PASAY CITY, Metro Manila- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and the Department of Health (DOH) will hold the 5th Philippine eHealth Summit on 3 June 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
With the theme “eHealth Philippines: Big Data, Big on Privacy,” the Summit will gather information technology (IT) and medical practitioners nationwide to present next steps to sustain the Philippine eHealth Strategic Framework and Plan.
The Summit will also provide a platform for information dissemination of the current development of eHealth in the country. Concerns on data privacy and big data, in relation to the implementation of Data Privacy Act of 2012, will also be discussed.
“This year’s eHealth Summit is a crucial one. We will be discussing topics such as the proposed eHealth bill, the next six years research agenda, and the health information exchange,” explained Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director.
The winners of #ThinkOpenHealth, the very first hackathon event organized by PCHRD, DOH and Smart Communications last 16-17 April 2016, will also be awarded during the Forum.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, DOH Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin, PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla, and Commissioner Raymond Liboro of the National Data Privacy Commission will open the event.
“We are really hoping that this Forum will strengthen commitments and collaborations for eHealth Philippines,” Dr. Montoya added.
The UK – Southeast Asia Small Scale Research Partnerships Call for Proposals 2016 is an initiative between Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Southeast Asian Research Organizations (SEA ROs). This initiative will provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Southeast Asian researchers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, leading to excellent research that will contribute to the economic development and welfare of partner Southeast Asian countries.
This RCUK led call is held in collaboration with the 7 different research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, MRC and STFC), and counterpart SEA ROs, namely Indonesia Science Fund (ISF), the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti), the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE), the Department of Science and Technology Philippines (DOST), the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT).
Objectives and Scope
For the Philippines, the Research Councils UK (RCUK), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) are pleased to invite applications to RCUK – DOST-PCHRD Research Partnership 2016.
The aim of this call is to provide 1-2 year flexible short-term support for researches that will provide new insights and stimulate creative thinking to tackle the real world problems and will contribute to the economic development and welfare of the Philippines. Proposals could bring new collaborations and different disciplines/approaches together, and enable researchers to explore new regional or international approaches.
Successful proposals are expected to generate robust data which will lay the groundwork for future avenues of investigation. Small Scale Research Partnership Grants are not intended to support a logical progression of an already established research project or other types of on-going work; therefore, the nature of these awards will be more exploratory. Although an element of networking is permissible through these grants, grants should aim to have some form of tangible output.
The longer term objective is to establish sustainable collaborations between UK and Southeast Asian researchers that will increase the competitiveness of these researchers in gaining funds for excellent research in future funding calls, either under the Newton Fund or through other routes.
Please note that different Southeast Asian partners are taking part in different topics.
Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.
We invite proposals which will address Mental Health.
Proposals within the theme are welcomed from across the remits of the UK Research Councils. Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of the thematic areas, the development of interdisciplinary collaborations is particularly welcome.
Interested applicants should consider how their proposal makes the best use of available expertise in the UK and the Philippines, the added value of collaboration and how the proposal will meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA) requirements of this Newton Fund activity.
Background of the Newton Fund
The UK contribution will be channeled from the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It was launched by the Chancellor in April 2014, and will deliver £735million of funding over the course of seven years.
The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee list. Newton Fund countries represent a sub-set of this list. For more information, please visit the RCUK Newton Fund page; http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/international/newton/.
The Newton Fund requires that the funding be awarded in a manner that fits with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines. All applications under this call must therefore be compliant with these guidelines. http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/about/what-is-oda/
Background of the DOST PCHRD
Funding from the DOST will be provided by the DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is one of the three sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is a forward-looking, partnership-based national body responsible for coordinating and monitoring health research activities in the country. As the focal point for health research and development in the country, PCHRD is mandated to perform the following functions: 1.) Formulate policies, plans, programs, project, and strategies for health S&T development, 2.) Program and allocate government and external funds for R&D, 3.) Monitor R&D projects, and 4.) Generate external funds. PCHRD also serves as the Secretariat of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS). For more information on PCHRD, please visit www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph.
