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The  Philippine   Council    for    Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) calls for research proposals on the nine (9) listed  topics on research ethics.

2017 -2020 Research & Development Agenda on Research Ethics

·      Benchmarking: Study of comparable standards and ethics review procedures in countries with systems or practices that can serve as models for further improvement

·      Evaluation of possible impact of revisions in the CIOMS Guidelines and Helsinki Declaration on research ethics review in the Philippines

·         Impact of the implementation of the Data Privacy Act on research ethics review in the Philippines

1.    Possible changes in the NEGHR

2.    Possible changes in ERC SOPs

·         Development of a Philippine glossary of terms used in health research (different dialects: Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Kapampangan, etc.)

·         Impact of ethics review on the quality and quantity of Philippine health research

·         Evaluation of the implementation (Operational Research) of research with IPs

1.    Genetic/ genomic research

2.    Herbal medicine studies

3.    Health Care practices (e.g., perinatal and post-natal)

·         Ethical Issues in the Engagement of Filipinos in Research

1.    Promotion of Rights and Responsibilities of Participants

2.    Knowledge of and attitudes towards the Informed Consent Process

3.    REC and Researcher KAP on vulnerability

4.    REC and Researcher KAP on Conflict of Interest

  •  Administrators KAP re ethics review and the REC
  •  Determination of Filipino Perspectives on the following;

      1.    Data management

2.    Data Privacy Act

3.    Post-research benefits

4.    Authorship and Publication

5.    Peer Review

6.    Research Misconduct

7.    Whistle blowing

PCHRD encourages interested parties to submit the full proposals online through Project Management

System http://www.projects.pchrd.dost.gov.ph and upload the following documents:

 ·         Letter of Intent

·         Curriculum Vitae of Lead Researcher

·         Profile of Institution

·         Proposal using PCHRD proposal template

Deadline of submission of proposals is every 30th of June.

For inquiries, kindly contact the Ethics Secretariat through telephone: (632) 837 75 37 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

(Source: www.pchrd.gov.ph)

 

 

 

13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers
Legazpi City, Philippines
8-9 January 2017


Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the 
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE), co-organized by Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION


Application deadline: December 8, 2017
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

             The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2017 in Legazpi City. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation for participants and meals during the workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.


Requirements for participants

                The workshop is designed for a maximum of forty (40) researchers in health sciences and health social sciences, aged 35 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. The selected draft manuscripts will be reviewed and revised during the workshop, based on the lectures and exercises, under the guidance of the faculty and mentor – facilitators. All participants are expected to present a 7-minute power point summary of their revised manuscripts on the second day of the workshop, and agree to submit the article to an appropriate scholarly peer-reviewed journal within three (3) months after the workshop.

Instructions

Applicants should e-mail the following requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 8 December, 2017

1. Application forms (incomplete forms will not be considered) 
2. Conforme slip
3. Abstracts 
4. Draft Journal Manuscripts
5. Instructions to authors (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)

Please use this subject format in your email: Application_13th Wrtieshop_(Surname)


Please save your documents in this format: Application form_(Surname), Conforme Slip_(Surname), Abstract_(Surname), Manuscript_(Surname), ITO_(Surname)

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on
 December  15, 2017.

If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ms. Rina R. Llenaresas at (052)-742-1803 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Philippine National Health Research System and Philippine National Ethics Board launches the 2017 National Ethical Guidelines for Health and Health-Related Research last August 24, 2017 at PICC, Pasay City, Metro Manila during the 11th PNHRS Week Celebration.

During the PNHRS Pre-conference session entitled, Emerging Issues in Research Ethics, Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes discussed the introduction and highlighted the new provisions to the National Ethical Guidelines for health and Health-Related Research and in the 2017

Two hundred copies of the said handbook were produced and was distributed during the launching. PHREB apologizes to attendees that due to the limited copies produced, only the accredited RECs will be given a copy and only one per institution.

PHREB guarantees that the copy of the 2017 national ethical guidelines is readily available for download at their website http://www.ethics.healthresearch.ph/ (BCHRD/Kevin Capoles)

 

The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board-Committee on Standards and Accreditation (PHREB-CSA) and Forum for Ethical Review Committee in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP) conducted a 4 day training and survey visit for PHREB Accreditation last August 13-16, 2017 at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial School, Aurora Blvd. Quezon City.

The training consists of lectures and group on topics related to PHREB visit and by a practicum on-site visit from August 15-17, 2017 at the same institution.

