A researcher is a born leader,” says Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Executive Director Jaime Montoya in his message delivered by the Research Information, Communication and Utilization Division (RICUD) chief Merlita Opeña in the 5th installment of the annual Healthcare and Social Media Summit held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City last 13 July 2019.

In line with the theme: “Innovative Leadership in Health through Social Media,” Dr. Montoya recognized that even before the advent of social media, researchers have been collaborating here and with international counterparts. Transcending national borders, a researcher’s leadership role goes beyond his/her research project.

Keynote speaker, Mr. Jojo Fresnedi of Except One, also reiterated the role of researchers as leaders who know how to utilize the resources available to them. “Leadership is mobilizing people for a common cause to make a positive difference. Every leader should master the medium of his era, and the medium of this era is the social media,” Mr. Fresnedi said.

This year’s event featured parallel sessions on the role of patients as leaders in shaping healthcare in social media, institutional leadership and its advancement through social media, and the role of social media as a storyteller.

Are you looking for ways to shake off your stress while learning funky moves from well-known dance schools in Manila, for free?

Hataw Agham, a free dance school hosted by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is coming to the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 20, 2019 at the Main Stage, World Trade Center, Pasay City!

Being actively involved in dance activities are proven to positively affect one’s mental and physical health according to multiple studies. Researchers also found out that dancing improves one’s learning process and memory, aside from strengthening the body.

Expected to attend this year’s Hataw Agham are students from various high schools and colleges, as well as learners from Alternative Learning System (ALS). The program will include routine-instructed dance fitness or “dance school” and lecture on the benefits of dancing for mental and physical health. Demonstration session of various dance routines will be led by dance instructors from Dancehall Manila, School of Goodlock, and Indayog. Interested participants may register through this link.

The NSTW is an annual event hosted by the Department of Science and Technology. This year’s theme, “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” highlights the significant contributions of science and technology to sustainable development. For more information, visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph.

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.

For more information about the PNHRS Week, please visit www.healthresearch.ph.


The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation are accepting proposals in the Thematic Areas of Infectious Diseases (Anti-Microbial Resistance) and Smart Cities.


  1. Public legal RTD (Research and Technology Development) entities, higher education institutions, non-university research establishments, companies (all depending on national regulations)
  2. SMEs, industries and clusters in consortia
  3. Must comprise of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries (either 2 different Southeast Asian partners and 1 European partner or 2 different European partners and 1 Southeast Asian partner)


  • The project should start earliest in July 2020. Funding will be provided for the duration of a maximum of three years (36 months).
  • Each project team should have a project coordinatorfrom among all partners of the respective projects.
  • Only one proposal per projectshould be submitted.
  • All proposals must be written in English



  1. Eligibility check

The Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) will check all pre-proposals to ensure that they meet the formal criteria of the call (date of submission, number and country distribution of participating research partners, inclusion of all necessary information in English and length). The JCS will forward the proposals to the National Contact Points who will perform a check for compliance to country/regional rules (as described in respective "National Guidelines for applicants”).

Please note that proposals not meeting the formal criteria or the national/regional eligibility criteria and requirements may be declined without further review.

  1. Peer review

Independent scientific/business experts in the relevant thematic research fields will carry out the anonymous peer review of the eligible project proposals according to evaluation criteria set up by the funding parties. Each proposal will be evaluated by three evaluators (at least one Southeast Asian and one European peer reviewer). The peer reviewers will be nominated by the Southeast Asian and European National Contact Points in cooperation with the funding parties.

Applications should be submitted through the PT-Outline Web Tool. Deadline of submission is on 18 November 2019 12:00 (noon) CET/ 18:00 Jakarta time.

For more information, you may visit the SEA-EU-JFS website at https://www.sea-eu-jfs.eu/call/2019-innovation-joint-call-proposals-infectious-diseases-incl-amr-and-smart-cities.

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.

To learn more about DOST-PCHRD scholarship offerings, you may visit: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/programs-and-services/grant-services?fbclid=IwAR0O6DUVS6WNkSC5-FTIpJZxH41zQmtINsRgXSIY4bIOzxAk0xDox4lllH8