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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

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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,


By: Dr. Alma Sorrera-Banua, Director, BCHRD


The vision of BCHRD is to conduct health and health-related researches responsive to the needs of the Bicolanos towards improved quality of life. Several strategies are being undertaken for the actualization of the vision. These are as follows: 1) Conduct proposal writeshop, 2) Technical & ethical review 3) Submit proposals for funding; other strategies are underway such as the conduct approved proposals.

Four research proposals were submitted for funding to different funding agencies. Three were submitted to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and one to BU Research and Development Center. A summary of the status of the said research protocols is show below.

Meanwhile Dennis B. Gogola of BUTC will be signing the Memorandum of Agreement between PCHRD and BUTC, for the utilization of the research fund allocated for the research “Characterization and Toxicological Evaluation of Guyabano (Annona muricata, L.) Leaf Extract”

The BCHRD is presently into a multidisciplinary research proposal that will focus on the Promotion of Maternal Health of Bicolanos: Bicol Women’s Health Research and Development Program so as to be able to submit to PCHRD additional protocols for funding. This activity will involve the different member-agencies of the consortium. The 2nd phase was held on August 19-20, 2013 at the University of Anthony, Iriga City.

The Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) conducted an Ethics Training on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at Bicol University College of Nursing, Hospital Room on June 18-19, 2013.  The General Objective of this training is to develop the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) for quality assurance.  Specifically, it aimed to: 1)Discuss the rationale for the development of SOPs; 2) Identify specific activities of the ERC that need SOPs; 3) Identify the individuals/officials/members that participate in each of these activities; 4) State the rationale and objective of each SOP; 5) Develop the flow chart of each activity, and; 6) Use the PHREB template in the documentation of each SOP.

The Resource Speakers for the said event were two members of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) Marita V.T. Reyes, M.D., Chair of the National Ethics Committee and Co-Chair), and Cecilia V. Tomas M.D., who was a resource Speaker during the BCHRD Basic Training on Health Ethics in 2012, is Chair of its Subcommittee on Standards and Accreditation.

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The event was attended by the same participants who had undergone the BCHRD Basic Training on Health Research Ethics in 2012, who were from the different member agencies of BCRHD. They Marlyn A. Daguno, Dr. Salvacion S. Macinas, Dr. Gabriel R. Peñas and Ramil O. Juloc from Bicol Regional Traning and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), Alvin C. Ogalesco from Catanduanes State University (CSU), Fr. Tirso P. Elopre and Dr. Heriberto B. Fornoles from Bicol Medical Center (BMC), Pilita O. Lucena from Department of Science and Technology (DOST V), Ida Francia H. Revale, Jean Annette S. Ibo, Charmaine A. Malonzo, and Richard L. Bartolata from Bicol University (BU), Sandy C. Lasa, Virginia C. Reyes, and Nenette L. Abrigo from Universidad De Sta Isabel, Dr. Aurora Teresa M. Daluro from Department of Health (DOH), Alma S. Banua (BCHRD Director), Marie Jeanne Berroya, PCHRD-DOST (Regional Project Officer for Region V) and Ruben C. Alcazar  Jr. (PHREB Secretariat), and the BCHRD secretariat composed of Ms. Maria Vicenta Corazon B. Guidote, Joemar N. Asiado and  Daphne E. Orr.

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The 2-day training consisted on lectures and workshops. Among the topics discussed were: The PHREB Accreditation Program and Policies, Review of ERC Functions & Overview of SOP Sections, Revisiting the Review, After Review Processes, Documentation and Archiving, and Issues and Challenges.  The workshops consisted of the drafting of SOPs for the different regular activities undertaken by an ethics board.


The training ended with a determined note on the part of the participants to finalize the requirements needed to establish Ethics Review Committees in their own institutions.  For their part, the resource speakers promised to go over the various SOPs submitted during the workshop and to be returned back to the participants.



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