Mental Health - community based recovery following natural disasters
This theme particularly focuses on recovery from trauma associated with environmental disasters or conflict, and inter-relationships with other public health challenges. We wish to fund research on transitions people make from trauma and are particularly interested in mental health within a community context.
Wide scale societal and environment events such as natural disasters and conflict are traumatic, with long term effects on health. People and communities react to, and cope with, these effects in a variety of ways, and will have different levels of in-built resilience to cope. Health systems (both formal and informal) also often adapt to respond to the needs that arise in many ways, from small scale community based activity to raise awareness of, and support those with specific mental health issues, to new policies focussing on mental health. Research is needed to understand the complexity of these situations and find out what has happened and what has worked in different settings in order to suggest solutions. There is a particular focus on community based approaches to dealing with the mental health consequences of natural disasters , although proposals that link to the broader health system are also welcome. It is particularly important to develop innovative solutions to these long term problems that are developed and tested in the contexts in which they will operate. Research looking in to issues around inequality in these contexts is also welcome, including access to services.
Mental health disorders are often experienced as long term, chronic, conditions and place considerable pressures on existing health systems and budgets. Mental health affects efforts to meet development goals and public health challenges such as promotion of gender equality, reduction of child mortality, improvement of maternal health, and reversal of the spread of HIV/AIDS. There is a need therefore to embed mental health awareness across all aspects of national, regional, local and community level health and social policy, health system planning and delivery of health care. Therefore building research capacity in mental health, particularly in research focussed on health and community systems is central to progress in this area and collaboration among SE Asian and other international researchers in mental health is seen as a key facilitator of this process.
This call encourages researchers from a variety of backgrounds (including health care, psychology, anthropology for example) to work together to investigate these complex issues. Proposals that apply the learning from one context to a variety of other international settings and contexts are also welcome.
Research areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:
Learning from and developing community based responses to mental health challenges in the wake of environmental disaster and/or conflict, including co-design of responses and services.
Immediate and longer term responses to environmental disaster and/or conflict and the relationship between the two
Inequalities in quality and access of mental health services in the context of environmental disaster and/or conflict in different contexts and how this might be addressed.
Awareness, resilience or susceptibility to mental health challenges in the context of environmental disaster and/or conflict and how this varies over time and by social circumstance.
RCUK has approximately £50 - £100K available per project and DOST-PCHRD will support up to £43,000.00 (approximately Php 3million per project) for 2 projects with activities over a 1-2 year period. The size of the grant will vary depeding of the needs of each research project and must be fully justified.
All research grants applications under RCUK are conted on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If a grant is awarded, the Research Council provide funding on the basis of 80% fEC. The UK Organisation must agree to find the balance of fEC for the project from other resources.
RCUK funding will be used to support the UK component of the partnership and PCHRD funding will support the Philippine component.
RCUK-funded costs of each grant will be issued and managed by the relevant UK Research Council according to the remit of the research proposal in accordance with their normal research funding guidelines and procedures.
PCHRD grant will be issued and managed by DOST-PCHRD in accordance with its DOST Grants-In-Aid (GIA) guidelines.
Please liaise closely with prospective partners to ensure that both RCUK and DOST-PCHRD -supported components of the proposal abide by all regulations of both funders.
UK eligible applicants
The UK Principal Investigator (PI) and Research Organisation (RO) must be eligible to apply according to the relevant Research Council’s guidance. Please identify the Council under whose remit the majority of the application falls and follow their guidance along with the RCUK terms and conditionswhich can be found at the following links:
Filipinos with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, have proven research competence / track record, and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies are eligible to apply for the research grant.
Applications will be required to have a Principal Investigator (PI) based at a UK Research Organisation (RO) and a Principal Investigator based in the Philippines.
How to apply
Submitting your Proposal
This RCUK – PCHRD call will be managed through RCUK systems and hosted by EPSRC on behalf of all seven research and DOST - PCHRD.
