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Author: Ma. Concepcion M. Maceres


 This year, the Philippines hosted the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health, with the help of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH), in partnership between the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED). It was held at the Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines on August 24-27, 2015.

         The target of the Forum was to identify solutions to the world’s unmet health needs through research and innovation. In particular, it aimed to provide a platform and an opportunity for low- and middle-income countries to define the global health research agenda, present solutions and partners for action.

           Over 4,000 stakeholder from the government, business, non-profit, international organizations, academic and research institutions and social entrepreneurs from different countries actively participated. There were 70 sessions that highlighted the importance of giving health solutions by building strategies through partnerships in innovation and research. Six (6) subthemes focused on Social Accountability, Increasing Investment, Country-driven Capacity Building, Food and Nutrition Safety and Security, Health in Megacities, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Aside from the sessions, there were competition on film festival, global health debates, and IT4Health and photo exhibits on varied global health issues and health intervention.

The Region V delegates to the forum was comprised of BCHRD and Philippine Nurses’ Association (PNA). Dr. Alma S. Banua, BCHRD Director led the R V delegates, who were as follows: Dr. Ma. Teresa G. de Alban- CHED (chair of RICUC), Dr. Marilou D. Tino- USANT (chair of CBC), Dr. Pilita O. Lucena- DOST (Vice Chair-RICUC), Dr. Jensy S. Ong- BMC (Vice Chair-R & D), Prof. Ida Francia H. Revale- BU (Vice Chair- ERC); committee members, Fr. Herbert M. Canar, BRTTH (ERC), Dr. Lilibeth Tubalinal- CSU (RICUC), Dr. Alvin Sario- AUL (RICUC), Dr. Marlyn Daguno- BRTTH (R&D), Dr. Aurora Daluro- DOH, (ERC) and and Ma. Concepcion M. Maceres, ERC Secretary. Likewise present were researchers of BCHRD- Prof. Ofelia E. Tam- PSU and Prof. Dennis B. Gogola- BU and Dr. Lilibeth Cajuday- BU; faculty members of member agencies of BCHRD- Dr. Annie Baylon- AUL, Dr. Pamela Sorra-AUL, Dr. Ray Ortega-USANT, Dr. Erlinda Basilla- PSU, Kuh Paterno-PSU, Jocelyn Serrano- BU, Dr. Jean Ibo-BU, Brigida Lobete-BU and PNA delegates - Prof. Alilie Gaduena (SBC), Dr. Nera Galan-BU, Prof. Nelsa Malong-DWCL, Prof. Roanne Morano-BU, and Dr. Maria Bernardita Palacio- BU.

 Region V Participants of Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health with Dr. Jaime Montoya, Director of PCHRD









Keio University Medical Science Fund is now accepting nominations for the Keio Medical Science Prize 2015. Established in 1996, Keio University annually awards the Keio Medical Science Prize to recognize researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine or life sciences.

Keio Medical Science Prize 2015


·         Nominee must have a breakthrough in the fields of medicine and life sciences, and/or related fields.

·         Nominee must have an outstanding contribution to basic and clinical medicine.



            13 selection committee members and over 60 specialists from various fields, within and outside Keio University, will select laureates through rigorous review process.



            Nominees must be currently active in their field of research, and be expected to make future contributions to the field.



            Each laureate receives a certificate of merit, medal and a monetary award of 10 million yen.



·         Individuals are limited to one nomination each.

·         Institutions or organizations may make as many nomination as they can.

·         In case of multiple nominations, nominations are limited to One nominee per research theme.


Note: A nomination should be for one researcher. Keio University does not accept nominations for groups.


Nomination Materials

·         Nomination form (*can be downloaded from

·         Nominee’s curriculum vitae

·         Nominee’s bibliography

·         Copy of major publications (maximum of 5, each major publication must be a separate PDF file.)


Please send all materials listed above in separate PDF format files via email to

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Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund

                  35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan


Online nomination is also available at



      Nominations for 2015 must reach the Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund by March 10, 2015.


For more information, visit

Office Address: 2nd Floor, Climate Change Academy Building, Bicol University, Legazpi City, Philippines

Telefax: (052)- 731-0609

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BCHRD delegates attended the PNHRS week in Plaza del Norte, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte from August 7-9, 2013. The theme “People at the Center of Health Research” was reflected in the poster of each consortium. The BCHRD’s poster portrayed the target research undertakings as strategies towards the improvement of health conditions of Bicolanos.

The PNHRS celebration was a venue for the researchers to disseminate findings for evidence based practice. Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, Chair of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium and the host of the activity enjoined everyone to interact and learn from one another to pursue the common goal of making a difference in the lives of every Filipino.

The Bicol delegation headed by BCHRD Chair Dr. Fay Lauraya with the PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya and Region 1 HRDC Chair Dr. Lourdes Otayza

[Above, the BCHRD delegation headed by Chair and Bicol University President Dr. Fay Lauraya (7th from left) with PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya (8th from left) and R1HRDC Chair and convention host, Dr. Lourdes Otayza (2nd from right).]

The BCHRD contingent was headed by the BCHRD chair and President of Bicol University, President Fay Lea Patria Lauraya. Among the delegates of the BCHRD were Director Dr. Alma Banua, the Committee chairs namely: Sandy Lasa of Ethics Review Committee, Dr. Marlyn Daguno, Research and Development Committee, Ma. Laarni Salcedo, Capacity Building Committee, and Dr. Rafaelita Lucena, Research Information, Dissemination and Utilization Committee. Also with the group were Dr. Marilou Tino and Dr Bienvenida Oliva of University of Saint Anthony, members of the CBC, Dr. Alvin Ogalesco and Prof. Joel Olfindo of Catanduanes State University, Dr. Ruben Caragay and  Dr. Teresita Yap of BU College of Medicine, Dr. Ma Clara Rubino, member of R & D and Dean of Ateneo de Naga University College of Nursing; Prof. Michael Montealegre, Faculty of BU College of Science, Ms. Mary Grace Estanislao, alumna of BU College of Nursing; Ms. Erika Mae Achaval and Ms. Cris Ann Mari Amante, alumnae of BU Polangui Campus; and Maria Vicenta Corazon Guidote, BCHRD Project Assistant.

Among the topics shared were: Indigenous Peoples Health: Research Challenges in IP Communities, Ethics in Health Research, Student and Faculty Research Competition, PNHRS Law, among others.

Ms. Estanislao, a finalist in the paper presentation for the student category, presented her group’s study titled “The Hypoglycemic Effect of Ethanolic Peel Extract of Citrus sinensis (Orange) on Male Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Albino Mice (Mus musculus).”  Other papers submitted for presentation during the convention by BCHRD were: “The Case of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Incidence in Sorsogon Bay” by Prof. Montealegre, and “Development of Moringa oleifera Seed Antibacterial Ointment” by Ms. Achaval,


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