The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC) received the highest level of accreditation (Level III) from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City during the 1st PHREB National Conference which coincided with the hosting of the 14th Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) General Assembly on November 25-26, 2014 respectively. The Philippines hosted this remarkable international event.

The Level III Certificate with accreditation number (L-3-2014-007-01) dated (November 25, 2014 to expire on November 25, 2017) was handed over by Dr.  Jaime C. Montoya- Executive Director PCHRD-DOST) to Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza-MMMH&MC Medical Center Chief II together with some of the hospital’s RERC Members who were in attendance. With this level III Accreditation, MMMH&MC can now review all types of research which include Clinical Drug Trials (Phases 1 to 4). Furthermore, the MMMH&MC RERC is given the privilege to be part of the Ethics Review Resource Committees of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On the 2nd day, November 26, 2014, MMMH&MC RERC was also awarded with a Plaque of Recognition by Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) Chair- Kenji Hirayama in compliance with the Declaration of Helsinki, International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Standards, Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) Guidelines, WHO Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health Related Research and Surveying and Evaluating Ethical Review Practices, EC/IRB Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and Local Regulations and Standards in Ethical Review.

As such, MMMH&MC RERC can be called upon by the FDA to conduct regulatory reviews on its behalf. The MMMH&MC RERC is one of the twelve (12) Accredited Review Committees in the Philippines and the 1st Institutional Review Board to be accredited in Region I.

The National Award and the International Recognition would not have been made possible were it not for the unstinted support of Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza (Medical Center Chief II); the guidance of Dr. Cristina E. Torres (FERCAP Region Coordinator), Dr. Marita V. T. Reyes (Chairman, National Ethics Committee and Member, PHREB Sub-Committee on Standards and Accreditation), Dr. Cecilia V. Tomas (Chair, PHREB Sub-Committee on Standards and Accreditation), Dr. Evangeline Olivar-Santos (Member, PHREB Sub-Committee on Standards and Accreditation) and Prof. Edlyn Jimenez (Member, PHREB Sub-Committee on Standards and Accreditation) ; and the group effort of the MMMH&MC RERC officers and members namely: Ms. Marcia Abadilla-Fellizar (Chairman), Dr. Michael Martin C. Baccay (Co-Chairman), Ms. Flordeliza T. Sagun and Ms. Maita Gretchen A. Najera (Secretary and Assistant Secretary), Mr. Allan Fellizar, Dr. Analyn Q. Urbano, Dr. Joan T. Galano, Mr. Marlon U. dela Cruz, Ms. Lilia M. Tabones, Dr. Maria Paz Virgina K. Otayza, as members; Dr. Mary Lu B. Magno (Non-Affiliated Member); Ms. Zonia A. Tinio (Lay Person); Prof. Gaiselle Mabeza and Mr. Antonio Valdez as Lay Members and Ms. Kristine Joy C. Castro as Support Staff.




The 2015 Program Complementation Activities of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research Utilization Committee (RUC), has successfully completed the Regional Research Contest and Research Exhibit Caravan Program last February 27, 2015 at the Alumni Center of Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Inc., San Carlos City Pangasinan with the theme “Complementing Integrity in Health thru Standard and Quality Health Researches”. This contest aims to (1) provide professional and student researches as a good avenue for health research utilization and dissemination (2) strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions (3) promote quality health researches as parameters to quality, safe and efficient health care in this increasingly difficult health condition especially the marginalized communities and (4) tap potential researchers towards health both students and professional alike and bring out their maximum talents.

Less than 200 participants, whom are mostly students and professional attended the said activity. Participants were from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Northwestern University (NWU), Pangasinan State University (PSU), Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), University of Northern Philippines (UNP),Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Inc. (VMUF), and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).Other participants (non-member institutions) were from  Collegio de Dagupan, University of Pangasinan, Lorma Colleges and St. Paul Colleges (Vigan City). These participants, together with the R1HRDC Chair & Members were warmly welcomed by the Drum and Bungle Corps of VMUF. The program started with the ribbon cutting for the Research Exhibit Caravan and Poster Competition, followed by the invocation and Philippine National Anthem led by the Drum and Bugle Corps of VMUF. Dr. Ma. Lilia Posadas-Juan, University President delivered her welcome remarks and the response was given by Dr. Mercita Queddeng, Chairman of RUC. An inspirational message came from the woman behind the success of R1HRDC, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza. This was followed by the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation and token to Dr. Ma. Lilia Posadas-Juan by the chairman of the Consortium and other chairs from different committees.

During the Regional Research Contest, under Professional Category, out of the 69 entries submitted, only five (5) papers were qualified for the Oral Presentation and five (5) papers for Poster Exhibit Contest. Under the Student Category, in which more than 80 entries were submitted, and only six (6) papers and eight (8) papers were qualified for Oral Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contest, respectively simultaneous presentations were done during the contests. The members of the Technical Panel for the Oral Presentation (Professional Category) were Dir. Armando Ganal from DOST, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III from MMMHMC and Mr. David Livingstone Ramos from LNU while Dr. Rolando Navarro from UNP, Dr. Larguita Reotutar and RUC members were the technical panel members for the Poster Exhibit Contest. For the student category the Evaluators for Oral Presentation were Dr. Hilarion Maramba from R1MC, Dr. Geraldine Casipit from CHED and Dr. Unity H. Cortez from ITRMC while for the Poster Exhibit Contest, the members of the Technical Panel were Dr. Nora P. Benavides from PSU, Dr. Cecilia Villamor from DMMMSU and RUC members.

