Legazpi City --- April 21, 2018. Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) RICUC Committee meeting held its 2nd Quarter Meeting on April 20, 2018.

The meeting was participated by the RICUC Chair - Maria Teresa De Alban, Vice Chair - Pilita Lunena and introducing the new member of the committee, Ms. Lorraine Estadilla.

The meeting started on revisiting the strat plan and operations plan and its status and its achievement as of date for the RICUC team. After revisiting and planning the activities of the strat plan, the chair presented the new contest guidelines of the PCHRD which was launched during the PCHRD Anniversary. The primary purpose of the contest is to have an impact on health research by providing credible and invaluable website contents to general public and the scientific community.

The committee also discussed the changes in the website and things needed to be done. Some of the strategies of the consortium is to require every member institution to submit health research undertakings and translate completed research into informative info for dissemination or visual abstract. It was also noted during the meeting the formulation of Bicol Health Research Communicators which will help on producing news articles, video presentation, and other audio visual presentation.

The meeting ended with determination and hoping that the BCHRD will win the contest.

MMHRDC 2nd International Symposium
"Food Fortification in Universal Healthcare"

When: May 24-25, 2018
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, M. Adriatico cor. Malvar St., Malate, Manila, Philippines

General Objective:
To highlight collaborative partnerships in health researches.

Specific Objectives:
To showcase research work on food fortification in Universal healthcare.
To provide a venue for international exchange of ideas and research findings.
To provide a safe and encouraging venue for young researchers to be exposed to high quality research and science.

The Symposium will feature speakers from Malaysia, Thailand and USA, as well as many of our local experts who are known internationally.

A Research Competition will also be held. There will also be a photo contest which should follow the theme of the Symposium. For the mechanics and the registration forms, please message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Review suggests coffee and tea drinkers might have a lower risk of developing cardiac arrhythmias. Drinking coffee and tea every day may actually benefit people with heart troubles. New research has linked caffeine consumption from the two popular drinks to decreased rates of arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

But the researchers warn against the consumption of energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine for anyone with a pre-existing heart condition.

Arrhythmias cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly. Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages.

“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said Dr. Peter Kistler, director of electrophysiology at Alfred hospital and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. “Our extensive review of the medical literature suggests this is not the case.”

Researchers reviewed 11 major international studies involving 360,000 people and found caffeine had no effect on ventricular arrhythmias.

The analysis suggests caffeine intake of up to 300 milligrams a day may be safe for patients with arrhythmias. This equates to roughly three cups of coffee.

But there may be individual differences in susceptibility to the effects of caffeine on the factors which trigger arrhythmias in some, the researchers noted.

“Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea may have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” Kistler said. “In numerous population-based studies, patients who regularly consume coffee and tea at moderate levels have a lower lifetime risk of developing heart rhythm problems and possibly improved survival.”

The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Original article © The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/17/caffeine-might-help-people-with-heart-troubles-research-says)

The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) is invites proposals for the 3rd Annual Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference. With the theme, "Research and Innovations: Linking Theory and Practice," the event will be on 7-9 May 2018 at Cebu Normal University, Osmeña Blvd., cor. R. Landon St., Cebu City. Each institution may submit a maximum of three (3) research papers for each entry: (1) Professional Podium Presentation, (2) Student Undergraduate Podium Presentation, (3) Professional Poster Exhibit, and (4) Student Undergraduate Poster Exhibit. The full copy of the guidelines can be downloaded here.

Every year, CVCHRD brings together health R&D stakeholders in the region to share information and address mutual challenges.

To help the members and potential members of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) understand the basic principles in research ethics, the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) Committee on Ethics headed by Dr. Anacleta Valdez conducted the Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) on March 21-22, 2018 at The Lake Hotel, Tagaytay City, Cavite.

The activity specifically aimed to perform the following:

1. To dialogue and guide participants regarding the moral dimensions of research.

2. To help participants conduct or review ethical research

3. To sensitize participants regarding basic research ethics concepts

4. To help participants apply these ethical concepts: avoid, recognize, correct ethical issues

5. To describe to participants the different controls for research ethics, focusing on the Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB).

6. To motivate participants to do and advocate quality ethical research.

The speakers of this two-day activity were Dr. Rhodora Estacio and Dr. Angelica Francisco from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). It was attended by 28 representatives from HRDCR IV-A member-institutions.

The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), the duly created board that oversees the establishment and management of Research Ethics Committees in the country, recently conducted an Accreditation Training with the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board (REMB) Region XI. The accreditation training was headed by Dr. Marita VT. Reyes and Dr. Milagros M. Viacrucis last April 12 and 13, 2018 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. One of the main objectives of the training is to capacitate the REMB XI members as well as selected participants to become future accreditors in the region.

The Chairperson of REMB XI, Dr. Alvin S. Concha, welcomed the participants and trainers and briefly described the creation of the REMB in the region. Through DOST Special Order No. 248 s.2017, three regions, including Davao Region, were selected as pilot sites in the creation of REMB to support the tasks of PHREB.

