In the wake of the mounting reported cases of dengue in the country, Secretary Fortunato de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) suggests the use of DOST innovation/product to help in addressing this problem. “Dengue research and development has always been one of the priority research areas as stated in the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) led by the DOST. Through the DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), we have funded a number of research projects and programs that is consistent with the multi-prong approach in the control of Dengue that address different aspects such as diagnosis and treatment.  In the area of diagnosis, we funded the development of a rapid diagnostic test (Biotek M) for dengue that can diagnose the disease as early as two to three days after the onset of illness.  This will be very helpful in making the early diagnosis of dengue so that prompt management can be done to prevent complications. This will also help  decongest the hospitals that are constrained to keep the  dengue suspects confined in the hospital for monitoring until the diagnosis is established  as well as to alleviate the anguish of patients and their relatives as to the confirmation of the diagnosis of dengue. This diagnostic kit  is already available in a number of public hospitals . We have asked the technology developer to make it available to the affected areas of dengue in cooperation with our regional offices and the Department of Health.”

The DOST is also funding the clinical trials for the evaluation of a possible herbal medicine for dengue that has multiple mechanisms of action: anti-viral activity against the dengue virus, can elevate the platelet levels which are seen in the complicated cases of dengue responsible for bleeding and reduction of plasma leakage which contributes to the lowering of blood pressure among the dengue patients. The Phase I clinical trial will just start and completion up to Phase 3 clinical trials is required for certification and approval by the Food and Drug Administrationin (FDA).  To date there is no available therapeutic medicine for dengue anywhere else in the world

According to Secretary de la Peña, “We have also supported the development of herbal supplements that can help patients affected with dengue. The herbal supplements that include single and combination herbal preparations are already ready for submission to the FDA.  These herbs are derived from folkloric use and have passed safety and toxicity studies..  We have  requested the technology developers to make this available at the soonest time possible after satisfying all the regulatory requirements. We are also coordinating with the FDA regarding this.”

The University of the Philippines (UP) obtains high citation scores in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With a score of 98.8, the university beats prominent world universities such as Harvard University, the University of Oxford and Stanford University for citations in clinical and pre-clinical health researches.

Citation scores indicate the number of times a research has been cited in other research outputs.  The score serves as an indicator of the impact or influence of a research project which other researchers use as reference from which they can build on succeeding breakthroughs or innovations.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has supported projects from UP in the fields of genomics, diagnostics, and drug discovery, among others.  One of the funded projects which has been spun off as start-up company is Biotek™ led by Dr. Raul Destura of the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) for dengue diagnostics.

The Council works closely with UP Manila as one of the implementing institutions of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS).   



A researcher is a born leader,” says Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Executive Director Jaime Montoya in his message delivered by the Research Information, Communication and Utilization Division (RICUD) chief Merlita Opeña in the 5th installment of the annual Healthcare and Social Media Summit held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City last 13 July 2019.

In line with the theme: “Innovative Leadership in Health through Social Media,” Dr. Montoya recognized that even before the advent of social media, researchers have been collaborating here and with international counterparts. Transcending national borders, a researcher’s leadership role goes beyond his/her research project.

Keynote speaker, Mr. Jojo Fresnedi of Except One, also reiterated the role of researchers as leaders who know how to utilize the resources available to them. “Leadership is mobilizing people for a common cause to make a positive difference. Every leader should master the medium of his era, and the medium of this era is the social media,” Mr. Fresnedi said.

This year’s event featured parallel sessions on the role of patients as leaders in shaping healthcare in social media, institutional leadership and its advancement through social media, and the role of social media as a storyteller.

The Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) is an annual multi-disciplinary summit that brings together eminent scientific minds and young scientists to foster exchange of ideas among scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. The summit will feature talks from Nobel Laureates, distinguished scientists, as well as mathematicians.

Starting this September 2019, the GYSS will be accepting nominations through a web-based system for the Summit to be held on 14-17 January 2020.

Qualifications:

  1. Currently an undergraduate, master’s and doctoral, and young postdoctoral student;
  2. Not older than 35 years of age at the time of the summit;
  3. With genuine interest in science and research;
  4. Shows strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work;
  5. Receive the endorsement of an organization that was invited to provide nominees OR receive strong support of their application by their head of department and/or by internationally renowned scientists, through a letter of recommendation;
  6. Fluent in English to actively participate in discussions;
  7. Has not participated in previous Global Young Scientists Summits; and
  8. Does not have a permanent position (scientist with permanent positions, in particular on the professor level, will not be admitted to the Summit).

Registration Process:

Phase 1

The nomination process is web-based. Representatives from invited organizations will be provided with login credentials. Representatives will be asked to provide information on each nominee, including the nominee’s name, email address and institution. Representatives are not required to provide details CVs or academic track records of the nominees. Upon submission through the system, nominees will be informed to submit further details. Only nominees who successfully submit all required information will be considered. Open applicants (i.e. those applying without the endorsement of an invited organization) can also apply, but will be required to submit an additional letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or an internationally renowned scientist.

 

Phase 2

Nominees will be informed of the status of their applications. Successful nominees will be required to provide further information, such as flight details, poster submissions and their choice of any optional or parallel sessions to attend.

 

For inquiries you may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the GYSS website at https://www.nrf.gov.sg/gyss/home.

Are you looking for ways to shake off your stress while learning funky moves from well-known dance schools in Manila, for free?

Hataw Agham, a free dance school hosted by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is coming to the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 20, 2019 at the Main Stage, World Trade Center, Pasay City!

Being actively involved in dance activities are proven to positively affect one’s mental and physical health according to multiple studies. Researchers also found out that dancing improves one’s learning process and memory, aside from strengthening the body.



Expected to attend this year’s Hataw Agham are students from various high schools and colleges, as well as learners from Alternative Learning System (ALS). The program will include routine-instructed dance fitness or “dance school” and lecture on the benefits of dancing for mental and physical health. Demonstration session of various dance routines will be led by dance instructors from Dancehall Manila, School of Goodlock, and Indayog. Interested participants may register through this link.

The NSTW is an annual event hosted by the Department of Science and Technology. This year’s theme, “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” highlights the significant contributions of science and technology to sustainable development. For more information, visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph.