The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the search for the BEST MENTOR in HEALTH RESEARCH AWARD for the year 2017.

This award aims to recognize the excellence in mentorship that instills passion among researchers, redounding to enhance relevance and productivity in health research.It also aims to reward mentors in health research who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector and and in the process, propelled significant advances in the Philippine National Health Research System's (PNHRS) thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).

The search is open to all Filipino Citizen, at least a holder of master's degree, actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least five (5) years, has a good tract record as a researcher in terms of publication,product development of policy formulation,professionally involved in health research activities either as a research program/project leader, principal and co-principal investigator,mentor/adviser/trainer, or author/co-author and actively involved in health research activities such as conduct of research training and extension work, paper presentations, fund generation,research promotion and networking,research agenda setting and capacity-building activities.

Winners are ineligible for subsequent nominations.

The deadline for submission of entries is not later than February 20, 2017 to the R1HRDC (Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium) secretariat Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga at telefax no. (077) 792-3133 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Qualified nominees will be reviewed and shorlisted by the consortium before it will be forwarded to PCHRD.

A copy of guidelines and recommendation form were sent to your respective institution/agencies for your reference.

To properly plan for the upcoming activities for CY2017, a year-end program was conducted by the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) on December 9, 2016 at the Hotel Veniz, Abanao St., Baguio City. This was attended by the chairs and members of the different committees headed by Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, chairman and Dr. Leo B. Solis, co-chair. Among those said chairmen who participated were Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, of the Research and Development Committee (R&D), Dr. Unity H. Cortez of the Capability Building Committee (CBC), Dr. Hilarion H. Maramba Jr., for Ethics Review Committee (ERC), and Dr. Mercita Queddeng for Research and Development (PCHRD) also attended the program.

The consortium reviewed the CY2016 accomplishments and after which a presentation of committees Work and Financial Plan for CY2017, updates about strategic planning, and top 10 shortlisted research proposal, which were the highlight of the program was done.

R&D chairs and members announced finally the following top 8 among the research proposals presented, to be endorsed to Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for possible funding:

Rank  Title of Study Project Leader Implementing Agency

Anti-OmpC (Outer Membrane Protein C) Antibodies of Potential Biomakers of Colorectal Carcinoma

Mr. Allan Fellizar Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC)
2nd Contingent Valuation Study in the Mitigation and Adaptation of Climate Change: An Approach Towards Improving Human Health Mr. Jam Ramel Tumbaga Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF)
3rd Profile and Outcome of Transported Neonates to MMMH&MC, a 3 year Retrospective study (2013-2016) Ms. Eunik Siazon Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC)
4th Functional Outcome of Cerebrovascular Accident Patient in Region 1 Ms. Maria Lyn Cortez Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF)
5th Perceptions of Corporate Culture at Various Levels in Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center Dr. Marvin Munar Ilocos Traning and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC)
6th Responsiveness of Health Delivery System of Region 1 Dr. Marlou Savella University of Northern Philippines (UNP)
7th Correlation of Oral Health Status and Quality of Life: An Epicemiological Study among Senior Citizen of Island Community   Dr. Cherrilleen Gabiola Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU)
8th Correlation of Interdialytic Weigh Gain and Intradialytic Hypotension: Basis for Interventions to Manage Hypotension among Dialysis Patients  Dr. Judith Manuel Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU)


The year-end program also served as the venue where the members bonded together and celebrated the seasons of Christmas.

A three-day training on Technical report Writing was conducted by the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Capability Building Committee (CBC) last November 8-10, 2016 at the Hotel Veniz, Baguio City.

The training course objectives for the participants were successfully attained at the end of the traning as follows : (a) to be able to differentiate technical writing from creative writing (b) to know the general guidelines in writing the different parts of a technical paper (c) to know the different methods of referencing (d) to be exposed to the requirements of various editorial bodies in publishing the research report in medical journals; and (e) to know the general guidelines in making an oral presentation of a technical report.

Dr. Ophelia Mendoza, a former professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was the training's learning provider. Dr. Mendoza assisted the committee to capacitate more the researchers in the region in coming up with a meaningful and quality research papers through her proficiency and experience in doing tremendous researches.

