upon a distinguished
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Once every decade, “systematic biology and taxonomy” is selected for the Prize as it is
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Deadline: April 21, 2017

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Ortigas Center, QUEZON CITY- The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) joined the 24th annual convention of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) on 15-17 February 2017 at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila.

With the theme “Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Showcasing Trends, Achievements and Research (P.I.D.S.T.A.R),” the Convention highlighted relevant clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic management of common infectious diseases in community and hospital settings.

Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, shared his expertise on “Research Strategies, Trends and Opportunities in Pediatric Infectious Disease” wherein he cited that infectious diseases account for 15 million deaths per year worldwide and affect the young and elderly people and the poorest sections of society. 

He also highlighted the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), the country’s template for health research and development efforts. “At present, the Council, together with its stakeholders, is preparing the NUHRA 2017-2022 that will address prevailing diseases,” Dr. Montoya discussed.

Other topics included in the PIDSP Convention were “The Comeback of Old Vaccine Preventable Diseases” discussed by Dr.  Ma. Carmen Nievera of Asian Hospital and Medical Center, “Genetics and Infectious Diseases” by Dr. Eva Marie Cutiongco-Dela Paz of University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, and “Adjunct or Junk Therapies in Pediatric Infectious Diseases” by Dr. Cecilia C. Maramba-Lazarte of UP Manila.

PCHRD’s Health Research and Development Information Network (HERDIN), the national health research repository of the Philippines, also participated in the Convention’s exhibit. (With reports from Judy Ann Bacud, Project Assistant III, PCHRD). 

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), in partnership with the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) of the Ateneo de Manila University, hosted a two-day kick-off meeting on “eHealth Technologies and Data Governance” on 27 to 28 February 2017 at San Alberto Hurtado Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City and Capitol Resort Hotel, Lingayen, Pangasinan, respectively. 

Supported by the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI), the meeting officially launched the October 2017 “Learning Interaction on eHealth Technologies in the ASEAN” conference, a part of the 2017 Philippine hosting of the ASEAN. 

Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, cited that the Philippines has long been challenged by constraints in accessibility and availability of healthcare services and information wherein about 90% of health professionals and 60% of tertiary hospitals where only found in urban areas. 

Due to these limitations, DOST recognizes that the solution lies in a strategy that incorporates SMARTER technologies. This is where eHealth comes into place. The eHealth program serves as one of the countries’ primary strategies to reform the current health care system,” Dr. Montoya emphasized. 

Highlights of the program were two book launchings, the “Breaking Ground for HATID ASEAN: Proceedings of ASEAN-Level Technical Meetings on eHealth Technologies for Local Government Units” and the “eHealth LGU User Guide and Manual.” Presentations and discussions on the Indonesian, Thailand, and Philippine HATID ASEAN proposal were held.   

The Province of Pangasinan, through Provincial Health Officers Anna Teresa De Guzman and Cielo Almoite, also shared their experiences on integrating eHealth technologies for data and health governance in their province.  

ASEAN-NDI, hosted by PCHRD, is the first health research and development (R&D) innovation network under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

ERMITA, Manila – Researchers from the health, agriculture, industry, and the academe sectors come together at the 2nd National Research and Development Conference held 15 February 2017 at The Manila Hotel, Ermita, Manila.

The annual activity led by the research councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) served as a venue to present their S&T research priorities for the next five years, collectively termed as the Harmonized National Research and Development R&D Agenda 2017-2022. 

Plans and programs under DOST Science for Change Program (S4CP) emphasize the importance of collaborative research among stakeholders in the government, industry, and the academe to leverage growth in the Philippine economy. Through S4CP, DOST will focus its research outputs on addressing the country’s issues on inequality, employment, and economic competitiveness.  “In fact, in all three areas, reducing inequality, creating opportunities, and expanding potential for (economic) growth are areas where science and technology, research and development can contribute significantly,“ DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña said in his opening message.

DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara also mentioned that the national agenda will promote cohesiveness among research outcomes and ensure that DOST researches are relevant to economic growth.

The National Health S&T Agenda was presented by Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The S&T agenda was consolidation of health research priorities set by DOST with inputs from health experts and stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Health research priorities include diagnostics for priority diseases, herbal drug discovery and development, functional foods from local species, affordable hospital equipment and biomedical devices, ICT for health policymaking, dengue trends, nutrition and food safety, disaster risk reduction, and health and climate change adaptation.

Current issues, trends, and opportunities in health research were also discussed during the afternoon breakout session. Dr. Montoya also provided an in-depth discussion on PCHRD’s proposal application and evaluation processes. He assured the group of PCHRD support in every step of their research endeavor as long as it is in line with the health S&T agenda.