Advocating the importance of ethics in the field of health research does not stop despite health crisis. Rather, more health research have to be promoted because health research involves finding the solution to every health problem, taking into consideration the protection of human participants involved.

Hence, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) - Research Ethics Committee (ERC) conducted 2 (two) trainings related to ethics with the help of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board – Committee on Information, Dissemination, Training and Advocacy.

The first is the PHILIPPINE HEALTH RESEARCH ETHICS PORTAL (PHREP) TRAINING on September 3, 2020. The PHREP is a web-based system designed to automate the review process of Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and serves as a national repository for ethically-reviewed health researches in the Philippines. It was participated in by 19 REC members from the 8 different institutions in the region.

Another training is the BASIC RESEARCH ETHICS TRAINING on November 16-17, 2020 which aimed to: promote dialogue and provide guidance regarding ethical dimensions of research; make participants be aware of the basic ethical principles; clarify the rights and obligations of stakeholders; value international, national and institutional controls; recognize, avoid and correct common ethical issues; motivate participants towards advocating ethical researches; and achieve PHREB accreditation of RECs. It was participated in by 30 REC members from the 10 different academic and healthcare institutions.

Both trainings were conducted online to conform with the essential precautionary measures set forth by the government in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

Learn how to use HERDIN PLUS for literature search and full-text article request through the "HERDIN PLUS Online Learning" webinar on October 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Organized by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, the webinar is one of the build up activities for this year's National Science and Technology Week virtual celebration on 23 - 29 November 2020. With the theme "Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan," the event aims to highlight the contribution of science and technology (S&T) to the attainment of national development goals.

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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) invites you to be part of its Webinar Series on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. The third installment of the webinar series will be providing discussions on the Basics of Intellectual Property. This session aims to familiarize researchers and aspiring inventors with the different types of intellectual property, such as patents, utility model, industrial design and others, and how to protect them.
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About the conference

In these trying times, the work of our researchers became more important. With the theme “Mobilizing Quality Health Researches Amidst the Challenges of COVID19”, R1HRDC will hold its first virtual Regional Health Research Conference to convene professional and student researchers in the region to learn from each other’s work, to further strengthen the health research community. This conference also aims to recognize and give awards to researchers and their works with potential to address current and pressing health concerns locally and nationally.

Spearheaded by the Research Utilization Committee (RUC) of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 as the online host, the initiative was made to reach the consortium’s stakeholders during this time of global pandemic without compromising each other’s health condition.


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In light of the urgent need to find the cure/ vaccine to fight COVID-19 and other needs to address current health challenges, the impact of research is once again emphasized. Thus, the R1HRDC – Research Management Committee conducted online review and shortlisting of submitted research proposals on August 13, 2020, via google meet platform.

Eight (8) research proposals were given to the RMC members prior to the online meeting to review the technical aspects and feasibility of the proposals. Among the topics reviewed were:

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