The Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) is a pioneering annual biotechnology seminar for entrepreneurial, postgraduate students in science or business who are interested in pursuing a career in biotechnology.

Themed "Building the Country's Human Resources for Better Health", the Local BioCamp will be held on July 28, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City.At the end of the Local BioCamp, two students will be selected based on academic excellence and professional focus to represent the Philippines in the International BioCamp, which will be held from August 23 to August 27, 2015 at the Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland. In the Philippines, Novartis works with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Council for Health Research and Development Department of Science and Technology in organizing the Local BioCamp.

To register for the Local and International BioCamp, download the interactive PDF application form. After completing the application form, save and e-mail it toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application is 5:00 PM, July 15, 2015. Only complete applications will be considered. Selected students will be informed via e-mail.

For more information about the 2015 Novartis BioCamp, log on to or You may also call Mr. J. Cecil Barrameda at (0917) 325-9549 or Mr. Renz Carlos B. So at (0915) 903-6665 / (02) 837 7537.



To strengthen its advocacy for a “Smarter Philippines” in the health sector, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is holding another e-Health Summit for the 2015 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 28 July 2015 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

With the theme “Scaling up eHealth Innovations for Inclusive Health,” this year’s eHealth Summit features a panel discussion on the topic “Making eHealth Ubiquitous.”

Among the guest speakers are Dr. Portia Grace Marcelo of the National TeleHealth Center (NTHC), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM), Dir. Crispinita Valdez, Dir. Denis Villorente and Dir. Alvin Marcelo of the eHealth Technical Working Group, and Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan of the #HealthXPH who will talk about “TeleHealth,” “Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE),” and “Health Social Media,” respectively.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Executive Director Jaime Montoya, Health Management Information System PATH Program Officer Caren Althauser and DOH Assistant Secretary Gerardo Bayugo will also grace the event.

The NSTW is an annual event of the DOST to showcase the latest advances and contributions in science and technology (S&T). This year’s celebration will be held from 24-28 July 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. ■

The National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2015, carrying the theme “Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness,” will feature exciting activities and exhibits to promote people-centered innovations for better health on 24-28 July 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

This year’s NSTW is anchored on the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Eight Outcomes including; Agricultural Productivity, Enterprises, Industry Competitiveness, Information Technology-Business Process Management, Good Governance, Quality Healthcare, Education, and S&T Disaster Preparedness.

For the Health Outcome Cluster, with the theme “People-Centered Innovations for Better Health,” the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) came up with the line-up of exhibits and activities that aim to promote the use of DOST-supported technologies to address the country’s health concerns.

Technologies to be featured are Natural Health Supplement from Guyabano, Salt Iodization Machine, Candle-type Ceramic Water Filter, Essential Oils from Local Plants, among others. The Cluster will also hold activities on health and wellness, dengue, eHealth and Osteoarthritis.

NSTW is the country’s biggest gathering of scientists, researchers, inventors, innovators, industry players, academicians, students, and science and technology (S&T) enthusiasts. For further information, visit the website at


Call for Participation APAME 2015



8th National Medical Writing Workshop & 1st Writeshop for Young Researchers
A Post-Convention Workshop of APAME 2015 in conjunction with FORUM 2015
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, Philippines, 27-28 August 2015
Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)


Manila, Philippines

27-28 August 2015

Application deadline: 10 July 2015


The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 8th National Medical Writing Workshop and 1st Writeshop for Young Researchers on 27-28 August 2015 in Manila. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences from the Asia Pacific region 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 who live outside Manila 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 from the Asia Pacific Region, aged 30 years old and below, who have completed a research project and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. The 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 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 10 July 2015:
1. Application forms (incomplete forms will not be considered). Download here
2. Abstracts
3. Draft Manuscripts

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on 31 July 2015.

Ideally, participants should plan to attend APAME2015 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel from August 25-26, 2015 and/or FORUM2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center from August 24-26, 2015 Registration for these events is separate from the workshop.

If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ms. Ana Ciaren Itulid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (02) 837-7534.

Children in world’s urban slums are twice as likely to die before they reach the age of five as their richer counterparts, according to the State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report released by the Save the Children Foundation last 5 May 2015.

The first-ever assessment of disparities in health among the the rich and the poor in cities worldwide, the report warned of the widening gaps in child survival rates among the rich and poor in almost half of the 40 developing nations surveyed.

Death among newborns in cities is common, the report revealed. However, in some cities, such as in Brazil and India, death rates among newborns could be 50% higher in urban slums than in the richer neighborhoods.

Malnutrition increases susceptibility of children in slum areas to diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections, further increasing chances of dying among children in slums. For instance, in Bangladesh, 50% of children living in slums under the age of five are stunted, while 43% are underweight. The figures are 33% and 26%, respectively, in wealthier areas in the country.

Lack of access to medical and health services was cited as a major factor in the skewed death rates among rich and poor children in cities worldwide. For instance, mothers giving births at home without the attendance of trained medical personnel can result to late recognition of newborn illnesses, inadequate newborn care, and delay in appropriate medical interventions.

“While urbanization in and of itself not inherently problematic, the pace and the sheer scale of urbanization has, in many places, far exceeded local government’s ability to provide essential services, including water, sanitation, and health care,” the report discussed.

Amidst the grim statistics, Dr. Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, found hope in cities such as Addis Ababa and Manila. “There is no simple solution to creating more equitable cities, but a number of cities cited in the report – such as Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Manila in the Philippines – have been successful in addressing the health needs of the poorest families, and these examples could serve as models for other cities to follow,” she said.

Manila and Addis Ababa were among the major cities that were found to be making significant gains for the poorest children, which also include Cairo, Guatemala City, Kampala and Phnom Penh. Dr. Miles explained that while these cities have conducted various programs to address the inequity in access to health care services, three major strategies were found to be consistent. These are 1) better care for mothers and babies before, during and after childbirth; 2) increased use of modern contraception to prevent or postpone pregnancy; and 3) effective strategies to provide free or subsidized quality health services for the poor.

Dr. Miles stressed that cities have the advantage of technology, highly skilled partners, and presence of health care services to address the growing divide in survivability of children in cities of the world. What must be done is to provide enough resources to fuel lifesaving programs to make health services accessible to everyone.

Calling everyone to take action, Dr. Miles said, “It’s time for all of us to set things right - to reverse the urban disadvantage, once and for all.
As cities expand and transform into megacities, we must learn how we can correctly address the unique health concerns and problems that come with it. Join the discussion on health in megacities in Manila on August 24-27, 2015 at the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015. (RICHMOND Q. ACOSTA)