The full deadline is 16:00 BST (23:00 Philippine Standard Time) 02 August 2016. Any proposal received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.
Researchers will be responsible for developing their own collaborations. Once a research proposal is developed, UK and Southeast Asian applicants must apply jointly for funding to the RCUK -SEA Newton Small Scale Partnership Call 2016, via the EPSRC Je-S online application system (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk). Applications must be submitted by the UK Principal Investigator on behalf of the UK-Southeast Asia Small Scale Partnership. The application must be JOINTLY prepared and submitted in English. Once received, RCUK will share the applications DOST - PCHRD.
The following documents must be included in the joint application.
Joint Case for Support
Justification of Resources (including both UK and Filipino justification)
For the Philippine funding, proposed budget should be submitted following Philippine cost pro-forma DOST Form No. 2B – 3 “Project Line-Item Budget”. Note that Budget request should follow guidelines stated in the DOST AO 005 S 2013 “Guidelines For The Grants-In-Aid Funds Of Department Of Science And Technology And Its Agencies”.
DOST LIB Form 2B-3
CVs and publications
Letters of support
Failure to attach the mandatory attachments and complete the proposal form as outlined in the application guidance could result in your proposal being rejected.Please ensure you read the guidance thoroughly before starting your proposal.
Please Note: The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are hosting this call on behalf of the DOST - PCHRD through the UK Research Councils’ grant submission system known as ‘Je-S’. It is a requirement of this call that successful proposals will be withdrawn from the call on Je-S after decisions have been made and re-submitted to the lead remit council of the proposal on Je-S for awards to be finalised and made. EPSRC remit grants will not need to be withdrawn and resubmitted.
Announce call for proposals (Je-S system opens)
25 May 2016
Closing date for proposals
02 August 2016
UK-Southeast Asia Joint Panels
Early October 2016
End of October 2016
Successful proposals withdrawn from EPSRC Je-S system by research offices and submitted to lead council by remit (not necessary for Research Council -remit grants)
Early November 2016
01 December 2016 (UK)
January 2017 (PH)
Grant Start Dates
Due to the tight timescales and funding restrictions of the Newton Fund, UK grants must start by 01 December 2016; ie the ‘start confirmation’ must be submitted by 01 December 2016 (this is shorter than the standard 42 days for Research Council grants).
Please refer to the RCUK terms and conditions for information on what the starting procedure entails; please inform the relevant support staff in your organisation of this requirement to ensure the project starts on time.
Funding and implementation for the Philippine-funded counterpart will start in January 2017.
Assessment criteria and decision making process
Following submission, applications will be checked for eligibility under the relevant funding agency’s rules, you must be eligible under all of the funding agencies your proposal comes under in order to go through to assessment. To be funded, proposals must be internationally competitive and at a standard equivalent to that normally expected to be supported by each funding organisation.
An independent assessment process will be led by RCUK and DOST-PCHRD. All funders will fully contribute to the process, in the form of formulating guidance and suggesting panel members. Applications and panel meeting comments will be shared between relevant funders.
The grants will be assessed by an independent panel formed from suggestions from all of the funders involved in each thematic area. Depending on demand, the panel may shortlist the applications received, and applicants will be contacted if this is the case.
At the panel meeting proposals will be assessed by international experts chosen from all participating funding agencies against the following criteria:
Research merit of the proposal
Relevance of the proposal to the strategic objectives of the Newton Fund – including potential benefits and impact
Strength and appropriateness of proposed partnership and collaboration
Project management structure and resources, including value for money
Ethical considerations and governance arrangements
The Philippines, through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop on the Development of Herbal Medicine Database in Asia Pacific Region on 28 to 29 June 2016 at Hotel Jen Manila.
The two-day workshop will discuss strategies on establishing a Herbal Medicine Portal in the Asia Pacific region, which was proposed and supported during the 2014 and 2015 APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (APEC-PPSTI) meetings in China and Philippines respectively.
