The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) will conduct the APAME 2015 International Convention on 24 to 27 August 2015 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

With the theme, “Advancing Access to Health Information and Publication: Shifting Paradigms, Trends, and Innovations,” APAME 2015 will bring together the region’s medical journal , authors, researchers, librarians, and publishers to promote collaboration and exchange of information and knowledge among stakeholders to upgrade the quality of scholarly publications in medicine and the health sciences in the Asia Pacific Region.

Over 500 international participants are expected to attend the APAME 2015 Convention. Online registration is now open. Register to APAME 2015.

The APAME 2015 is hosted by the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) with the APAME, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) in collaboration with the libraries of the World Health Organization South East Asia (WHO-SEARO) and Western Pacific Region Regional Offices (WHO-WPRO) and the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP).


The International Science and Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO is inviting participants to the International Forum on Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25-26 May 2015.

The main objective of the forum is to share perspectives in devising strategies to address the imbalance of women participation at the leadership level in science, technology and engineering in the business and government sectors. Relative to this, we are seeking assistance in nominating candidate(s) to participate in the forum. The participant must possess the following minimum criteria:

  • Holding a senior position in the organization involved in women’s affairs
  • Has good command of the English language (both oral and written)
  • Must be in good health

The organizers will provide hotel accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the forum to selected international participants. Since the organizers will not provide travel grants to the participants, international airfare will be shouldered by the sending agency.

Interested participants are required to complete the application form which can be downloaded along with the brochure from http://www.istic-unesco.organd submit to Ms. Charlene Basig thru email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 30 April 2015.

For more information, please visit



A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of foodborne disease is vastly more complicated,” stated World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, in celebration of the annual World Health Day on 07 April 2015.

With the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe,” this year’s celebration targets food safety. WHO emphasized that “coordinated and cross-border actionis needed to solve the global threats posed by unsafe foods.

Unsafe foods include uncooked and undercooked foods of animal origin, contaminated food and vegetables and raw shellfish containing marine toxins.

Unsafe food can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, and cause more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhea to cancers,” WHO explained.

Among the serious disease outbreaks were the melamine contamination of infant formula in 2008 which affected 300, 000 infants and young children in China and the Escherichia coli outbreak in 2011 which caused 53 deaths in European and North American countries. Melamine is an industrial compound which results to kidney failure, high blood pressure and even death when ingested while E. coli are bacteria which cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illnesses and pneumonia.

To prevent unsafe foods create a cycle of diseases and malnutrition, WHO emphasized the roles of the public in encouraging food safety through practicing food hygiene like proper washing of raw foods before cooking, being conscious in common food hazards like poor handling practices, reading food labels carefully and making informed choices.

Food safety is a cross-cutting issue and shared responsibility that requires participation of non-public health sectors…and support of major international and regional agencies and organizations,” WHO ended.

Full copy of WHO’s press release for the World Health Day and information on food safety can be viewed at and respectively.

To know more about the current issues on food and nutrition safety and security, you can also participate in the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) on 24-27 August 2015 at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Visit for details. ■

Niog-niogan (Ficus pseudopalma) is a potential source of antioxidants, say researchers at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) after analysing the leaves to find compounds with potential pharmaceutical use.

Niog-niogan, an endemic medicinal plant in Luzon, is traditionally used in treating various illnesses like kidney stones.

Results of laboratory exams identified the compound lupeol from the leaves of Niog-niogan which isknown for its antioxidants properties. Antioxidants are known to prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, based on the report of World Health Organization (WHO).

With their findings, they recommended further analysis on niog-niogan as a candidate for drug discovery and development.

This study was funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST- PCHRD) and published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine.

Full copy of the study may be viewed at

The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) envisions the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), being one of the implementing agencies of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), as an institution which actively promotes and supports advocacies for protection of human participants in health research.

CHED, in assistance in facilitating the accreditation to PHREB of Research Ethics Review Committees (RERCs) of all Higher Education Institutions, issued a memorandum to all RERCs of universities and colleges. (please click here for a soft copy of the CHED Memo)

CHED MEMO 0001 2015 re accreditation