Participants who attended the training were from Northwestern University (NWU), Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC), University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Ilocos Training and Region Medical Center (ITRMC), Don Mariano Marcos State University (DMMMSU), Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH) and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF). Most of the participants completed the series of workshop/training conducted by the CBC, from the Training Course on Basic Research Methods, Training on Data Analysis up to the Training on Technical Report Writing.

As per training evaluation of participants, they requested the committee to continue their plans to support researchers to develop their ability in doing meaningful research projects.

As part of the plan of Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) this year, the conduct of 2017 Operational Planning was held on October 25,2016 at the Board Room of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, City of Batac Ilocos Norte in conjunction with the 3rd Management Committee meeting.

Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Chairman R1HRDC, Dr. Leo B. Solis, Vice Chairman R1HRDC, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Chairman on Research and Development Committee (R&D), Dr. Mercita Queddeng, Chairman on Research and Utilization Committee, Ms. Lucila Roja and Ms. Samantha Sevilleno both from Philippine Council on Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and other R1HRDC members from different institutions/agencies attended the said activity.

Before the conduct of the highlight of the said Operational Planning, which is the Work and Financial Plan for CY2017. The following representatives from different institutions presented their reports and studies. Ms. Sevilleno on the Balik Scientist Program of the PCHRD, followed by the presentation of Regional Research Fund (RRF) progress report by Dr. Ja P. Malvar on his study entitled " Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Filipinos: A Pilot Study, Ms. Marcia A. Fellizar on her study entitled "Child Abuse Victim Seen at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center-Women and Child Protection Unit: An In-Depth Clinical Study, Mr. Jimmy G. Catanes on his study entitled "Cancer Chemopreventive Activity of the Characterized Bioactive Alkaloid Extract from Sorgum bicolor and Mr. Holden Kirby Valdez on his study entitled "Anti-Thrombocytophenic Activity of Formulated Papaya (Carica papaya) and Guava (Psidium guajava) Capsule on Sprague Dawley (Rattus norvegicus) RAT. Afterwhich, the group conducted the committee performance assessment and work planning.

The event ended successfully with the presentation of each committee's planned activities for CY2017.

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) chairman Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza and Capability Building Committee chairman Dr. Unity H. Cortez attended the recently held Department of Health (DOH) 16th National health Research Forum for Action (NHRFA) last September 16, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City with the theme, "Laying the Foundation for Stronger Research Translation", together with different individuals involve in health research.

The forum focused on two key themes, namely, Knowledge Translation and Mining and Visualization of Data as means to facilitate transfer of knowledge gained from public health and health system researches.

The DOH-NHRFA has been working to emphasize and strengthen the translation and use of research and evidence, as well as improve discourse on health research and policy development.

The NHRFA is annual event which started in the year 2000 and serves as an avenue to gather, present and discuss the latest evidences in health systems research. It is the goal of the forum to direct the translation of evidences into definitive actions for a better health system. It is attended by policy-makers and implementers, including stakeholders in the government sector, academe, private sector, development partners and civil society.

Once again, the health research community celebrated the 10th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week last August 8-11, 2016 at the City State Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan with the theme “Research and Innovation for Health and the Environment.” Hosted by the MIMAROPA Health Research and Development Consortium (MHRDC), said celebration includes the following activities: workshops, pre-Conference sessions, parallel sessions, opening program and fellowship night. There were more than five hundred (500) participants attended of the remarkable event, most of whom were researchers, professionals and students, academe and medical practitioners.

In line with this, the participation of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) in the  Inter-regional Poster Exhibit Contest (Professional and Student Category), Consortiums’ Poster and Cluster Presentation is crucial. Therefore, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Chairman, R1HRDC  witnessed and participated the said  event together with her Co-Chairs Dr. Leo B. Solis, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Dr. Unity H. Cortez, Dr. Hilarion Maramba and Dr. Mercita Queddeng with the presenters Mr. Jimmy Catanes and Dr. Ma. Rosita Quitola.

During the opening program, the R1HRDC received a special award from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) as the 2nd Place in Best Website Maintenance. In addition to this award, the paper entitled “The Efficacy and Safety of Spirulina Supplementation in the Treatment of Iron Defficiency Anemia in Preschool-Age Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial” of Dr. Maria Rosita Quitola from Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center won the 2nd Place in Poster Exhibit Contest. Moreover, we brought home the crown as 1st Place in Cluster Presentation.


Congratulations R1HRDC!

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