The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC), a Level 3 Accredited REC by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) is planning to conduct a 3-day Training Workshop on Principles of Health Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice via Zoom application in this month or on February 2021. This is in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the training provider.


To meet the target number of participants, the MMMH&MC RERC is looking for interested participants to join the said training, with the following objectives:

1. Apply Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Health Research Ethics Guidelines and Principles in the conduct of health research;
2. Apply the principles of national and local guidelines and regulations to the conduct of health research;
3. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved in health research; and
4. Evaluate GCP and ethical issues in health research protocols.

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The Department of Health is issuing this Call for Proposals for the 2021 AHEAD-HPSR specifically for the research priorities that are deemed necessary to be implemented on CY 2021 to support UHC commitments and other critical needs of this Department and the specific programs.

These priority topics are as follows:
1. Implementation of the Participatory Action Research;
2. Evidence Review of COVID-19 Health Technology Topics;
3. Evaluation of the Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention and Control Program;
4. Evaluation of the National Objectives for Health 2017-2022 and Baseline Survey of NOH Indicators; and,
5. Process Evaluation and Implementation Review of Executive Order (EO) No. 104, “Improving Access to Healthcare through Regulation of Prices in the Retail of Drugs and Medicines”.

Meanwhile, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage proponents to account for this new reality in the design of their research proposals. Specifically, we encourage the following approaches in drafting project implementation plans especially for those requiring field work:
(1)maintenance of minimum public health standards at all times (including the use of appropriate PPEs and implementation of other safety measures);
(2) early consultation with Local Government Units and local health officials to assess feasibility of conducting field work in their jurisdictions;
(3) tapping of local counterparts to conduct field work within their locality to minimize crossborder travel; and, (4) streamlining of team composition towards 'lean' teams.

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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.

We hope to see you online!

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You are INVITED!
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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