The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in cooperation with Gruppo Medical, Inc. (GMI) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medical 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 Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nomination must be made by the students’ faculty adviser using the 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 the 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 institution.

The Gruppo Medica, Inc. Will be giving a cash prize of P 60,000.00 for the first prize winner (P 42,000 for the student, P 12,000 for the mentor and P 6,000 for the school), P 40,000 for the second prize winner (P 28,000 for the student, P 8,000 for the mentor and P 4,000 for the school) and P 20,000 for the third prize winner (P 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 20, 2016 but the consortium encourages concerned colleges/universities to submit all nominations on or before May 16, 2016 to the R1HRDC Secretary Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga c/o Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte with telephone number 077-617-1517 or 09308817266.

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

A Basic Training in Good Clinical Practice for Investigators and Ethics Review Committee Members co-organized by the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) and Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) was held on December 12-13, 2015 at the 5th Floor Function Hall of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH & MC), City of Batac, Ilocos Norte.

The 37 participants who attended the training are mostly Medical Practitioners, Researchers and members of Ethics Review Committee from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Northwestern University (NWU), Northern Christian College (NCC), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC).

The general objective of the training is to be able to apply Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Health Research Ethics Guidelines and Principles (HREGP) in the performance of specific research roles. The specific objective is to apply GCP and international guidelines, as well as national guidelines and regulations in the conduct of clinical research.

14 topics were discussed during the training. Dr. Marita V. Reyes, Dr. Jacinto Blas Mantaring, Dr. Lilia Valledor and Prof. Edlyn Jimenez were the main resource speakers/facilitators of the said training.

During the first day of training, Ms. Edlyn Jimenez discussed Topic #1: International Guidelines and Principles of Research Ethics, Dr. Reyes discussed Topic #2: National Guidelines and Principles, Topic #3: History and Principles of GCP and Topic #5: Role of Ethics Committee, Dr. Mantaring discussed Topic #4: Role of Investigator and Dr. Villador discussed Topic #6: Role of Sponsor and Topic #7: GCP and Audit Inspection. Exercises were given by Ms. Jimenez and Dr. Villador after all the topics were discussed.

On the second day, Dr. Mantaring discussed Topic #8: Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials, Topic #9: Ethical Issues in Observational vs. International Clinical Research and Topic #10: Vulnerability in Health Research, Dr. Valledor discussed Topic #11: SAE Reporting, Addressing Risks in Protocol Implementation and Topic #12: Conflict of Interest followed by Topic #13: Confidentiality Issues in Health Research and Topic #14: Informed Consent discussed by Ms. Edlyn Jimenez. Right after the lecture, Dr. Valledor and Ms. Jimenez administered the Workshop regarding the Research Protocol Issues followed by a post test.

The training ended with the awarding of certificates to the lecturers/speakers and participants.

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