There were three institutions who applied for PHREB accreditation and were comprehensively evaluated following the accreditation process of PHREB. In the future, the trainees may apply their learning experiences to their respective Research Ethics Committees to improve its operation and activities.

by: Mabel Diana M. Calipes

Last March 23, 2018, the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) – Research Utilization Committee organized the Regional Research Conference with the theme: “R1HRDC Bolstering People’s Quality of Life through Health Research” in Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. The conference aimed to (1) Provide a platform for professionals and students for health research dissemination and utilization; (2)Strengthen collaboration between researchers and institutions; (3)Communicate skills and updates on data knowledge and management; and (4)Support, encourage and nurture scholarly work of student and professional researchers.

Below are the list of winners for the research contest. 

POSTER COMPETITION – PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

 

Study Title

Authors

Institution

1ST Place

Apigenin, A Flavonoid from the Leaves of Coleus blumei Benth. (Lamiaceae) “Mayana” Active Against Vancomycin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

 

Gerard Q. de Guzman

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

2nd Place

Unlocking the Closet: Challenges and Coping Strategies of Single Bisexual Fathers Related to Child Health Care

 

King Daven N. Balmores, et.al

Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU)

3rd Place

Clinical Teaching Guide for First Time Fathers During Labor and Delivery

 

Maridel P. Tomas

Northwestern University

 

ORAL COMPETITION – PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

 

Study Title

Authors

Institution

1ST Place

Chemopreventive Activity of Makopa (Syzygium samarengense Fam. Myrtaceae) Leaf Extract against MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Lines

 

Pamella Jade S. Martinez, et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

2nd Place

Free Radical Scavenging Activity of the Polyherbal mixture of Breadnut (Artocarpus camansi Fam. Moraceae), Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Fam. Annonaceae) Leaf Extracts using In Vitro Models

 

Rowella May M. De Luna et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

3rd Place

Ex situ micropropagation of Alocasia Atropurpurea Engler, an endemic and critically endangered species in the Cordillera

 

John Paul M. Payopay, et.al

Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU)

 

POSTER COMPETITION – STUDENT CATEGORY

 

Study Title

Authors

Institution

1ST Place

Calcium Oxalate Reduction of Crude Ethanolic Extracts of Avocado (Persea Americana) and Lemongrass (Cymbopogan citratus) Leaves

 

Hannah D. Flores et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

2nd Place

Neuroprotective Activity of Lubigan (Acorus Calamus Fam; Acoraceae) Rhizome Extract in the Management of Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Jeanne Pauline R. Mabutas, et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

3rd Place

Antifungal and Bacterial Properties of Momodrica Charantia (Ampalaya) Leaf Extract

 

Andreina Celine Mari S. Abara et.al

University of Northern Philippines (UNP)

 

ORAL COMPETITION – STUDENT CATEGORY (MEDICAL)

 

Study Title

Authors

Institution

1ST Place

Factors for Tuberculosis Treatment Relapse Among Patients Previously Taking Category I Standard Tuberculosis Treatment Regimen in Selected Municipalities of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

 

Noli A. Cabildo, et.al

University of Northern Philippines (UNP)

2nd Place

Capability of Dental Mouth Mirror Tie in Air and Water Turbine Handpiece

Arje M. Eleria

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

3rd Place

Utilization of Milk Fish Bone and Canistel in Making Nuggets

 

Mariella R. Matudio, et.al

Pangasinan State University (PSU)

 

ORAL COMPETITION – STUDENT CATEGORY (HERBAL)

 

Study Title

Authors

Institution

1ST Place

Antiproliferative Property of Bryophyllum Pinnata (Lam.) Oken. Leaf Extract on Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines

 

Ukoba Obatavwe, et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)

2nd Place

The Analgesic Effcetiveness of Piper Betle L. (Piper Betle) and Jathropa Curcas L. (Purging Nut Tree) Liniments for Arthritic Pain

 

Parida Joy C. Carpio, et.al

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)

3rd Place

Antidepressant effect of Aqueous and Ethanolic Leaf Extract of Suha (Citrus maxima: Rutaceae) in Albino Rats

 

Alejandro R. Ferrer, et.al

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

(VMUF)


Also, prior to the research contest was the dissemination forum of the two (2) DOST-PCHRD-R1HRDC funded research projects as follows:

  1. Cancer Chemopreventive Activity of the Characterized Bioactive Alkaloid Extract from Sorgum Bicolor, Project Leader: Dr. Jimmy G. Catanes
  1. Anti-Thrombocytopenic Activity of Formulated Papaya (Carica Papaya) and Guava (Psidium Guajava) Capsule on Sprague Dawley (RattusNorvegicus) Rat, Project Leader: Mr. Holden Kirby M. Valdez

 

Furthermore, there were three (3) parallel sessions conducted during the day, as follows:

  1. Updates on Data Knowledge and Management, Speaker: Dr. Edelyn A. Cadorna, Unit Research Coordinator - DMNS University of Northern Philippines
  1. Tips in Writing for Publication in Refereed Journal, Speaker: Dr. Cynthia P. Lopez – Vice President for R&D, Lyceum Northwestern University
  1. RUC CARE Promoting the Dissemination & Utilization of Research Outputs, Speaker: Dr. Mercita Q. Queddeng – R1HRDC Research Utilization Committee Chair
  2.  

The event was attended by more than 300 students and professional researchers, member institutions, health practitioners and other stakeholders of R1HRDC.

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