The Research Exhibit Caravan showcased four (4) completed research paper funded by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The activity ended profitably with the awarding of winners and consolation prizes to the participants.



The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), in partnership with the Philippine Department of Health and Department of Science and Technology, will host the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health in Manila, from 24-27 August 2015.

As world leaders shift their focus to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, increased understanding of the impact of research and innovation on health is of critical importance. Scientific research and innovation has transformative effects on not only health outcomes, but also national economic growth and sustainable development.

Forum 2015 will bring together all stakeholders who play a role in making research and innovation benefit health, equity and development. Over the course of three days, Forum 2015 will use informative and interactive discussions, workshops, networking sessions and activities to allow participants to interact, inspire, and learn from one another.

Forum 2015 provides a platform where low and middle income countries take prime position in defining the global health research agenda, in presenting solutions and in creating effective partnerships for action.

Programme Pillars and Themes

I. Increasing the Effectiveness of Research and Innovation for Health (through):

  • Accounting for Results
  • Increasing Investments
  • Country-Driven Capacity Building

II. The Role of Research and Innovation (in improving):          

  • Food Safety and Security
  • Health in Mega-Cities
  • Disaster Risk Reduction

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Keio University Medical Science Fund is now accepting nominations for the Keio Medical Science Prize 2015. Established in 1996, Keio University annually awards the Keio Medical Science Prize to recognize researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine or life sciences.

Keio Medical Science Prize 2015


  • Nominee must have a breakthrough in the fields of medicine and life sciences, and/or related fields.
  • Nominee must have an outstanding contribution to basic and clinical medicine.



            13 selection committee members and over 60 specialists from various fields, within and outside Keio University, will select laureates through rigorous review process.



            Nominees must be currently active in their field of research, and be expected to make future contributions to the field.



            Each laureate receives a certificate of merit, medal and a monetary award of 10 million yen.



  • Individuals are limited to one nomination each.
  • Institutions or organizations may make as many nomination as they can.
  • In case of multiple nominations, nominations are limited to One nominee per research theme.


Note: A nomination should be for one researcher. Keio University does not accept nominations for groups.


Nomination Materials

  • Nomination form (*can be downloaded from
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Nominee’s bibliography
  • Copy of major publications (maximum of 5, each major publication must be a separate PDF file.)


Please send all materials listed above in separate PDF format files via email to

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Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund

                  35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan


Online nomination is also available at



      Nominations for 2015 must reach the Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund by March 10, 2015.


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You are invited to participate in the 2015 R1HRDC Regional Research Contest.  The event will be held at the Alumni Center, Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, Inc. (VMUF), San Carlos City, Pangasinan on February 27, 2015, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM.


 Complementing Integrity in Health thru Standard and Quality Health Researches



This contest aims to:


  1.      Provide professional and student researches as a good avenue for health research utilization and dissemination.


  1.      Strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions.


  1.      Promote quality health researches as parameters to quality, safe and efficient health care in this increasingly difficult health condition especially the marginalized communities.


  1.      Tap potential researchers towards health both students and professional alike and bring out their maximum talents.



The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with the Gruppo Medica, Inc. (IGM) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2015 DOST-PCHRD Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine .

The Award is given to provide motivation for students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest. The award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine that can lead to practical and/or commercial applications.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of College of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nominations must be made by the students’ faculty adviser using the attached prescribed nomination form. Please take note that any alteration on the nomination form is not allowed. All nominees must submit the following requirements together with nomination form: 1. one soft and hard copies of the thesis report, 2. plant authentication certification and 3. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) certification for researches involving animals and/or Ethical clearance from an Ethics review Committee for researches involving human participants. Nominations with incomplete requirements will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries. A maximum of three (3) thesis projects are allowed per school/college.

The Gruppo Medica, Inc. will be giving a cash prize of  P 60,000 for the first prize winner (42,000 for the student, P 12,000 for the mentor and 6,000 for the school), P 40,000 for the second prize winner (28,000 for the student, P 8,000 for the mentor and 4,000 for the school) and 20,000 for the third prize winner (14,000 for the student, P4,000 for the mentor and P2,000 for the school).

Nominations should reach the consortium not later than May 22, 2015, but the consortium encourages concerned colleges/universities to submit all nominations on or before May 15, 2014 to Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) Secretariat Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga at telefax no. 077-792-3133 or 077-617-1517. Qualified nominees will be reviewed and shortlisted by the consortium before it will be forwarded to PCHRD on or before May 29, 2015.

A copy of the guidelines and nomination form will send to your respective institutions/agencies for your reference.


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