A two-day workshop for Applied Ethics in Research was held on June 18-19, 2014 at the Playa Tropical, Currimao, Ilocos Norte. The twenty-three participants, who attended the workshop, are mostly Medical Practitioners and members of the Ethics Review Committee from R1Medical Center, ITRMC, MMSU, MMMH, UNP, DMMMSU including the representatives of their partner agencies like the CHR, POPCOM, DOH, NNC, DOST, and PCHRD.

The workshop consisted of a Pre-Test; 9 Lectures; 5 Small Group Works (SGW) which varied from Discussions, Self-Discernment and Role Play; Plenary Sessions in the form of Previews, Presentations and Critiques; Individual Reading and Assignment; a Post Test Evaluation; and Daily and Final Workshop Evaluation.

The workshop started at 2:00 PM with the administration of a pre-test on Research Cognitive Valuation. This was immediately followed by a short introduction on the workshop goals and quick run through of the program schedule.

Dr. Rosario Angeles T. Alora and Dr. Evangeline O. Santos, who are both from the Research Ethics Board of UP Manila, were the Main Resource Speakers/Facilitators of the said Workshop.

During the first day of the workshop, Dr. Alora gave Lectures 1, 2 and 6 which pertained to Introduction to Ethics in Research, Ethical Research, and Valuing the Person as Equal to Others: Justice, respectively.

Dr. Santos, on the other hand, delivered Lectures 3, 4 and 5 anent Valuing the Person as an End: Beneficence, Non-Maleficence, and Valuing the Person as one with Dignity: Autonomy.

On the second day, Dr. Alora discussed Lecture 7 relative to Ensuring Ethical Research Controls, while Dr. Santos delved on Lectures 8 and 9 about the The Institutional Ethics Review Committee and The Ethical Researcher, respectively.

Shortly thereafter, each of the participants shared their personal limitations/hindrances as well as their plan of action/recommendations on how they can improve as a researcher or member of the committee.

The workshop was conducted to provide an avenue for the aforesaid participants to dialogue and guide regarding the moral dimensions of research; to help the participants evaluate ethical research, specifically to sensitize them on the basic concepts, to apply the concepts to avoid, recognize and correct issues; to describe the different controls for Ethics in Research focusing on the Phil Health Research Ethics Board, Institutional Research Ethics Committee and the Researcher; and to motivate the participants to do and advocate quality ethical research.


Successes and Milestones in the Arena of Research at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center

In addition to providing patients with quality healthcare and education, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC), a 200-bed capacity tertiary level teaching and training hospital in the North, maintains an extensive research program to better satisfy its clients.  This research thrust is cognizant to MMMHMC’s role of protecting and promoting the health of the people and in view of its vision to be the center of excellence in research in Ilocandia. Since its founding in 1968, the MMMHMC has remained committed to patient care and innovative research.  The following are the strategies of the hospital in terms of research.


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Region I Health Research and Development Consortium

ANNOUNCES: Call for Papers

R1HRDC Regional Research Contest 

You are invited to participate in the 2014 R1HRDC Regional Research Contest.  The event will be held in the Guestel, University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on July 18, 2014, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.


The theme of the 2014 R1HRDC Research Contest is “Strengthening Collaborative Research with People at the Center of Health and Health Research”

Read more: 2014 Call for Papers

In a phytochemical screening of indigenous plants of Ilocos Norte made by researchers of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), four are found to be potential sources of drug for acute and chronicanti-inflammatory diseases.  These plants are the Uvaria rufa (allagat),Ficus minahassae (agimet), Dilenia philippinensis (palali) and Momordica cochinchinensis (sugod-sugod).  The presence of flavonoids, saponins, terpenoids and steroids are observed during the tests of the extracts of 116 different plant parts using ethanol and water as extractants.

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