The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC), once again proved its research capability by way of bagging awards, competing against other seventeen (17) consortia within the country during the 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS)  Week celebration held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on August 24-25, 2017.

Under the PosterExhibit Contest,the “Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome among Filipinos Seen in DOH Tertiary Hospital: A Pilot Study” with authored by Dr Ja P.Malvar and Dr Jose B. Orosa III of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, and IMCI Mobile Application as an Alternative Tool for Health Care Providers" authored by Nicole Kaye Mondero, Carl Ernestine Bayot, Angelica Barba and Miriam Ferreria of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, were awarded as 2nd place for professional and student categories, respectively.

Another remarkable grant is the Gold Award of R1HRDC Website for consistently updating the website, featuring the consortium's accomplishments, providing news and information for the public.


An extra pride for the consortium is Dr Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee Chair and R1HRDC Chair, for being the resource speaker of “Investing in the Implementation of the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022” during the plenary sessions. In addition, Ms Marcia Abadilla-Fellizar of MMMH&MC, author of the study, “Child Abuse Victims seen at MMMH&MC – Women and Child Protection Unit: An In-Dept Clinical Study” stood out for being one of the finalists in the Professional Oral Research Paper Presentation.

The success of the consortium was due to combined immeasurable team efforts of the R1HRDC personnel along with its stakeholders. The passion and dedication to research work surely help in improving the health outcome for the betterment of the community especially within the region.

To blot another year of success, the country’s health research community commemorated its 11th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week on 24-25 August 2017 at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. It is a gathering of different stakeholders in health research and development to contribute research-based solutions to health problems.
With the theme “Research and Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities,” this year’s celebration emphasizes the roles, challenges, and opportunities of health research and innovation in reaching, empowering, and transforming the Filipino communities.

Pre-conference sessions such as Ethics, Society of Health Research Communicators (SHARE) Assembly, Research Workshop, eHealth Summit, National consultation on the development of Technical Review Board Manual, meeting of various PNHRS Committees, Meeting of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia Secretariat, and Health Research and Development for Disaster Program Review were also made on 22-23 August 2017 at Hotel Jen Manila.

Plenary and parallel sessions was also made that revolved around key areas including National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Islands of Wealth and Wellness, Health of Marawi: the Psychosocial and Health Concerns of Internally Displaced Persons in areas with armed conflicts, presentation of contributed papers such as 6A: Alternative Gender-Aware Indices for Measuring Poverty: Implications for Healthcare for the Poor and Innovative Strategy Towards Sustainable Control and Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines.

This 4 day event was joined by over 1,300 participants from all over the country reaching its aim of providing a platform for the different stakeholders in health research and development to interact, learn from each other, share information and experiences, voice their concerns, and to add research-based solution to health problems.

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.

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)

Members of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A once again attended and participated in this year’s Philippine National Health Research System Week (PNHRS) Week with the theme “Research and Innovations in Health: Empowering and Transforming Communities”. PNHRS Week is celebrated every second week of August by virtue of Proclamation No. 1309. Pre-conferences were held on 22-23 August 2017 among which are the following: SHARE: Rallying Communicators for Science, Technology and Innovation in Health attended by the team of Prof. Susan Sta. Ana, Chair of HRDCR IV-A Committee on Research Utilization. SHARE stands for Society of Health Research Communicators; it is a community of communicators who share health research stories, advocacies and local and national initiatives; Emerging Issues in Research Ethics attended by the members of the Ethics Committee members; A national consultation on the development of technical review board manual for Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDC) – the development of the said manual aims to simplify the processes and documentation of the RHRDC-Research Management Committees operations while maintaining high standards, transparency and accountability.

Also included in the week’s celebration were the Inter-regional Oral Paper Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contest of completed research papers (Professional and Student Category). Dr. Norbel Tabo of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (DLSU-D) won the 1st prize in the oral research presentation for his study entitled “Prevalence of Leptospira in Abattoir Workers, Slaughtered Animals and Abattoir Environment in Cavite, Philippines”. For the student oral research presentation, the study entitled “Hypoglycemic Potential of Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner (ROBUSTA) Fruit Pulp Extract in Alloxan-induced Diabetic Rats” won the 3rd prize. The study was presented by Ms. Frances Diane P. Gelle of DLSU-D. On the other hand, a research from De La Salle Health Sciences Institute entitled “Antiangiogenic Properties of Ethanolic Extract of Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potatoes) Peeling” by Ms. Joane D. Bañez and Jannah Meara J. Baybay was chosen as finalist in the student poster category.

The event also highlighted the Consortia Exhibit that featured the RHRDC’s activities and the fellowship night which showcased the country’s rich cultural diversity depicted through dance numbers made by the members and staff of RHRDCs.