“With only few countries which have established global health research communities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in health in the ASEAN region, there is a need for research, education, and professional institutions in ASEAN countries to network and collaborate towards building training and research capacities in DRR and CCA,” stressed Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD during a two-day workshop on strengthening health research in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation on 19-20 July 2018 at Hotel Jen, Pasay City.

Organized by the DOST-PCHRD, in partnership with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service and Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO), the workshop brought together significant people from both the academe and field experts of disaster risk management and climate adaptation to conceptualize a network that would serve as an overseeing body to various disaster risk initiatives in health research within the ASEAN region.

 Highlight of the first day was the panel discussion which tackled the advantages and challenges in establishing an educational research network.  Synergy of experience and expertise was mentioned as one of the advantages in having a network . However, initiative, team formation and engagement are critical areas in the creation of the network. The issue on how to make the network sustainable even with diversity of culture and background was also pointed out.  Assistant Professor Carlos Primero Gundran of the University of the Philippines Manila, Dr. Ronald Law of the Department of Health, Dr. Myo Nyein Aung of the Chunlalongkorn University, and Dr. Pauline Grys from Heidelberg University .

On the second day, workshop participants were grouped to gather insights on the needs, concrete benefits, disadvantages, purpose, and sustainability in establishing a research resiliency network in the country.The output of the workshop is an initial document that would serve as the backbone in the establishment of the DRRM-H and CCA Resiliency Network.

 PCHRD and AIHO showed their commitment  to support the formation and cause of the network. As PCHRD Research Information Communication, Utilization Division (RICUD) Chief Ms. Merlita Opeña puts it, “The Council is very committed to the creation of the network for DRRM-H and CCA because this will facilitate research studies and research results that will deliver outcomes for the benefit of the ASEAN.”

16-21 July, Pasay City
- With the theme “Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2018 highlighted science, technology, and innovation’s (STI) role in achieving national development. To better display the impact of STI in our lives, the exhibit was divided into three clusters namely STI at Home, STI at Workplace, and STI at School. A marketplace themed area was also placed featuring products supported by the DOST regional offices.

The STI at Home exhibit highlighted Philippine Council for Health Research and Development supported health technologies such as the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER), ReliefVent, Tuklas Lunas Program, Agapay Project, and Biotek- M Dengue Aqua Kit. Supported products of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), and some DOST regional offices were also featured in this cluster.

As part of the festivities, PCHRD organized several events that further engaged the exhibit goers into science and technology. The activities were as follows: Hataw Agham, a Zumba fitness activity ; DAAD Workshop, a two-day workshop on strengthening health research in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; and Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Orientation, a venue to encourage Filipino scientists, technologists, and experts to return to the country and share their expertise to promote scientific, agro-industrial, and economic development.

Aside from the annual exhibit and organized events, people were also engaged into interactive games, raffle, nutrition counseling, demonstration, and photo booth.

Through events like these, the Council is hopeful that students, researchers, and enthusiasts find inspiration in the newly developed technologies to also pursue science and contribute research-based solutions to address national concerns.

The NSTW is celebrated every third week of July under Proclamation No. 169 of 1993 which authorize DOST agencies to conduct commemorative events and activities to promote scientific breakthrough programs and technologies in the country.

PASAY CITY, Metro Manila- It’s every student’s dream to graduate college. But for some such as the scholars of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), undergraduate degree is not enough, they should finish their MD-PhD as well!

Four scholars, first batch of the MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program, participated the hooding ceremony for their doctoral degree during the 109th Commencement Exercises of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila on 22 June 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Among the scholars who successfully surpassed the eight-year coursework of the program are Dr. Ruby Anne King, Dr. Monica Fresthel Climacosa, Dr. Bobbie Marie Santos, and Dr. Jonnel Poblete.

The MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Program is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through PCHRD, and UP Manila, through the College of Medicine, to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the advancement of health through biomedical research.

Being the first and only program in the country that offers dual MD-PhD course, the MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program prepares scholars to assume key leadership roles within the academic community and mentor physician-scientists in training.

PCHRD Executive Director Jaime Montoya also awarded the “Most Outstanding MD-PhD Dissertation Award” to Dr. Monica Fresthel Climacosa, during the UP College of Medicine Graduation.

Congratulations to the proud parents!

In its aim to recognize outstanding scientific contributions and achievements made by researchers, inventors, and innovators from all over the world, the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) is inviting researchers to apply for the 32nd Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) in Tehran, Iran on February 2019.

The following fields of science and technology are included for the award:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
  • Basic Sciences
  • Biotechnology and Basic Medical Sciences
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Chemical Technology
  • Engineering (all fields)
  • Green Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Materials, Metallurgy
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Industry and Technology Management

Interested applicants may submit their application at www.khwarizmi.ir.

Deadline of application: 20 November 2018.

BAGUIO CITY- The 12th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week is set to stage in the Summer Capital of the Philippines!

The health research community will celebrate the annual event on 6-9 August 2018 at CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Baguio City.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), in collaboration with the Cordillera Regional Health Research Development Consortium (CRHRDC), will organize this year’s conference.

Highlighting the theme “Research and Innovation for Equity in Health,”  PNHRS 2018 will discuss the current situation, challenges, and advancements to improve health and equity through reinforced health research and innovation in the regions and local communities.

Plenary and parallel sessions of the main conference will cover topics including governance and equity in health, translating research to public health programs, and strengthening research offices of higher education institutes (HEIs) and research and development institutions (RDIs).

Satellite events will also include sessions and workshops such as the “14th National Medical Writing Workshop & 7th Writeshop for Young Researchers,” the “Technical Evaluation of DRR-CCA Proposals,” the “Communication Campaigns: Designing Effective Collaterals,” the “Enhancing the Quality of Monitoring Data from Consortia,” and the “Consultation on the Conduct of Clinical Investigation of Medical Devices.”

PNHRS Week is a gathering of different stakeholders in health research and development to contribute research-based solutions to health problems. For the program, please visit www.healthresearch.ph.