CEBU CITY- The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the #HealthXPh has teamed up again to hold the 3rd Philippine Healthcare and Social Media Summit on 25 April 2017 at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel. 

With the theme “Social Media & Health Research: Connections that Matter,” this year’s summit focused on research with its six tracks following the research process from thinking of a topic (Track 1), ethical guidelines in research (Track 2), literature review (Track 4), software tools (Tracks 3 and 6), to research dissemination via social media (Track 5).

During the summit overview, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, #HealthXPh Co-Founder, announced that the Summit was again a certified “Patients Included” explaining that patients were not only speaking at the summit but were also able to register to attend as healthcare workers can.

Dr. Isip-Tan added that it was also the first time that the Summit has an unconference, a participant-driven session.

In his message, Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, emphasized that social media is now a widely used tool to create content, share ideas, show interests, and facilitate expressions.

It [Social media] connects individuals, organizations, and agencies to build relationships and form communities online. Thus, it is important that we discuss the need to do research on social media as well as the ethical issues on its use as a tool in health research,” he said.

Healthcare professionals, patients and advocates, researchers, and students nationwide participated the Summit.

12th National Medical Writing Workshop and 5th Writeshop for Young Researchers
7-8 August 2017
Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)


Application deadline: July 15, 2017
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 12th National Medical Writing Workshop and 5th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 7-8 August 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation for participants and meals during the workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.

Requirements for participants

The workshop is designed for a maximum of forty (40) researchers in health sciences and health social sciences, aged 35 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. The selected draft manuscripts will be reviewed and revised during the workshop, based on the lectures and exercises, under the guidance of the faculty and mentor – facilitators. All participants are expected to present a 7-minute power point summary of their revised manuscripts on the second day of the workshop, and agree to submit the article to an appropriate scholarly peer-reviewed journal within three (3) months after the workshop.


Applicants should e-mail the following requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 30 June 2017:

1. Application forms (incomplete forms will not be considered)
2. Conforme slip
3. Abstracts
4. Draft Journal Manuscripts
5. Instructions to authors (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)

Please use this subject format in your email: Application_12th Wrtieshop_(Surname)
Please save your documents in this format: Application form_(Surname), Conforme Slip_(Surname), Abstract_(Surname), Manuscript_(Surname), ITO_(Surname)

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on July 15, 2017.

If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ms. Ciaren Itulid at (02) 837-7534.


The United Kingdom Medical Research Council (UK MRC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Health and Research Development (PCHRD), are inviting concept proposals to the 2nd UK-Philippines Joint Health Research Call for possible funding of up to 129 million (£2 million pounds) and 80 million (£1.25 million pounds) pesos for successful participants in UK and Philippines, respectively.

The Call aims to strengthen the research base in the UK and the Philippines as well as enable partnership opportunities in the areas of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases.  

Areas of research interests within the Communicable Diseases may include genomics and molecular technologies, and diagnostics on diseases that impact the most vulnerable people in society such as influenza-like illnesses, chronic respiratory infections, leptospirosis, sepsis, hepatitis, rabies, and Zika virus.

Likewise, the area of interests for Non-Communicable Diseases may include the use of animal models in identifying the genes responsible for protection from a disease, studies on creation or use of animal models for therapeutic trials, and development of cost-effective biomedical devices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among Filipinos.

Proposals should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 6 June 2017. For more information, visit

Pasay City, METRO MANILA- The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) presented key findings of a supported project of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) during the 47th Annual Convention of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) on 10 May 2017 at SMX Convention Center.

The project entitled “Pharmacogenetic Studies on Some Commonly Used Drugs for Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, and Coronary Artery Disease among Filipinos” aims to determine the candidate genetic variations which are associated with effective drug response and/or adverse drug effects during medications for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (abnormal amount of lipids in the blood), and coronary disease.

The proponents specifically discussed substudies of the project including Angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) response, Beta-blocker (BB) response, Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi)-induced cough, Aspirin response, and Clopidogrel response.

Presented during the Session on Cardiovascular Genomics, the project is one of the two components of the program entitled “Genomic Researches on Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease and Dyslipidemia towards the Development of Individualized Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies” which hopes to determine genetic profiles and responses to treatments of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and coronary heart disease.

According to the proponents led by Dr. Rody Sy and Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, the results will be used in clinical setting for individualized treatment strategies as well as in diagnosis to enhance care of Filipino patients and their families.

This initiative offers a high-throughput screening of candidate genes; once identified, the findings may lead to the development of genetic test kits that can be provided at the point of care using various molecular diagnostic platforms,” the proponents explained in their project’s rationale. 

MANILA CITY, Metro Manila- The MD-PhD scholars of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) attended the Basic Research Ethics Training on 22-23 March 2017 at the C.O.M.E Conference Room, Paz Mendoza Hall, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.

The MD-PhD scholars who attended the PHREB's Basic Research Ethics Training

Led by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), the training provided scholars with knowledge on how to conduct ethical research to assist them in the development of their masteral or dissertation requirements.

The speakers, namely Dr. Maria Salome Vios and Dr. Sonia Bongala, Chair and Vice-Chair of the PHREB Committee on Standards and Accreditation (PHREB CSA), emphasized the role of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) in ensuring the welfare, safety, and protection of the research participants from any possible scientific advancements of a research protocol.  

Dr. Vios and Dr. Bongala also discussed various international, national, and institutional controls that guide researchers on doing ethical research. They reminded the scholars to treat RECs as support institutions in improving the outcomes of their research and not as a hindrance in implementing their objectives.

The MD-PhD 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.

To date, 65 scholars were being monitored by PCHRD. (With reports from Julian Bernardo Torralba, Science Research Specialist I, PCHRD)