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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
for many years to advance the taxonomical study of gobioid fish, while striving
continuously to elevate the international stature of the Prize.

Each year, the International Prize for Biology is conferred upon a distinguished
researcher in a field selected by the Prize Committee from among all the fields of
biology. Based on nominations gathered from around the world, the Prize is awarded
to a biologist judged to have a superlative record of achievements in the subject field.
Once every decade, “systematic biology and taxonomy” is selected for the Prize as it is
the field in which, like Emperor Showa before him, His Majesty the present Emperor
has conducted research over many years.

So as to spread global recognition of the International Prize for Biology as a tribute
to excellent achievement while accelerating the advancement of biology, the Prize
Committee asks for your sustained cooperation and support.

Deadline: April 21, 2017

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By mail:    Secretary Office, International Prize for Biology Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
                5-3-1 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0083, JAPAN

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-biol/index.html

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.

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). 

Writing for a scholarly journal publication is entirely different from thesis-writing. While the aim of your thesis is to present everything you know and discover on a particular topic, the goal of a journal article is to present research findings in a shorter and more focused format that scientists and researchers can read despite their hectic schedules. Moreover, journal editors sift through several submissions every publication cycle and would not bother reading an article that lacks clarity and brevity. 

In the recently concluded 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for Young Researchers held January 30-31 at the Isabela State University – Cauayan Campus, journal-writing experts from the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors, together with proficient mentor-facilitators from different health fields, trained health investigators in developing/refining manuscripts that are worthy of a scholarly journal publication. Here are few practices researchers should avoid when writing a scientific journal article as pointed out in the writeshop*:

Mr. Diomerl Baldo, Bicol University, reviews the draft journal article of his groupmate during the small-group exercises at the
11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for Young Researchers held January 30-31 at the
Isabela State University – Cauayan Campus

Writing only in the active voice

More often, research writing guidelines encourage writing sentences in the active voice rather than in the passive voice. Recently, journal editors encourage writing in both the active and passive voices depending on what section you are working on. Writing in the passive voice would enable you to focus more on the results of your study. e.g. (active) The researcher classified vapor as gas. (passive) Vapor was classified as gas. 

Presenting data in both narrative and illustration forms


Avoid redundant data presentation when writing for journals. This can be achieved by carefully choosing which presentation form would best express your data. If data cannot be explained in three to four paragraphs, it is best to use illustrations. Graphs effectively present trends and relationships among variables.

Using statistical terms that have common meanings

Using the statistical words such as random, correlate, significant, and normal in non-technical parts of your journal article may confuse readers into the meaning of your statements. Save statistical words for your materials and methods prose. All statistical terms should be defined if used in the Results section. 

Presenting all the results of your research

Only include results that are relevant to your stated problem whether or not they support the hypothesis. This technique would also make a journal article more focused and specific.

Including only the references that agree with your research


Journal manuscripts can be venues for discussion and scholarly disputes. Try to argue and provide enough data on why you don’t agree with previously published results and contribute another perspective to existing research. 

Using one writing style for all your journal submissions

Journals do not follow a single format. While most of scholarly journals go by the IMRAD (Introduction-Methodology-Results-Discussion) format, it is best to check the corresponding guidelines/instruction to authors of your prospective journal to know about their style requirements. 

Journal articles should be short, sharp, and swift, says Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, President of the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors during his talk. A clear and concise journal manuscript is your best bet to get published. 


Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors President, lectures on how to prepare journal manuscripts for submission at the 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for young Researchers


*taken from the presentations of the 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for young Researchers' resource persons: Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Dr. Wilfred CG Peh, and Dr. Cecilia C. Maramba-Lazarte