TDR is pleased to announce a call for applications from universities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to host and manage the TDR international post graduate training scheme on implementation research (IR). The long term goal is to strengthen capacity of disease endemic countries for identifying public health needs, develop appropriate solutions and translate them into policy and practice for improved health and wellbeing of their populations.
Specific objectives of the postgraduate training scheme are to:
Strengthen the capacity within LMIC universities to select and manage postgraduate trainees in implementation research;
Support postgraduate training for nationals of LMICs.
Prof. Fortunato Dela Peña, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services, lauded the MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program as a good model for human resource development programs in science and technology during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine on October 8, 2014.
The MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program is a joint initiative of UPM and the DOST, through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), that aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers in basic and applied biomedical research towards the advancement of health from individual to global levels. It is the first and pioneering degree program in the Philippines that combines the MD and PhD courses in one.
Usec. Dela Peña explained that the MD-PhD Program is part of an ongoing effort of the DOST to capacitate the S&T sector with highly trained and skilled human resource by providing scholarship grants in almost all educational levels and all fields of expertise. Aside from scholars at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System, the Department also currently supports more than 4,000 undergraduate and more than 1,000 MS and PhD scholars.
Describing the program as “very innovative” and a “breakthrough in graduate education,” Usec. Dela Peña said that the DOST may follow the dual-career concept of the MD-PhD in Molecular Science program in developing future scholarship grants in other fields of science and technology.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrates the 10th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) on 24-29 November 2014.
The NBW celebration is annually celebrated by the DOST together with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to promote safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology and its products as one of the several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, sustainable and safe environment.
With the theme, “Edukasyon sa Bioteknolohiya: Pagyamanin para sa Kinabukasan Natin,” the DOST participates in the event by holding activities aimed at educating college and high school students on the use of biotechnology in drug discovery and nutrition, agriculture, environment protection, and industry.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) renews its support for the MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) at the UP - College of Medicine on October 8, 2014.
The MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program is the first and only dual MD-PhD course offered in the Philippines that trains aspiring physician-scientists. It is a joint initiative of the DOST, through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and UPM for human resource development in biomedical research.
This year, nine scholars qualified for program. All scholars graduated with honors in their respective bachelor’s degrees. Although the program requires a minimum of 90% rating at the National Medical Aptitude Test (NMAT), all scholars received 96% and above NMAT ratings, two of whom achieved a score of 100%.
In his message, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of PCHRD-DOST, stressed that the program is the country’s initiative to ensure that future a pool of scientists who are experts in both the clinical and research aspects of medical science. He said, “The program gives the MD-PhD scholars the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge. Who else will best advance our medical knowledge but the ones who know both sides: the science and the medicine?”