The creation of an internet-based portal of scientifically-validated herbal medicine information hopes to improve access to information on herbal medicine in the Asia Pacific and identify areas of research on herbal medicine which can be a basis for research collaboration.
The Herbal Medicine Database will also help in establishing a network of researchers and information providers working on herbal medicine in Asia Pacific.
The DOST-PCHRD led the documentation and digitization of indigenous health practices in the country through its Drug Discovery and Development program and websites such as the Philippine Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (tkdlph.com) and Health Research and Development Information Network (herdin.ph).
“This internet-based portal of scientifically-validated herbal medicine information will not only promote cooperation between APEC member economies on research and research translation, but will also provide a single entry point to search and access herbal medicine information,” explained Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director.
Expected outputs of the workshop include action and sustainability plan on the development of the Portal which will improve reporting and access of scientifically-proven herbal products in Asia Pacific, thus helping the promotion of research and policy partnerships between and among APEC economies.
Just when you think you have won the battle against heart disease, think again.
Adult survivors of congenital heart disease (CHD) of the outpatient department of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
In a study led by Dr. Jaime Alfonso Aherrera from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), the researchers surveyed 92 UP-PGH outpatients (with an average age of 33 years old) through the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale – Pilipino (HADS-P), a self-administered Filipino survey questionnaire used in detecting anxiety and depression. Results reveal that 61% of the group had shown signs of being anxious and depressed post-hospitalization, all of which were diagnosed with CHD. This is relatively higher than data recorded in foreign studies (34%) for the same group.
HADS-P survey results also show that the patient’s inability to secure jobs, hence, dependency to family members, was cited as a great factor contributing to the anxiety of what is deemed as the vulnerable population.
Mental illness is not a popular diagnosis in the Philippines, rarely acknowledged and most of the time, dismissed. However, medical researchers in the country are gradually discovering that medically-ill Filipinos are in high risk of emotional illness. In another study led by Dr. Sue Kimberly Tan (2015) of the UP-PGH, anxiety and depression were also apparent in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, among others.
There still is no written policy on mental health screening for heart disease outpatients. Nonetheless, screening patients with CHD for possible psychiatric concerns should be given importance in order to promote holistic care, study says.
To access more information about the study, “Depression and Anxiety in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Using the Validated Filipino Version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Score (HADS-P)”, you may visit http://goo.gl/n6WvjE.
CABUYAO, Laguna- Dr. Ramon Gustilo, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon and inventor, talked about his company, experiences, and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-supported technology Axis Knee System in a meet-and-greet event with the press yesterday at the Orthopaedic International, Inc. (OII) Office.
Dr. Ramon Gustilo as he explains the benefits of the Axis Knee System
The Axis Knee System is an affordable and innovative total knee replacement developed and manufactured in the ASEAN region. This total knee replacement was designed by an international team of surgeons and engineers headed by Dr. Gustilo through OII and the support from PCHRD.
The Axis Knee System is designed for Filipino and Asian knees and is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Through its innovative instrumentation and surgical technique, more surgeons can also perform knee surgery without the need to undergo one year fellowship programs.
“It [Axis Knee System] is the best that we have, including the United States (US), in knee replacements,” Dr. Gustilo cited.
Engr. Jude Sasing, OII President, also added that there are already more than 70 patients who benefitted from the technology. OII is also currently conducting training to surgeons so that they could provide knee replacement in the provinces, thus patients will no longer go to Manila for operations.
In his message, Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, mentioned that the Council’s partnership with OII is the first and only public-private partnership (PPP) of the government in the field of biomedical research.
“The importance of private sector investment in research cannot be overemphasized. With this mode of partnership, technology uptake by industry is faster and I hope that this will jumpstart more partnerships of this kind,” Dr. Montoya said.
The meet-and-greet event is part of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s Science Media Tour. For more information on the Axis Knee System, visit PCHRD and OII websites at www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph and www.oii.com respectively. ■