The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Tohoku University Collaborating Research Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases celebrated 10 years of partnership through a conference on 20 February 2018 at the RITM Training Center.

The anniversary conference is the culmination of a decade of research partnership led by research group head, Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani and RITM Director, Dr. Socorro Lupisan. The event featured the collaborating center’s achievements through the decade and presented discussions about the future direction of collaborative research.

Dr. Lupisan gave the keynote lecture on childhood pneumonia in the Philippines, citing the improvement in the treatment, control, and decrease in mortality of pneumonia cases over the years. She said that this improvement is the result of the development of better strategies in addressing pneumonia through improved investigations of the cause for the disease.  

Sixteen (16) researchers from RITM and Tohoku University presented their studies during the sessions of the event. The sessions featured discussions on respiratory infections, bacterial infections, acute gastroenteritis, other infections such as rabies, dengue, and chikungunya, and a session on ongoing research projects under the collaboration program.

A poster exhibit was also held to showcase abstracts of RITM-Tohoku researchers over the years.

The RITM-Tohoku Collaborating Research Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases was launched in 2008 to establish sustainable infectious disease control programs in the country through research with local hospitals and institutions.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine is a distinguished partner institution of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development in infectious diseases research.  The Council has supported RITM projects on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and infectious disease, among others, throughout the years.

PROGRAM UPDATE- Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, World Health Organization’s (WHO) Scientist, will deliver the keynote address for the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (PCHRD) 36th anniversary celebration on 16 March 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Dr. Bernadette Ramirez joined the WHO-Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in June 2007 with over 20 years academic and research experience in health product innovation, drug discovery, vaccines, and the development of diagnostics for infectious tropical diseases.

She provides support and coordinates projects that studies population health vulnerabilities, vector-borne diseases, and ways to increase population resilience against the climate change impact in Africa.

Joining Dr. Ramirez as guest speakers are Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque, and UP Manila Professor Mary Ann Lansang.

The 36th anniversary celebration will highlight social innovations in health. Part of the program is the recognition of good practices in social innovation in health including the winners of the 2017 Search for PHL Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) Solutions.

A panel discussion follows which will discuss opportunities and appropriate frameworks on social innovation in health research.  Panelists include University of the Philippines (UP) Manila Professor Noel Juban, UP School of Economics Professor Aleli Kraft, Ateneo De Manila University Institute of Philippine Culture Research Associate Dennis Batangan, and One Health Boat Project Founder Katerina Nono-Abiertas.

Awarding of newly accredited Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and winners of the “Visualize Health Research: Visual Abstract Contest” will also be conducted.

PCHRD is the national coordinating and monitoring body for health research. For more details, visit www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook (/dostpchrd) and follow us on Twitter (@DOST_PCHRD)!

The General Secretariat of King Faisal International Prize is pleased to

Invite you to nominate for the year 2019 Prize for Medicine in the field of:

Bone Biology and Osteoporosis

CONDITIONS:
1- Nominations should be submitted by universities, scientific institutions and research centers.
2- Nominated works must be published, benefit mankind and enrich human knowledge.
3- The prize is not awarded posthumously.
4- Nominations are not accepted from individuals or political parties.
5- Dissertations are not accepted.

REQUIREMENTS FROM NOMINATING BODY:
1- An official letter of nomination for each nominee separately, adequately justifying the nomination and outlining the nominee's achievements in the prize topic.
2- A list of nominated works.
3- A general information form to be filled by the nominee. This form can be duplicated if more than one candidate is nominated.

REQUIREMENTS FROM EACH NOMINEE:
1- A typed CV of the nominee with a list of his/her publications, one copy of which should be forwarded via e-mail.
2- Accept to present three lectures in his/her field of specialization, at scientific centers in the event s/he is awarded the prize.
3- One original copy of each nominated paper. The total number of nominated papers should not exceed 10.
4- Six copies of each nominated book and/or book chapters. The total number of nominated books and/or book chapters should not exceed 5. The book's title page should be appended with each nominated book chapter.
5- One color photo of the nominee (13x18cm).

PRIZE COMPONENTS:
1- A certificate written in Arabic calligraphy featuring the winner’s name with a brief description of the work for which s/he is awarded the Prize.
2- A Commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medallion.
3- A sum of SR 750,000 (US$ 200,000).

REMARKS:
1- Nominations are judged exclusively on the basis of scholarly merit.
2- Any nomination not fulfilling all conditions and requirements shall be excluded.
3- More than one winner may share the Prize.
4- The decision of the Prize's Selection Committee is final.
5- Nomination documents and nominated works will not be returned.
6- Winners will be announced in January 2019 and the prizes will be presented at an official ceremony later in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
7- All required documents must be received no later than April 1, 2018 to the following address: 

The General Secretariat
King Faisal International Prize
Al-Khairia Building, King Fahd Road
P.O. Box 22476 - Riyadh 11495
Saudi Arabia
Tel: (+966-11) 465 2255 - Fax: (+966-11) 465 8685
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To download the nomination form: http://kingfaisalprize.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171023-invitation-to-nominate-to-Medicine-english-FT.pdf 

For more information, visit http://www.kfip.org/ 

Researches support and confirm that certain diets could offer genuine health benefits. As we celebrate the start of Lent, let us look at the health benefits that comes with the different practices we have in observing Lenten traditions.

