The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) in collaboration with the Cebu Normal University celebrated its 3rd Annual Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference with the theme Research and Innovation: Linking Theory and Practice on May 06 – 09, 2018 at Cebu Normal University.  To kick off this event, an Amazing Race was held on May 06, 2018 at Cebu Normal University.
This is being participated by member institutions of the CVCHRD.  Joining the activity are 5 groups from the respective member institutions, namely: Southwestern University – PHINMA, Velez College, Cebu Doctor’s University, St. Paul University – Dumaguete, Cebu Institute of Technology University and Cebu Normal University.  The event started at 01:00 PM and ended at around 05:00PM.  This was a fun-filled activity, packed with 10 detour stations with challenging tasks, and mind boggling research and health-related questions.

This activity is a game which entails a sharp mind, s strong body, and a dedicated heart.  In each station, the teams are to perform a certain task, and after successfully doing it, a question will be given for the group to ponder on and to answer.  If a correct answer is given, an envelope with the clue to the next station will be given.

Of the 5 participating teams, the Engineering students of Cebu Institute of Technology University (CIT-U) arrived 1st, followed by the joint team of Cebu Normal University (CNU) and Saint Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD), and ranking third to arrive is Velez College.  The event ended with smiles on everyone’s faces and new friendships created among the participants.  Announcement and awarding of the three winning groups of the Amazing Race will be done during the closing ceremony on May 09, 2018.

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.

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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