All 17 regional research consortia worked as one to improve research dissemination and utilization strategies during their bi-annual assembly on 14 March 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) RU Committee Chair, stressed that research utilization is an important part of the research process in which each member of the System has crucial role to play. “We need the concerted efforts of everyone to broaden our reach and translate this reach to utilization of research results towards societal impact in health,” Dr. Acuin explained.

Highlight of the session was the reporting of the accomplishments of the regional consortia wherein achievements for the published papers, conducted research conferences, and other research dissemination activities were presented. Based from the presentations, members of the consortia agreed that a calendar of activities must be developed in order to keep track of all the regions’ research dissemination and utilization activities for the rest of the year.

Given the accomplishments and identified gaps, the need for more capacity building efforts was emphasized in terms of developing websites and social media, writing articles and policy notes, as well as creating capacities for managing and utilizing health research.

The RU meeting is part of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s 37th Anniversary pre-conference session which aims to gain insights on how health research dissemination and utilization can be strengthened across the regions.

Mr. Ray-an Talatala from the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) won the first prize in the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Contest on 15 March 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.  Mr. Talatala with his pitch “C.H.E.C.K. Before You Burn,” bested the other representatives of the 16 regional health research consortia.

The 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Contest is the very first attempt of the Council to cultivate researchers’ presentation and communication skills to policymakers through a competition.  In three minutes, the participants should be able to introduce themselves, state health research problem, present their proposed solution and its value proposition, and offered a call-to-action in front of a distinguished panel of judges.

Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Research Utilization Committee Chair Dr. Cecilia Acuin, UP National Institutes of Health (NIH) Executive Director Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco – De la Paz, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Chief Economic Development Specialist Ms. Arlene Ruiz, Philippine Heart Center Management Services Office Acting Head Dr. Peter San Diego Jr., and Department of Health (DOH) Health Research Division Medical Officer IV Dr. Gloria Nenita Velasco rated the participants’ performance based on comprehension, communication style, and engagement.

Second place and People’s Choice Award was given to Mr. Ryan Labana of the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) and 3rd place was won by Dr. Supachai Basit of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A.

Stressing the importance of effective communication in her closing remarks, Dr. Acuin said, “Policy-makers require accurate and timely evidence to assess complex issues. Because of this, researchers must be able to learn how to effectively communicate research evidence to influence the policy-making process in a limited time.”

ASEAN-NDI and ASEAN DxD Hub
Call for Proposals: ASEAN DxD Initiative

The ASEAN Diagnostics Development (DxD) Initiative is pleased to accept R&D project proposals aligned with diagnostics for Dengue, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and Malaria for CY 2019.

The ASEAN Diagnostics Development (DxD) Initiative is a joint program of Philippine’s ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) and Singapore’s Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD Hub) which focus to co-develop diagnostic products among ASEAN Member States (AMS) that will address the unmet clinical needs in ASEAN. The initiative was approved by the ASEAN last May 2018 during its COST-74 meeting in Thailand.

The Initiative will give a priority to proposals that are strategically fit and beneficial to ASEAN. Likewise, medical value, workflow efficiency, competitive landscape, and commercial attractiveness in the development of product are important and necessary as the drugs/expected outcome should be market-ready.

We encourage interested participants to submit proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach the following documents not later than 31 May 2019:

  • Completed project proposal template of ASEAN DxD Initiative
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of team members

Chosen proposals will be co-funded by DxD Hub amounting to $50,000 USD. Visit aseandxd.com for the details of application such as proposal form and evaluation criteria.

16th National Medical Writing Workshop and
9th Writeshop for Young Researchers

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
 12-13 August 2019
 
Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the 
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE),
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)
 
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
 
 
Application deadline: May 15, 2019
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) Inc. and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 16th National Medical Writing Workshop and 9th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 12-13 August 2019 in Cagayan De Oro. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation and meals during the workshop, and will be assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.