Fasting

The practice of refraining or limiting the consumption of food or drink for a period of time is observed during Lenten season. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting, but unknown to many, the digestion process has its disadvantages for the human health. According to the Harvard Medical School, the practice of fasting provides our body a rest from taking in toxins found in food and helps in significant weight loss if practiced properly.

Fasting has two common types. Regular, also called full fast, wherein only liquids are consumed, and partial fast, wherein consumption of solids is limited. The norm during this season is the partial fasting wherein an individual decreases food intake by eating one full meal or two smaller meals that are not equal to a full meal in a day.

A word of caution from doctors, if you consider fasting this Lent, make sure that you have no preexisting conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, as fasting causes electrolyte abnormalities.

 

Abstinence from meat

Abstinence from eating meat such as beef, pork, and chicken is observed during Fridays and Saturdays of Lent. Instead, fish and vegetables are chosen as substitutes. Fish such as salmon and tuna, is a good source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health.

Research proves that eating 1-2 servings of fish per week could help cut the risk of dying from heart diseases by 36%. By cutting down the consumption of red meat and processed meat, the risk of taking in less-beneficial fats and high sodium meat is also lessened.

Another popular substitute for meat is egg. An egg contains vitamins A, B, and D and a little saturated fat, which is about 1.5 grams . Nutrients found in the egg such as lutein is good for the eyes and choline good for the brain and nerve health.

According to Harvard Medical school, consuming an egg a day is safe for people without preexisting conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. When eating scrambled eggs or omelets,  opt for healthier choices to add to your eggs such as spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Always remember that the saturated fat in butter, cheese, bacon, sausage, and bread could raise your blood cholesterol much more than the cholesterol present in your eggs.

Other protein sources, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds could lack one or more fatty acids, so maintaining a proper balance and variety of alternative sources of protein is recommended.

Lenten season is not only a perfect time to take care of our spiritual health, this is also a perfect opportunity to focus on our physical health. With a positive attitude towards sacrifice and devotion, a healthier body and healthier relationship with the Almighty is within reach.

 

source: https://www.health.harvard.edu

PURPOSE

The DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products provides fund support to all undergraduate students who will conduct their thesis on natural products. The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of research and later on build a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field. The program supports he Drug Discovery and Development program of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) which aims to develop safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country’s natural resources.

Thesis grants will be given to 2 undergraduate entries per region. After completion of the project, a competition will be held to selected qualified students to recognize innovative work on natural products.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

1. Who can apply

All undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products may apply. The proposed thesis study must use plants indigenous in the region. The project must be completed a year after receiving the grant.

2. How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC):

a) Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal
b) Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean
c) Soft copy of the proposal (word format)
d) Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper (3 copies)
e) Certificate of plant authentication
f) Appropriate clearances:
Bureau of Animal Industry clearance for studies involving animal subjects
Biosafety Clearance for studies involving genetic engineering and pathogenic organisms
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Clearance for studies involving Indigenous Peoples
Gratuitous Permit from Biodiversity Management Bureau for studies involving collection of flora and fauna from DENR Protected Areas
Ethical clearance for studies involving human subjects
g) Curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form

SELECTION CRITERIA

The research proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

Proposal evaluation

1. Technical merit
• Objectives are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound
• The study design supports the objectives
• The study sample and methodology are appropriate

2. Data management
• The plan for data collection is clearly described
• Quality control procedures for data collection are in place
• Statistical analysis is well described

3. Relevance/Significance
• The study addresses an important health problem
• The study contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge

4. Proponent/institution’s capacity
• The investigators are qualified and appropriately trained to carry out the study
• The proposed study is appropriate to the experience level of the investigators
• The implementing/cooperating institution is capable of carrying out the proposed study

PROGRAM PROCESS

 

Deliberation of thesis grantees and winners will be based on the grading/rating during the en banc meeting and oral presentation, respectively.

SCREENING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

• Regional Health Research and Development Consortium - for prescreening
• UP Institute of Chemistry
• UST Research Center for the Natural Sciences
• DLSHSI Center for Biopharmaceutical Research
• Gruppo Medica Inc
• Herbanext Laboratories Inc.

THESIS GRANT

• Two (2) thesis proposals will be selected per region who will receive a grant amounting to a maximum of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00).
• The thesis fund will be deposited to the bank account of the thesis adviser and will be liquidated after the completion of the study
• A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between the students, adviser, head of the institution and DOST-PCHRD
• The grant must be expended based on the approved line-item budget

CASH AWARD

After the oral presentation, fund support will be provided to the top 3 relevant and innovative thesis studies. Prizes will be distributed as follows:

Frist prize = P 30,000.00

P 20,000.00 for the student

 

P 10,000.00 for the adviser

Second prize = P 22,000.00

P 15,000.00 for the student

 

P 7,000.00 for the adviser

Third prize = P 15,000.00

P 10,000.00 for the student

 

P 5,000.00 for the adviser

Consolation prize

P 5,000 per group

Finalists will receive a plaque of recognition.

TIMETABLE OF ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY

TARGET DATE

Dissemination and application of entries

January to March

Deadline of submission to the consortium

end of May

Deadline of submission to DOST-PCHRD

2nd week of June

Selection of thesis grantees by the Selection Committee

June to July

Conduct of study

August to May of the succeeding year

Submission of completed studies to DOST-PCHRD

1st  week of June of the succeeding year

Selection of oral presentors by the Selection Committee

June to July

Oral Presentation and Announcement of Winners

August