Call for Papers

14th National Forum on Health Research for Action

Manila, Philippines

October 16-17, 2013



Theme:           “Ugnayan Pangkalusugan para sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan- Partnerships in Evidence”

The Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau, Department of Health will be conducting the 14th National Forum on Health Research for Action (NHRFA) on October 16-17, 2013 to be held in Manila, Philippines. The forum aims to showcase the current studies that will show the progress of implementing KP, done at the different levels of the health system and among partners in the health sector. The DOH recognizes the importance of partnerships in research to build more evidence to attain the objectives of KP. By forging partnerships, we can mark the accomplishments of KP experienced in the different levels of the health system and among partners in the health sector and its noteworthy implications to the public policy.


Authors are invited to submit research studies/papers for presentation in the forum. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the DOH KP thrusts:


  • Health Care Financing
  • Access to Quality Facilities
  • Attainment of MDGs



  1. Submit an abstract (300-500 words) and/or executive summary (2-3pages) to:

Email:             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office:           Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau

2nd F/Bldg. 3, San Lazaro Compound

Depatment of Health, Sta. Cruz, Manila

2. The Executive Summary must include the following: a) Introduction/ Rationale ; b) Objective of the Study ; c) Research Questions ; d) Sampling and     Methodology ; e) Results and Findings ; f) Conclusions and Recommendations

3. Include the following additional information relative to your submission: a) name; b) position/profession; c) office; d) contact numbers and address; e) year study           started and completed; f) key terms

4. Deadline for submission of abstracts/executive summary is on September 20, 2013.

5. Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the Selection Committee with the following criteria:

  • Aligned with the thrusts of KP and its measurement
  • Present accomplishments, progress and best practices for KP
  • Results has implications to public policy
  • Results/recommendations has an effect on health outcomes/goals
  • Scientific soundness of research methodology

6. Notice of acceptance will be sent out on or before September 27, 2013.





For other details, please contact:

Ms. Nita R. Valeza

Phone:           711-5377; 651-7800 local 1328

E-mail:            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“When we use people-centered approach in our programs and initiatives, we show people that they are important, that they are the lifeblood of everything that we do. We show them that we are here, all partners in the health research community, to produce meaningful solutions to improve their lives” read Dr. Amelia P. Guevarra,, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, the supposed speech of Secretary Mario G. Montejo on the opening ceremonies of the 7th Philippine National Health Research Systems Week at Plaza del Norte, Ilocos Norte, August 7-9.

This year’s celebration was themed “People at the Center of Health and Health Research”thus the relation of what Sec. Montejo said in his speech on becoming people centered. He further elaborated that the people-centered approach focused on “listening to people, respecting them, allowing them to make informed decisions, and involving them in crafting realistic and meaningful policies and actions”. Sec. Montejo stressed that the country is assured with better and more efficient health care delivery and services and also prompt and appropriate response to Filipinos needs. It was also mentioned that the Philippines will be hosting the Global Forum for Health Research in 2015.

According to Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium chair, the said celebration was aimed for the different stakeholders in health to interact, share information, voice concerns, and contribute research-based solutions to health problems.

The three-day event featured activities on Indigenous People’s Health, National Peer Review and health system shapers seminars, plenary sessions, Consortia staff meeting, research paper oral and poster exhibit competition for student and professional categories and fellowship night. The delegates were a blend of employees, teachers, students, and key officials from various health and research institutions belonging to the different regions in the Philippines.

Call for Research Competition Entries: Oral Paper Presentation and Poster Exhibit


(Professional Category)


The Research Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contest for the Professional Category are open to all the member-institutions of Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC).   Submitted research project can be those studies funded by the PNHRS (PCHRD-DOST; DOH; CHED and UP Manila); the member-institutions of RHRDCs and/or other local and international funding institutions.   All entries that passed the review/evaluation of the RHRDCs should be endorsed by the consortium chair to the PCHRD, as the lead convenor for the PNHRS.  Deadline for submission of regional entries to PCHRD is on/or before June 15, 2013.  Respective winners will be announced during the 7th PNHRS Week Celebration on August 7-9 2013.  The mechanics for each of the following activities are as follows:



1. There will be a plenary session for the presentation of the qualified research projects.

2. Review and evaluation of all submitted regional entries will be facilitated by PCHRD.               Technical review and evaluation will be composed of content and methodology experts.