Requirements for participants

The workshop is designed for a maximum of forty (40) researchers in health sciences and health social sciences, aged 40 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a publication-ready manuscript of maximum 2,500 - 3,000 words, formatted for submission to a scholarly biomedical journal. Note that thesis, dissertations, and technical reports in original format and length do not qualify. 
The selected draft manuscripts will be reviewed and revised during the workshop, based on the lectures and exercises, under the guidance of the faculty and mentor – facilitators. All participants are expected to present a 7-minute power point summary of their revised manuscripts on the second day of the workshop, and agree to submit the article to an appropriate scholarly peer-reviewed journal within three (3) months after the workshop.

Instructions

Applicants should send the following requirements via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before May 15, 2019.
  1. Fill out the application form (Link: tinyurl.com/16thNMWW).
  2. Conforme slip (Link: tinyurl.com/NMWWConformeSlip)
  3. Abstract (in .docx and .pdf format)
  4. Draft of Journal Manuscript (in .docx and .pdf format) 
  5. Instructions to Authors for the target journal (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)
 
Please use this subject format in your email: Application_16th Writeshop_(Surname)
Please save your documents in this format:
  • Conforme Slip_(Surname)
  • Abstract_(Surname)
  • Manuscript_(Surname)
  • ITA_(Surname)
The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on June 5, 2019.

Should you have any concern, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Quiella Landicho (e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel. no.: (02) 837-7534 loc. 203/204). 

Deadline: April 15, 2019

 

The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking for qualified personnel to full up the available Associate Scientist and Assistant Scientist positions (Permanent). Agency employees with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

 

Particulars

Associate Scientist

(SG-25)

Assistant Scientist

(SG-24)

Education

Doctoral degree in the fields of natural, physical, or engineering sciences relevant to the job

Master’s degree in the field of natural, physical, or engineering sciences relevant to the job or its equivalent

Experience

Five (5) years of relevant experience after obtaining PhD degree

At least 10 years of productive professional research and development (R&D) work in the related field after obtaining MS degree

Training

32 hours of relevant training

24 hours of relevant training

Eligibility

PD 997/RA 1080/Career Service Professional

RA 1080/Career Service Professional

Terms of Reference

·         Conceptualize, plan, direct, and supervise S&T activities on specific priority areas

·         Coordinate the systematic and periodic evaluation and monitoring of programs/projects and/or conduct R&D on specific priority areas

·         Provide technical assistance to co-workers/peers

·         Provide technical support to the DOST Secretary/Agency Head

·         Assist the DOST/Agency in the development, coordination, and supervision of S&T activities

·         Collaborate with various offices/institutions regarding the implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of program/projects and/or conduct R&D on specific priority areas

·         Provide technical assistance to co-workers/peers

·         Participate in other special studies and assignments given by the DOST Secretary/Agency Head

Required Submissions

At least two (2) published research papers/articles, excluding thesis/dissertation, in refereed journals as sole author or co-author even before or after obtaining the PhD degree

At least one (1) published research paper/article, excluding thesis/dissertation, in refereed journals as sole author or co-author even before or after obtaining the MS degree


Please see below, additional requirements of the recipient agencies, for reference and guidance.

 

Agency

Additional Requirements

ASTI

One (1) Associate Scientist

 

and

 

One (1) Assistant Scientist

Must have expertise on the following:

 

·         Data Science and analytics, machine learning and computing

o   Strong mathematical and analytical skills, computer programming competency, knowledge of computer languages, familiarity with cloud technologies and application, good communication and leadership skills are required.

 

Electronic embedded systems design and development

o   Competency required in electronic circuit design, FPGA/ASIC, microprocessor technologies, programming languages (C/C++/C#, assembly), firmware development tools, system-level EDA tools (eg. Cadence Allegro/OrCAD, SPICE). Component-level tools (VHDL, Verilog, and FPGA/ASIC Toolchain), Windows OS, UNIX/LINUX, embedded OS/RTOS

o   Problem solving and data analysis skills and good communication skills, particularly technical writing and documentation skills, are essential.

o   Proficiency in the operation of test and measurement equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, vector signal generators, vector signal analyzers and logic analyzers and in the electronics manufacturing process also desired.

o   Prior project management experience in embedded systems development and background in radio frequency (RF) and wireless communications are advantages.

 

·         Candidates are expected to provide technical leadership and/or mentoring of development teams and must be highly organized, systematic, flexible, and goals and results-oriented.

