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





1.     Improvement of Maternal Health and Nutrition

a.     Assessment of the health status of women

b.    Assessment of the KAPs of women in their Perinatal Period

c.     Effectiveness of IEC materials on maternal health care

d.    Evaluation of the maternal health service delivery

2.     Improvement of Child Health and Nutrition

a.     Assessment of the Health Status of Children

b.    Assessment of Feeding Programs in Day Care Centers (3 -6 y/o)

c.     Infant Feeding Program

d.    Review and Analysis of the Existing BEmONC/ CEmONC in terms of Facilities, human resource expertise, usage and usefulness

e.     Compliance with EPI

f.     Evaluation of the Family Planning Program


1.     Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases

a.     Mental Health

b.    Lifestyle Diseases (diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases)

c.     Trauma and Injuries

2.     Prevention of Communicable Diseases

a.     STI & HIV


3.     Herbal in Various Forms

a.     Inventory of Herbal Plants in the Bicol Region(including pictures, location, parts of the plants used, common names and uses)

b.    Preparation and Utilization of Indigenous Herbs for Common Illnesses

c.     Dosage forms of herbal medicine

4.     Functional Foods

a.        Beneficial/Potential hazards of the following:  Malunggay, Ginger, Garlic, Yakon,

Cassava and  Siling Labuyo


1.     Environment and Climate Change

a.     Health effects of Climate Change among Vulnerable Groups (Elderly & Children)

Ø  Community Development

1.     Health and sanitary Practices Among residents of resettlement Areas

2.     Health Preparedness and Capabilities during Emergencies

Ø  Waste Management

1.     Level of Implementation of Local Ordinances on Waste Management

2.     Hospital Waste Management


Ø  Technology Development

1.     Techno Verification on _______for health use.

2.     Utilization and Production of Yakon Chips as Dietary Food Supplement

Ø  Knowledge Management

1.     Adoption of Health Data Base System in the Bicol Region

2.     Surveillance of Reported Infectious Diseases









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

The Information and Education Campaign (IEC) of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist Program (BSP) and other Human Resource Development Programs was hosted in the Bicol Region by the BCHRD on September 25, 2014 at Bicol University College of Nursing Function Hall, Legazpi City.


The activity was facilitated by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) as part of the DOST’s celebration of the National Science and Technology Week, with the theme “Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges” which aimed to disseminate information on available DOST human resource development programs that would capacitate research institutions and universities, towards building a “Science Nation”. 


Its objective is to strengthen the scientific and technological human resources of academic, public and private institutions in order to accelerate the flow of technologies and stimulates the development of new strategically important technologies that are vital to national development and progress.


The resource speakers were Ma.Belen Balbuena of PCHRD and Glenda Sacbibit of  PCIERD who shared the Programs offered and the financial assistance provided, who are qualified to apply/avail the BSP, process for application, obligations and responsibilities of the parties (BSP and applicant). For more information you may access



The activity was participated by the BCHRD and the PCIERD members, faculty members and staff from health agencies of Region V. DOST director Tomas Briñas was represented by Dr. Pilita Lucena for the opening remarks, while Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya ,  SUC President IV and Chairperson of BCHRD, had delivered the  closing remarks.