3.A total of six (6) completed papers will be selected for presentation.  Qualified research projects will be selected based on the following set of criteria:

3.1  A completed research project within the last 3 years, but not featured in the                        previous PNHRS fora;

3.2  Provides solution to priority health problems identified in the NUHRA/RUHRA;

3.3  Technically and ethically sound;

3.4  Research results provided new ideas/knowledge leading to health policies and action.

3.5  The output, outcome and the impact of the study have relevant contribution to society and economy.

4. For the screening process, a copy of the completed paper including abstracts shall be submitted to the RHRDC.

5.Research papers which were not considered for oral research presentation may qualify in the Poster Exhibit Contest.



  1. Research should be aligned with the NUHRA and/or RUHRA.
  2. Initial review of regional entries will be done by the PCHRD and identified technical experts (content and methodology expert)
  3. Final review and evaluation of all qualified regional entries will be facilitated both by the  PCHRD and R1HRDC designated member/s.

Refer to attached exhibit guidelines for selected research project/s for the Poster Exhibit Contest.


  1. All finalists will receive PhP2,000.00 each.
  2. Winners for each of the following categories will receive a  cash prize as follows:


First Prize        :  PhP15,000.00

Second Prize  :  PhP12,000.00

Third Prize     :  PhP10,000.00



First Prize        :  PhP10,000.00

Second Prize   :  PhP  7,000.00

Third Prize      :  PhP  5,000.00



(Student Category)

Student Research Competition

  1. The student research presentation is set for August 07, 2013.
  2. Those that will not be selected for presentation may qualify in the poster exhibit competition.

Research Presentation Entries

  1. Research is aligned with NUHRA and/or RUHRA.
  2. The project was completed within the last year.
  3. The consortium may consider research entries from institutions within or outside the consortium.
  4. For the screening process, titles of research with abstracts shall be submitted to PCHRD on/or before June 15, 2013.


  1. A selection committee specific to student researches will be formed to evaluate submissions from the regional consortia.
  2. In consideration of the maximum number of researches which can be presented in a session, the Committee will select from among the submissions the researches for presentation and for poster exhibit.



(Student and Professional Category)



  • The poster should include the following identifying information:
    • Name or title of research or project
    • Complete institution or author address
    • Telephone or contact numbers or email
  • It should give a brief description of the research in layman’s language
  • It should cite reasons why such project was developed or why the study was conducted; the study’s potential benefits in terms of its impact on health and quality of life, science or technology contributions or socio-economic benefits.
  • The poster may exhibit the highlight of the study in picture or colored presentation (not smaller than 16”x20”)
  • Graphical and other   appropriate presentations may also be included.


  • One poster panel will be allowed per entry.
  • Poster size should be 2 feet width by 4 feet height. Use of illustration board or  tarpaulin  is recommended.



  • Participants are expected to bring their own adhesives and other mounting materials to ensure that the posters stay in place during the duration of the exhibit.



  • Entries must be submitted to        Consortium Chair C/o CVHRDC

Deadline of Entries                          June 15, 2013,

  • Setting Up of Exhibits                    August 06, 2013

Time:  TBA

Venue:  Plaza del Norte Hotel

  • Poster Exhibits                               August  7-9,  2013    8:00 am-5:00 pm

  • Judging                                          August  8, 2013      12:00 -2:00 pm

Participants are expected to be present for

interview of the judges. Entries will be

judged according to the attached criteria.