 

FNRI

One (1) Associate Scientist

Education: Preferably PhD in Nutrition/Applied or Nutrition Epidemiology

 

Experience: 5-10 years of relevant experience; has published at least six (6) manuscript in scopus or peer-reviewed journals

FPRDI

One (1) Assistant Scientist

Education: Preferably PhD graduate related to nanotechnology or advanced composites of wood and nonwood forest products

 

Experience: Has experience in research in wood and nonwood forest products and/or ligno-cellulosic based materials

MIRDC

Two (2) Associate Scientists

Education: Preferably a PhD holder in the field of Advanced Mechatornics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation or in the field of Surface Engineering and Finishing

PNRI

One (1) Associate Scientist

Must have expertise in the following areas:

·         Nuclear and radiation safety: Nuclear reactor physics and safety; environmental impact assessment related, but not limited to nuclear and radiation sources; environmental dose assessments; knowledge of international nuclear regulatory standards related to nuclear facilities

 

·         Marine Radioecology and Radiometry; Marine biogeochemistry of stable and radioactive nuclides; radioecological risk analysis; perform basic nuclear instrumentation analyses: ie. High Purity Germanium Detectors (HPGe), gamma counters, Liquid Scintillation Counters (LSC), X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), Isotope-Ratio Mass Spectrometry, Alpha Counters; chemical, radiochemical fingerprinting and dating techniques in the study of marine pollution/contamination, including tracing ocean circulation and water mass mixing; contaminant transport models and their applications; radiological dose assessments via aquatic pathways.

PTRI

One (1) Assistant Scientist

·         Preferably an expert on polymer chemistry or material science, or environmental science or related courses that can evaluate the environmental impact of PTRI processes/products using tools like Life Cycle Assessment(LCA)

 

·         Must have ISI-peer reviewed publication and approved process patent

Office of the Undersecretary for DRR-CC

One (1) Assistant Scientist

·         Preferably a PhD or DSc in the natural, applied, or social science;

 

·         Expertise and published work includes interactions between climate change adaptation and disaster risk management with communities, or science, technology, and innovation in understanding and addressing disaster and climate risks and human vulnerabilities

 

 

·         At least 5 years work experience in DRR-CC specialization

 

·         At least 10 years work experience in research project development and management, with at least 5 years of those in supervising junior research staff, and managing externally-funded research grants

 

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application letter (Subject: Application for Associate Scientist Position/ Application for Assistant Scientist Position) and other supporting documents on or before 15 April 2019 to:

 

  1. JOEL JOSEPH S. MARCIANO JR.

Acting Director, Office of the Director

Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)
ASTI Building, Technology Park Complex, C.P. Garcia Avenue
UP Campus, DIliman, Quezon City
Contact Person: MS. Mylene N. Monton
Tel Nos: 426-9755/426-9760 local 1107

 

  1. MARIO V. CAPANZANA
Director IV
Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Remea V. Estrella
Tel Nos: 837-2071 to 82 local 2290/ 837-8113/14 local 312

 

  1. ROMULO T. AGGANGAN
Director
Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
Narra St., Forestry Campus, 4031 College, Laguna
Contact Person: Ms. Fe P. Frialde/Ms. Emily Jane L. Laurente
Tel Nos: (049) 536 2377 loc. 1026

 

  1. ROBERT O. DIZON
Executive Director
Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC)
MIRDC Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Dr. Jelly N. Ortiz/ Ms . Rosario D. Sancon
Tel Nos: 8370431 to 38 local 440/441

  

  1. CARLO A. ARCILLA
Director
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Person: Ms. Alicia Lagunzad/Ms. Aileen B. Cezar
Tel Nos: 929-6011 to 19 local 226/ 920-1646

 

  1. CELIA V. ELUMBA
Director
Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI)
PTRI Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Remea V. Estrella
Tel Nos: 372071-82 local 2377

 

  1. RENATO U. SOLIDUM JR.
Undersecretary
Office of the Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Person: Ms. Maria Lynn P. Melosantos
Tel Nos: 837-2071 local 2149

 

For concerns/queries regarding this announcement, please call the Office of the Undersecretary for R&D at 837-2930.