The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) chairman Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza and Capability Building Committee chairman Dr. Unity H. Cortez attended the recently held Department of Health (DOH) 16th National health Research Forum for Action (NHRFA) last September 16, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City with the theme, "Laying the Foundation for Stronger Research Translation", together with different individuals involve in health research.

The forum focused on two key themes, namely, Knowledge Translation and Mining and Visualization of Data as means to facilitate transfer of knowledge gained from public health and health system researches.

The DOH-NHRFA has been working to emphasize and strengthen the translation and use of research and evidence, as well as improve discourse on health research and policy development.

The NHRFA is annual event which started in the year 2000 and serves as an avenue to gather, present and discuss the latest evidences in health systems research. It is the goal of the forum to direct the translation of evidences into definitive actions for a better health system. It is attended by policy-makers and implementers, including stakeholders in the government sector, academe, private sector, development partners and civil society.

Once again, the health research community celebrated the 10th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week last August 8-11, 2016 at the City State Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan with the theme “Research and Innovation for Health and the Environment.” Hosted by the MIMAROPA Health Research and Development Consortium (MHRDC), said celebration includes the following activities: workshops, pre-Conference sessions, parallel sessions, opening program and fellowship night. There were more than five hundred (500) participants attended of the remarkable event, most of whom were researchers, professionals and students, academe and medical practitioners.

In line with this, the participation of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) in the  Inter-regional Poster Exhibit Contest (Professional and Student Category), Consortiums’ Poster and Cluster Presentation is crucial. Therefore, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Chairman, R1HRDC  witnessed and participated the said  event together with her Co-Chairs Dr. Leo B. Solis, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Dr. Unity H. Cortez, Dr. Hilarion Maramba and Dr. Mercita Queddeng with the presenters Mr. Jimmy Catanes and Dr. Ma. Rosita Quitola.

During the opening program, the R1HRDC received a special award from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) as the 2nd Place in Best Website Maintenance. In addition to this award, the paper entitled “The Efficacy and Safety of Spirulina Supplementation in the Treatment of Iron Defficiency Anemia in Preschool-Age Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial” of Dr. Maria Rosita Quitola from Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center won the 2nd Place in Poster Exhibit Contest. Moreover, we brought home the crown as 1st Place in Cluster Presentation.


Congratulations R1HRDC!

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