The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium, is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Alberto G. Romualdez, Jr. Outstanding Health Research Award (AROHRA) for the year 2020.


The award gives recognition to a research program or project that has demonstrated the link between research and practice through the utilization of research findings in health delivery system.


Any health research program or project may be considered for the award. Nominations will be done by any institution, members of the consortium, scientific, technological and professional societies or associations, research institutes, universities and colleges, and individuals. Self nomination is not allowed.


Two awards will be given: one for the Biomedical Research Category and another one for the Health Services Research Category. A cash prize of Php500,000.00 (net of tax) and a trophy await the winner for each category.
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In order to help the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board 1 (REMB 1) on its advocacy to promote the importance of ethics in the field of health research, and to assist in the creation and improvement of the Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) of RECs for quality assurance, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Ethics Committee (ERC) conducted the WORKSHOP ON STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES on October 9-10, 2019 at Hotel Le Duc, Dagupan City, Province of Pangasinan.
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With the continued commitment of the Department of Health (DOH) in training the next generation of health sector leaders, researchers, policy analysis and program managers, the DOH partnered with Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) to implement the DOH Research Fellowship Program. Aligned with the Advancing Health through Evidence Assisted Decisions (AHEAD) strategy to (1) to increase individual, institutional and sectoral research capacity and (2) to position the Philippines as a global knowledge contributor, the Program aims to establish a cadre of young professionals with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to appraise and conduct high quality health policy and systems research that are of policy significance.

With the passing of the Universal Health Care Act, there is a need to further develop a cadre of policy system researchers, technical experts and managers in order to strengthen internal analytic capacity in the DOH and to build health policy and systems research capacity within the sector. In line with this, the DOH Fellowship Program will be expanded in order to capacitate young professionals deployed to the regional Centers for Health Development (CHDs) all over the country.

The DOH Regional Research Fellowship Program is a 1-year term fellowship program intended for early career professionals who are considering a career in research. The Regional Research Fellows will be fully immersed in technical work at DOH regional CHDs and, in turn, will be capacitated in health policy, research and health systems management.

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The Department of Health Center for Health Development 1 (CHD 1), in partnership with the DMMMSU – OUS will conduct a Training – Workshop on Research Design, Methodology, and Proposal Writing and is now accepting interested participants for screening


The following are the research priorities of CHD1 (aligned with the National Unified Health Research Agenda):

1. Responsive Health System

     a. Health service delivery

     b. Health governance

     c. Health information system

     d. Heath human resource

2. Research to Enhance and Extend Healthy Lives

     a. Communicable disease

     b. Maternal, newborn and child health

     c. Non-communicable disease

     d. Mental health

     e. Environmental health

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The Lyceum-Northwestern University (L-NU) in Dagupan City is celebrating its Golden (50th) Year Anniversary.  There will be a culmination activity, which is the International Research Conference and Medical Symposium (IRCAMS) on December 3-5, 2019 at the CSI Stadia, Lucao District, Dagupan City with the theme - Health Sciences Education and Practice in the Light of FIRE (Fourth Industrial Revolution).


The IRCAMS aims to provide an avenue for practitioners, researchers, academics as well as students in the field of medical and health allied sciences for intellectual, academic and interdisciplinary exchanges to keep abreast with current issues, innovations, and trends in their fields of specialization. It shall give an opportunity to the participants to build networks and linkages with other researchers around the world and the opportunity to publish their research outputs. Expected participants are Physicians, Paramedics and Faculty of Medicine and allied disciplines.

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In light of the need to promote and disseminate the results of the finished researches, the consortium thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) joined two different activities of its stakeholders this month of September.

A research caravan was conducted by the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) on September 8, 2019 in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association - Ilocos Sur Chapter. The vision and mission of the R1HRDC was presented as well as the findings of the DOST - PCHRD - R1HRDC funded research projects to encourage health professionals especially the nurses to engage in quality health research to improve quality of life.

Another celebration is the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (for Region 1) on September 17-20, 2019 held at Centennial Arena, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with the theme, "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development". Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1,

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