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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has partnered with the US National Institutes of Health on the possible establishment of the Regional Prospective Observational Research in Tuberculosis (RePORT) Consortium in the Philippines.

                                        Dr. Peter Kim, US-NIH Deputy Director talks about research opportunities through the establishment of the RePORT Consortium during

                                                                         the RePORT Meeting held last 20 December 2016 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City 

A business meeting held last 20 December 2016 served as a venue to discuss the research opportunities once the RePORT Consortium is established in the Philippines. Stakeholders from the academe, hospitals, national government agencies, TB research societies participated in the discussion.

The RePORT Consortium is an initiative to streamline tuberculosis (TB) research globally by providing a platform for standardized data management. According to Dr. Peter Kim, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US National Institutes of Health, RePORT establishes a formal platform for multicultural research partnerships where researchers perform the same data collection and analysis methods for easily validate TB research data.

Dr. Sonia Stoszek, Westat Senior Epidemiologist, shared about the common protocol used by RePORT consortia across the world. In her talk, Dr. Stoszek mentioned that a tool for data harmonization is vital in linking researchers facilitate merging and compatibility of TB data.

DOST has also signified its full support in TB mitigation through research. In her welcome talk, Usec. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara mentioned that research collaborations like RePORT would enable local researchers to upgrade their research capacities and contribute to the fight against tuberculosis. PCHRD Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya also assured the body that the Council will always be in coordination with partners in health to continuously provide research opportunities to prevent and control the prevalence of TB and other diseases. A Memorandum of Understanding signing between DOST and US-NIH is slated in January 2017. 

RePORT consortia have already been established in India, Brazil, and Indonesia. 

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with DOST Cagayan Valley Region, will conduct the 11th National Medical Writing Workshop and 4th Writeshop for Young Researchers in Cauayan City, Isabela on 30-31January 2017.


Health researchers review their manuscripts with guidance from mentors at the 10th National Medical Writing Workshop 
and 3rd Writeshop for Young Researchers last 8-9 August 2016 at Citystate Asturias Hotel Palawan, Puerto Princesa City.


This year’s workshop aims to enable selected health researchers on preparing scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals. All participants are required to submit their draft journal articles for pre-evaluation. Evaluated articles will be revised during the small-group workshop exercises under the guidance of the faculty and mentor-facilitators.

Workshop mentors are composed of medical research writing experts here and abroad as follows: Dr. Jose Florencio Fabella Lapeña, Jr., Publons UK’s Most Prolific Editor, Dr. Wilfred CG Peh, Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editor (APAME), and Dr. Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte, Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of the Philippines Journal.

Three months after, participants are expected to publish their improved journal manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to the dissemination of Filipino research information.

Conducted twice a year, this workshop is a product of PCHRD’s partnership with APAME and the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors.

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA- As part of the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) held the Health Forum 2016 at Sulo Riviera Hotel.

The Forum discussed the developments in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), drug discovery and development, genomics, and nutrition.

Speakers were Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, University of the Philippines Manila Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Director, Ms. Iris Bea Ramiro, University of the Philippines Diliman Marine Science Institute Research Associate, Ms. Mildred Udarbe, FNRI Lifestage and Nutrition Section Senior Science Research Specialist, Ms. Marietta Rodriguez, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Senior Science Research Specialist, and Mr. Jacus Nacis, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Science Research Specialist II.

Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, emphasized that Biotechnology is helping the country by harnessing nature’s own toolbox and using people’s own genetic makeup to heal and guide research.

To prepare for and meet the society’s most pressing challenges, the recent advances in biotechnology has never been more relevant. Thus, it is imperative that we continue exploring ways to keep pace with the greater demand for biotechnology,” Dr. Montoya added.

With the overall theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay ng Mamamayan sa Kaunlaran, Yakapin ang pagbabago, Biotek na tayo!,” NBW highlighted the use of modern biotechnology as one of several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, and sustainable and safe environment. n

The General Secretariat of King Faisal International Prize is pleased to

Invite you to nominate for the year 2018 (1439H.) Prize for Medicine in the topic:

Immunotherapy for Cancer

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.

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.

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).

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).

1- Nominations are judged exclusively on the basis of 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 2018 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, 2017 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
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To download the nomination form: http://kfip.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161016-invitation-to-nominate-to-Medicine-english-FT.pdf

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

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA- Filipino research efforts received another major boost as the three councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the 2nd Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Convention on 18 November 2016 at Hotel Jen Manila.

With the theme “Strengthening Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Countryside Development,” the Convention aims to provide updates on the recent technologies or researches in the areas of health, agriculture, aquatic, industry, and energy, as well as engage new stakeholders and potential institutions in the availment, development, and improvement of the program. 

Three parallel sessions on “Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources,” “Health Sciences,” and “Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology” were held.

Following were the topics discussed:

  • Aquatic Health Management: Challenges for Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Hybrids and Chimeras: Strain Improvement in Commercially Valuable Seaweeds
  • Exploring Philippine Biodiversity for Anti-senescent Interventions
  • The Efficacy of Medicinal Plants on Allergic Contact Dermatitis using Trinotrocholorobenzene (TNCB)-induced Contact Hypersensitivity (CHS) Mouse Model
  • Current Trends in Plasma Science and Technology Research
  • Developing a Feature-based Approach for Estimating Damage to Urban Areas Based on Analyzing Building Models in Virtual City

Speakers included Dr. Eduardo Leaño of Aquatic Animal Health Programme Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Dr. Michael Velarde of Buck Institute for Research Aging, Dr. Hernando Salapare of Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Dr. Michael Roleda of BioForsk-Norwegian Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Dr. Reginald Salonga of Mejio University, and Dr. Pher Errol Quinay of Niigata University.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña emphasized the importance of Balik Scientist Program in the country reiterating that it is one of the solutions to brain drain. “I would like to see the local government undertaking their own S&T programs. The BSP can help,” he added.

The 2nd Convention was headed by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Development. n