The R1HRDC is the region's steering body for health research and health related concerns.
The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC), as the regional arm of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) is mandated to strengthen the system of health research collaboration in Region 1 in order to develop, enhance and capacitate institutions within the region and to engage in health research as as strategy in improving the health conditions of its people.
Just recently, Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC), City of Batac, Ilocos Norte was installed as the new chair of the consortium, and Dr. Leo B. Solis of the Virgen Milagrosa University (VMUF) of San Carlos Pangasinan as the co-chairman. Together, they are joined by other heads of the twenty one (21) member institutions.