It was attended by six accreditation trainees including members and staff of BHCRD. The attendees were divided in to three groups. Each group was headed by a team leader from PHREB or FERCAP surveyor. Group 1 was led by Dr. Tri Wibawa, group 2, Dr. Tito Atienza and group 3 was Prof. Michael Peralta. (BCHRD/Kevin Capoles)

 

 

 

 In an effort to increase the capacity of health researchers in the region, the BCHRD will be organizing program called “Bicol Health Research Training Environment (Bicol HeaRT): Training Program for Researchers”, a scholarship program designed to capacitate researchers who have interest in conducting health and health-related researches along with the identified research priorities in the region.

 

Submitted concept notes shall be screened by a group of experts in health research and its proponents shall be accepted in the scholarship program who shall undergo a series of trainings and workshops to come up with a full blown proposal for funding of DOST-PCHRD, DOH or other funding agencies. Slots will be prioritized to applicants from member-institutions of BCHRD. Accepted scholars shall enter into a contract between the proponent, agency and BCHRD.

 

Attached the concept note format, schedules of the training/workshops and the Regional Unified Heath Research Agenda (RUHRA) 2017-2022. Please send the concept notes and the curricula vitae of the proponents (no more than 2 pages, giving emphasis on research) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For inquiries you may contact them at 742-1803 or at 09167332353.

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD FORM

 

 Every year the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V celebrate's the Regional Science and Technology Week and Bicol Regional and Invention Contest and Exhibit. As partner agency of the DOST-V, BCHRD joins in celebrating the regions biggest celebration for science and technology. One of the efforts of the consortium is to conduct a forum about the health research. This year BCHRD focus on disseminating the RUHRA and Research Dissemination on NVSP. 

RUHRA (2017 - 2022)

 

BICOL REGIONAL UNIFIED HEALTH RESEARCH AGENDA (RUHRA) 2017-2022

 

Rank

Themes

Specific topic

Rationale

1

Health services

·         Traditional birth attendants/hilot

·         Herbolarios/ traditional healers

·         Healthcare delivery in GIDA

·         Adolescent health

o    Teenage pregnancy

·         Improvement of maternal and child health

o    Risk assessment of maternal and child health

o    Evaluation of maternal and child health service delivery

o    Implementation of integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI)

o    Status of teenage pregnancy

o    Child health status from birth, preterm, low birth

·         Care for people with special needs

·         Factors affecting compliance to TB management

o    TB patients

o    Health workers (e.g. doctors, nurses, etc.)

·         Preparedness and response of the facilities for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

Address gaps in knowledge in service delivery for reproductive health, traditional medicines, and treatment of infectious diseases

2

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

·         Evacuation/camp management for health

·         Health issues/diseases related to post-disaster

·         Climate change impact on health (e.g. meteorological data and illnesses)

·         Beliefs on disasters of indigenous peoples

·         Hospital safety and readiness in disaster management

·         Capability building among community on disaster risk management

Augment the region’s knowledge and capacity in terms of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

3

Policy and governance

·         Review of policies on double compensation for government health professionals

·         Review of policies on rationalizing benefits of health researchers in academe

·         Salary scheme for health workers doing 24-hour duty

·         Effect of downgrading of LGU-owned hospitals

o    Unmet policy vis-à-vis current health facility situation

·         Hospital infection control policies

·         Feasibility study on establishing DOH-retained hospital per province

Review and assess different policies that affect quality of service delivery and human resources for health

4

Food safety and related diseases

·         Food safety concerns, practices, and implementation for establishments and ambulant vendors

·         Parasitic infections related to food and water

·         Drinking water sources and quality in relation to diarrheal diseases

Address knowledge gaps in food handling and related diseases

5

Models of rehabilitation

·         Effectiveness and applicability of models of rehabilitation

·         Health interventions for drug users (e.g. minors)

·         Substance abuse

·         Mentally ill

Determine efficient models of rehabilitation for treatment of patients of substance abuse and mental illness

6

Environmental health

·         Health hazards and effects of small-scale mining

·         Waste management

o    Healthcare waste management

o    Local technology development for disposal and treatment of hazardous waste materials of laboratories and hospitals

·         Public health risks brought by vector-borne diseases and zoonotic diseases

·         Environmental health assessments

·         Environmental sanitation and hygiene

o    Effects on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

·         Addressing occupational health hazards

o    Compensation

o    Policy

·         Compliance of hospitals to infection control

Address knowledge gap on environmental health focusing on environmental health hazards, zoonotic diseases, occupational health, and infection control

7

HIV/AIDS

·         Awareness and prevention

·         Safe blood supply

Address knowledge gap in transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS

8

Lifestyle-related diseases

·         Risk factors among younger population

·         Lifestyle changes and its effect on health among business process outsourcing (BPOs)

·         Health and wellness among industry workers (e.g. farmers, fisherfolks, etc.)

