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The General Secretariat of King Faisal International Prize is pleased to

Invite you to nominate for the year 2018 (1439H.) Prize for Medicine in the topic:

Immunotherapy for Cancer

1- Nominations should be submitted by universities, scientific institutions and research centers.
2- Nominated works must be published, benefit mankind and enrich human knowledge.
3- The prize is not awarded posthumously.
4- Nominations are not accepted from individuals or political parties.
5- Dissertations are not accepted.

1- An official letter of nomination for each nominee separately, adequately justifying the nomination and outlining the nominee's achievements in the prize topic.
2- A list of nominated works.
3- A general information form to be filled by the nominee. This form can be duplicated if more than one candidate is nominated.

1- A typed CV of the nominee with a list of his/her publications, one copy of which should be forwarded via e-mail.
2- Accept to present three lectures in his/her field of specialization, at scientific centers in the event s/he is awarded the prize.
3- One original copy of each nominated paper. The total number of nominated papers should not exceed 10.
4- Six copies of each nominated book and/or book chapters. The total number of nominated books and/or book chapters should not exceed 5. The book's title page should be appended with each nominated book chapter.
5- One color photo of the nominee (13x18cm).

1- A certificate written in Arabic calligraphy featuring the winner’s name with a brief description of the work for which s/he is awarded the Prize.
2- A Commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medallion.
3- A sum of SR 750,000 (US$ 200,000).

1- Nominations are judged exclusively on the basis of merit.
2- Any nomination not fulfilling all conditions and requirements shall be excluded.
3- More than one winner may share the Prize.
4- The decision of the Prize's Selection Committee is final.
5- Nomination documents and nominated works will not be returned.
6- Winners will be announced in January 2018 and the prizes will be presented at an official ceremony later in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
7- All required documents must be received no later than April 1, 2017 to the following address: 

The General Secretariat
King Faisal International Prize
Al-Khairia Building, King Fahd Road
P.O. Box 22476 - Riyadh 11495
Saudi Arabia
Tel: (+966-11) 465 2255 - Fax: (+966-11) 465 8685
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To download the nomination form: http://kfip.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161016-invitation-to-nominate-to-Medicine-english-FT.pdf

For more information, visit http://kfip.org/

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA- As part of the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) held the Health Forum 2016 at Sulo Riviera Hotel.

The Forum discussed the developments in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), drug discovery and development, genomics, and nutrition.

Speakers were Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, University of the Philippines Manila Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Director, Ms. Iris Bea Ramiro, University of the Philippines Diliman Marine Science Institute Research Associate, Ms. Mildred Udarbe, FNRI Lifestage and Nutrition Section Senior Science Research Specialist, Ms. Marietta Rodriguez, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Senior Science Research Specialist, and Mr. Jacus Nacis, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Science Research Specialist II.

Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, emphasized that Biotechnology is helping the country by harnessing nature’s own toolbox and using people’s own genetic makeup to heal and guide research.

To prepare for and meet the society’s most pressing challenges, the recent advances in biotechnology has never been more relevant. Thus, it is imperative that we continue exploring ways to keep pace with the greater demand for biotechnology,” Dr. Montoya added.

With the overall theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay ng Mamamayan sa Kaunlaran, Yakapin ang pagbabago, Biotek na tayo!,” NBW highlighted the use of modern biotechnology as one of several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, and sustainable and safe environment. n

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development - Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) conducts workshops in different regions of the country to encourage and capacitate young researchers on frameworks for conducting disaster health research developed by Dr. Marvin Birnbaum, President of The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

The workshop provides tools to enhance the understanding of health disasters for improvement of the costs of responses and for enhancement of preparedness through research.

The series of workshops started during the Philippine National Health Research System Week on 8-9 August 2016 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It was followed by workshops in Manila on 19-21 September, CARAGA on 26-27 September and 24-26 October and Central Visayas on 20-21 October and 8-10 November 2016.

After the completion of workshops where 77 young researchers from 31 institutions in MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and Central Visayas Regions were trained, the Council will be conducting the Presentation of Proposal for Review Forum at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City on December 5-6, 2016. The Forum aims to bring together the participants who have ready proposals to present to the PCHRD DRR Team and other experts for technical review.

Dr. Birnbaum first introduced the frameworks during the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health in 2015 which inspired the Council to capacitate local researchers in the region in conducting disaster research.

To date, there are only few empirical research conducted on disaster in the country. As a result there is lack of evidence-based guidance on mitigation, preparedness and response, and recovery.

According to Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, these workshops was conceived as an initial step towards filling that knowledge and evidence gap and there are more efforts in the future to look forward to as the Council remains steadfast in their commitment to develop a national research program on disaster risk reduction.

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA- Filipino research efforts received another major boost as the three councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the 2nd Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Convention on 18 November 2016 at Hotel Jen Manila.

With the theme “Strengthening Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Countryside Development,” the Convention aims to provide updates on the recent technologies or researches in the areas of health, agriculture, aquatic, industry, and energy, as well as engage new stakeholders and potential institutions in the availment, development, and improvement of the program. 

Three parallel sessions on “Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources,” “Health Sciences,” and “Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology” were held.

Following were the topics discussed:

  • Aquatic Health Management: Challenges for Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Hybrids and Chimeras: Strain Improvement in Commercially Valuable Seaweeds
  • Exploring Philippine Biodiversity for Anti-senescent Interventions
  • The Efficacy of Medicinal Plants on Allergic Contact Dermatitis using Trinotrocholorobenzene (TNCB)-induced Contact Hypersensitivity (CHS) Mouse Model
  • Current Trends in Plasma Science and Technology Research
  • Developing a Feature-based Approach for Estimating Damage to Urban Areas Based on Analyzing Building Models in Virtual City

Speakers included Dr. Eduardo Leaño of Aquatic Animal Health Programme Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Dr. Michael Velarde of Buck Institute for Research Aging, Dr. Hernando Salapare of Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Dr. Michael Roleda of BioForsk-Norwegian Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Dr. Reginald Salonga of Mejio University, and Dr. Pher Errol Quinay of Niigata University.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña emphasized the importance of Balik Scientist Program in the country reiterating that it is one of the solutions to brain drain. “I would like to see the local government undertaking their own S&T programs. The BSP can help,” he added.

The 2nd Convention was headed by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Development. n

The Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap System, a local technology that targets the control of the dengue-causing Aedes aegypti population, was chosen as one of the R&D 100 Awards finalists by the R&D Magazine in their October 2016 Special Issue.


The R&D 100 Awards honors leading companies, technologies, and products that are considered game changers in their respective fields. In this year’s list, R&D magazine chose to honor 100 technologies that are deemed to have great contributions to S&T development. In her editorial article, Bea Riemschneider, R&D Magazine Editorial Director, said that the list features top innovations that have created “lasting impact” to the industries.

The OL Trap technology makes use of simple and readily-available materials – black tumbler, lawanit strip, and larvicide pellets made up of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) extracts, that attracts female Aedes aegypti to lay eggs on the strip soaked in larvicide solution. The solution, when absorbed by the lawanit strip, eventually kills the egg and larvae preventing the mosquito to reach its adult stage.

OL Trap kits are already commercially-available and may be purchased in selected supermarkets nationwide.