The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will celebrate its 35th year anniversary on 17 March 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
With the theme, “Health Innovations: Translating Science to Benefit,” the anniversary will feature talks from translational medicine experts and stakeholders, specifically on the role of the health research community in cultivating an enabling environment for research translation. Current trends, issues, and challenges in the field will also be taken up in the discussions.
Part of the program is recognizing DOST-PCHRD’s longstanding partnership with Gruppo Medica, Inc., that led to the creation of the DOST-PCHRD – Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine. The award was granted to motivate students to view research as an opportunity to contribute to the national health agenda while they develop their careers in research.
During the anniversary celebration, the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board will also be awarding newly-accredited Research Ethics Committees that are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics in health research.
The Clinical Research Fellowship Program for Hepatology will also be launched during the event. The program is a partnership among DOST-PCHRD, Hepatology Society of the Philippines, Inc., and Fondazione Italiano Fegato, an Italy-based heath institution dedicated to liver studies.
“The research process does not end with project completion. Research results must be translated into quantifiable outputs and must be able to reach its target beneficiaries,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.
Health researchers and policymakers nationwide are expected to grace the celebration. DOST-PCHRD hopes to foster local and international partnerships and provide an opportunity to present existing research products and services to a wider set of intended users and contribute to national health goals.