Investigate lifestyle-related diseases in relation to industries and special populations

9

Human Resources for Health

·         Ratio of healthcare professionals to clientele (e.g. hospitals, communities) and its impacts on health care delivery

·         Multi-tasking efficiency vs. workload studies

·         Streamlining of health information systems and efficiency of health workers

·         Benefits/ hazard pay for responders with salary grade 19 and above

Review programs and interventions that affect human resources for health

10

Health information

·         Factors affecting timeliness of reporting of health data to DOH

·         Information systems development for health

Address knowledge gap in health informatics

11

Mental health and psychosocial intervention

·         Promoting mental and psychosocial health

·         Addressing gender issues

Address the gap in the promotion of mental and psychosocial health

12

Health financing

·         Mapping of appropriating funds for health

·         Impact of health insurance coverage to people’s health

·         Point-of-care implementation sustainability of PhilHealth benefits

Conduct studies on health financing particularly on health insurance

13

Health technology development

·         Ethnobotany of agroforestry species in ancestral domains and indigenous peoples’ communities

·         Natural products for medical use

o    Material science

·         Drug-discovery and development for endemic plant species

·         Invention of novel and/or innovative medical equipment

·         Food packaging

o    Ready-to-cook meals for emergencies

o    Storage

Develop technologies and innovations using local resources

14

Migration and health

·         Local migration

·         International migration implications

o    ASEAN integration

o    Travel-related diseases

o    Pandemics

·         Transboundary issues on health

Determine health issues brought by migration at the local and international level

 

 

 

Picture taken during the 2017 RSTW/BRICE Exhibit

 

Picture taken during the BCHRD Forum on 2017 RSTW/BRICE

 

Hurray! Science for People

 

The consortium is now starting to establish and promote the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda for 2017 - 2022. With the help of the DOST Regional Office 5, the consortium takes the opportunity to disseminate the main goal of the agenda through the exhibits and forum. The main goal of it is to encourage the researchers to create good researches that answers the current needs of the region in terms of health. For more info about the Region's Priority for Health Research here is the link .. BICOL RUHRA (2017-2022)

The BCHRD will be joining with the science and technology community as the DOST V celebrates the Regional Science and Technology Week and the Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits on September 26-28, 2017 at the Legazpi City convention Center. The said gathering will be an opportunity for all the scientists, inventors and stakeholders to showcase their products, inventions and practices in the region. 

We are inviting everyone to join us in this celebration.


            The PNHRS has come up with the System of Monitoring and Evaluation (SoME) of the Research and Researchers, Consortium and Institution. The main goal is to help the PNHRS monitor and evaluate the research, researchers, consortium and institution’s progress in their on-going activities/ researches/projects, and to help in making it easier to determine if their activities/ researches/projects are still aligning with the Goals and Visions of the PNHRS.

The authors of the new forms in SoME are Dr. Merlita Opeña and Dr. Ophelia Saniel. They have explained that the four forms are to be used in determining the progress of each research, as well as their respective researchers. The four forms are still to be reconstructed as per suggestions of the representatives of each region. The Four Forms shall be endorsed upon revision.

 

During the DOH V Research Quarterly Meeting, BCHRD director, Prof. Michael Montealegre was invited to present the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) of Region V. The said meeting was attended by members of DOH-V research committee members and BCHRD director and staff last September 15, 2017 at the 7 degrees Grill and Restaurant, Legazpi City. 

The said meeting was conducted to create a venue for collaboration and partnership with the regional consortium and DOH V in strengthening the health researches in the region. The BCHRD represented by Director Montealegre shared to the DOH members the new program strategies such as the Bicol HeaRT and B1oSHARE.  He further presented a proposal to the DOH V entitled, " Bicol HeaRT: Bicol Regional Health Research Systems Fund Initiative" wherein BCHRD shall be calling for proposals on health services (based on RUHRA 2017-2022) while the DOH V shall provide funding of the approved proposals. 

As a strategy to encourage regional researchers and stakeholders to support health R & D activities in the region, the DOH Regional Office V provides support for regional research projects through a mechanism called the Bicol HeaRT: Bicol Health Research Training and Development Program. This initiative is recognized as a strategy to encourage and inspire researchers in the region to be actively involved in research projects involving health financing, health service delivery, and DOH programs and projects (operational research projects) while being mentored by research gurus in the field of biostatistics, research methodologies, research ethics, among others. The experience obtained from implementing simple yet relevant health research projects is expected to build up capabilities of individual researchers in designing, implementing and managing health research projects.  Once the researcher has been able to develop a track record, and given the availability of facilities, the researcher will be encouraged to apply for the larger scale research project/program grant initiative also available in DOST-PCHRD (through its Research and Development Management Division), DOST, DOH, CHED, as well as other national and international funding agencies.