Philippines and UK strengthen S&T cooperation in health

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) launched the Memorandum of Understating (MOU) with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) to strengthen science and technology cooperation in health.

Under the MOU, DOST-PCHRD, LSHTM and UP Manila will work together on various S&T collaborations focusing on priority research areas including genomics, modelling, diagnostics, clinical trials, epidemiology and immunology.

The partnership also entails exchange of scientists, faculty and specialists interested in scientific and technological cooperation in health. DOST-PCHRD agreed to extend funding to various capacity building activities such as research fellowship, scholarship, post-doctoral trainings, research enrichment (sandwich) programs and staff trainings.

Professor Martin Hibberd of LSHTM viewed the partnership as a huge opportunity to expand health research ventures in the Philippines. Dr. Jaime Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director, assured LSHTM and UP Manila the Council’s full support and cooperation in this collaboration.

In attendance to witness the MOU launching were DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Unit Dr. Leah Buendia, UP National Institutes of Health Executive Director Dr. Eva Cutiongco de la Paz, LSHTM Coordinator Dr. Julius Clemence Hafalla, and DOST-PCHRD Institutional Development Division (IDD) Chief Ms. Carina Rebulanan.