MANILA – The 8th batch of MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program scholars signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on 28 September 2017 at University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society Hall, Ermita, Manila.

The scholars who are expected to complete the prescribed eight years of study are Arnold Dominic Barzaga, Mojisola Christine Olotu, Maria Rosewynn Anne Salvan, and Simaco Sison from University of the Philippines Manila (UPM), Leslie Faye Cando, Glenmarie Angelica Perias, and Lia Angela Reyes from University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), Jeremy Ceriales from University of the Philippines Visayas – Miagao Campus (UPV Miagao), and Abraham Sianoya from University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

The MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated for the advancement of health through biomedical research.

In his message, PCHRD Executive Director Jaime Montoya expressed his full support to the program as it ensures best knowledge in merging two worlds – the research and clinical field. “This program opens the door for life sciences in the country because we are producing well-versed people not only in the basic sciences but also in research and clinical field,” Dr. Montoya emphasized.

Furthermore, Dr. Salvador Eugenio Caoili of UPM in his presentation, discussedscholars’ responsibilities and what are expected from them in pursuing the program. He stressed that it is the prime duty of every scholar and every mentor to be committed of their priorities in order to deliver significant roles for the community. Dr. Montoya and Dr. Caoili both reminded the scholars to seek guidance and be diligent enough throughout their course to prove their worth as scholars of Filipino people.

“There’s no question in spending for as long as we see the bright future of our young scientists,” Dr. Montoya said.

This program is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through PCHRD, and UPM, through the College of Medicine.

Article by: Lemuel Basierto

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila- The various agencies of the Philippine government will hold the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration on 20-24 November 2017 at the Fisher Mall EXPO HALL, Fourth Floor, Quezon Ave., cor. Roosevelt Ave., Quezon City.

With the theme and tagline “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran: Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang “K” ng Bioteknolohiya,” this year’s celebration supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to provide available and affordable food for the people.

Headed by the Department of Agriculture (DA), NBW 2017 will also recognize the valuable role of modern biotechnology and its products in achieving national development.

As part of the celebration, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will also highlight the contribution of biotechnology to science, technology, and innovation.

Among the activities of the Science Department include health forum, career talk, biotechnology forum, agriculture forum, aquatic forum, film-showing, and science journalism workshop. The DOST activities will be held at Brentwood Suites.

Aside from DA and DOST, other participating agencies include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Nikkei Asia Prizes, which are awarded each year, are designed to recognize oustanding achievements that contribute to th region's sustainable development of a better future Asia.

Nikkei Asia Prizes:

- aim to award outstanding achievements and contributions which were carried out within the past single decade.

- would like you to search actively for not only individuals that have already received recognition, but also for those who are not so well known, but have conducted steady and sincere activities toward creating stable lives for people, contributing to prosperity.

- would like you to nominate individuals who are active at present. Nominations of young people are welcome, if their work has received a certain amount of recognition already.

- believe that there would be little significance in presenting the Nikkei Asia Prizes to individuals that have already received such awards as the Nobel Prize or the Kyoto Prizes.

Science and Technology

Nikkei Asia Prize for Science and Technology is designed to recognize scientific researches and technological innovations in various fields, ranging from bio, genome, information technology to medicine. Nominees may include: 1) researchers who have discovered new ways to protect the environments or recycle resources 2) researchers who have developed new species that increase harvests 3) medical doctors or scientists whose achievements benefit people in the region or in a country.

The nomination may be submitted to the International Technological Cooperation Unit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) together with the nominee's (a) updated CV; (b) motivation statement;  and (c) a brief description of their research and the impact it has to the community. Deadline for call for  nominations is on 16 October 2017

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13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers
Legazpi City, Philippines
8-9 January 2018

Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the 
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE), co-organized by Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)


Application deadline: December 8, 2017
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2018 in Legazpi City. 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 for participants and meals during the workshop, and 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 35 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. 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.


Applicants should e-mail the following requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 8 December, 2017

     1. Application form (incomplete forms will not be considered) 
     2. Conforme slip
     3. Abstracts 
     4. Draft Journal Manuscripts
     5. Instructions to authors (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)

Please use this subject format in your email: Application_13th Wrtieshop_(Surname)
Please save your documents in this format: Application form_(Surname), Conforme Slip_(Surname), Abstract_(Surname), Manuscript_(Surname), ITO_(Surname)

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on December  15, 2017.

If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ciaren Itulid @ 837-7534

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

Please note that the following information on applying for SATREPS is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for ODA technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.

Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues*1 with an objective of utilization of research outcomes*2. Implemented through collaboration with Official Development Assistance (ODA), the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues.

*1 Global issues: Issues that are difficult to resolve by a single country or region acting on its own and that need to be handled by the international community as a whole. 
*2 Utilization of research outcomes: The research projects should lead to future social and economic benefits, achieved by using newly obtained technology and knowledge to enhance government services or to develop products that can be deployed in the market.

Proposals for FY2018 are invited in the following research fields; Environment/Energy (2 research areas), Bioresources (1 research area), Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (1 research area).

Up to FY2015, the SATREPS Invitation for Research Proposals included the Infectious Diseases Control field. From FY2016, projects in this field are handled by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). Please visit AMED website new window for details regarding the invitation for research proposals in the Infectious Diseases Control field.

Important Notes

This invitation for research proposals is for proposals that will be implemented under the government's FY2018 budget, but submitted and selected before the budget is finalized. Moreover, the SATREPS program is linked with the official development assistance (ODA) program, and requires time for coordination with institutions in the counterpart country. For these reasons, in order to start the research projects as soon as possible, the process needs to start before the budget is approved. In consequence, when the budget is finally approved, details and amounts may change, which could potentially affect the fields of research, contract research expenses, and number of projects selected. Additional documentation may also be requested following budget approval.

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