  • Awarding                                        August  9, 2013

Venue: Plaza del Norte Hotel




(Professional Category)




  • Originality of idea and appropriateness   of methodology                        20%
  • Potential for the creation of new or advancement of                            20%

knowledge and evidence of benefit to the area covered by the research

  • Provides solution to identified priority  health problems                         15%

( regional and national)

  • The anticipated outputs, outcomes and impacts                                 20%

of the proposed research, including potential

contribution to economy and social benefits



  • Presentation  (over-all impact on the audience,                                 10%

understandability, concise reporting within given


  • Format presentation (clear description of the                                     10%

research; follows given format)

  • Researchers’ salesmanship  (knowledge on the project,                         5%

communication skills)                                                                     _______







(Student Category)




  • Originality of idea and appropriateness of methodology              20%
  • Potential for the creation of new or advancement                    20%

of knowledge and evidence of benefit to the

area covered by the research

  • The anticipated outputs, outcomes and impacts                       25%

of the proposed research, including potential

contribution to economy and social benefits,

use of indigenous materials



  • Presentation  (over-all impact on the audience,                        10%

understandability, concise reporting within given


  • Format presentation (clear description of the                            10%

research; follows given format)

  • Researchers’ salesmanship  (knowledge on the                          15%

project, communication skills, answers to judges’ queries)






(Student and Professional Category)


I. TECHNICAL CRITERIA                                                                                70%

S&T IMPACT ON HEALTH/QUALITY OF LIFE                         40%

  • Provides new, knowledge, information, technologies, methods,             10%

processes and/or products for prevention, detection, treatment

and control of health problems and rehabilitation of victims

  • Provides long term solution to the priority health problems of                 10%            Regional and national importance
  • Improves quality of services directed to specific population groups          10%               such as those undeserved or least served sectors
  • Serves as catalyst for other investigations                                            10%


  • Results to savings, e.g.,   reduced healthcare cost and maximizes                                allocation /utilization of health resources                                             10%
  • Encourages multi-sectoral collaboration                                               15%
  • Research product has potential for commercialization                            5%

II. POSTER PRESENTATION                                                                               30%

  • Message delivery (understandability, use of simple/layman’s                      10%

language, public appeal, overall impact on the reader)

  • Color, design, and style (creativity, attractiveness)                                 10%
  • Proponent’s salesmanship (product knowledge,                                     10%

communication skill)                                        _______


Male testosterone decreases during fatherhood, study says

The intensive demands of parenting require huge adjustments from both parents. However, the study, Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, suggests that men undergo extra adjustment to cope better with child rearing. Encompassing three generations of participants in Cebu from the 1980’s up to the present, the survey collected data on various aspects of human health and nutrition including, reproductive health and sexuality.

During the presentation of the results of the study at the Department of Health (DOH) 13th National Health Forum for Action, Dr. Nanette Lee-Mayol, Research Associate at the University of San Carlos (USC) - Cebu City, shared that the level of testosterone in men is affected by courtship, marriage and subsequent fatherhood.

Researchers measured morning and evening salivary testosterone level of the 624 single, adult male participants. Baseline data were first collected in 2005. The test was repeated after four years in 2009 when some of the participants were already married. Study showed that levels of morning and evening salivary testosterone of men who became fathers declined by 26% and 34%, respectively, whereas single non-fathers only experienced a decrease of 12% and 14% in their respective morning and evening testosterone level. Researchers also discovered that the men who spend most time with their kids are likelier to get lower testosterone levels than the others. These fathers whose youngest child was less than a month old experienced the most drastic decline in testosterone levels. Dr. Mayol revealed, “The more involved you are in taking care of the children, especially the very young ones, the lower your testosterone.”

Though there were researches made on primates showing similar results, no other paper has been published yet that links child rearing with decline in testosterone in human males until the Cebu longitudinal study. The study was the first to conclusively connect child rearing to lowered testosterone levels in men.

While traditionally, child rearing has always been designated solely as a woman’s responsibility, the study proves otherwise. The researchers explained that while high testosterone ensures mating success in men, the steep decline in testosterone level showed that men are innately wired to actively help in the child rearing.  Dr. Mayol stressed, “Testosterone is often high during mating periods but then declines to allow for caregiving of the resulting children.”


Created on Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:28
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:28
Written by Richmond Q. Acosta

Medical informatics, biobanks and genomics research enriches evidence-based medicine, says expert


With certain genetic type involved in heart disease in Filipinos, you can get some idea of which molecular targets should be good for the development of new drugs,” said Ms. Ma. Luisa Daroy, Scientist I, Research and Biotechnology Division of the St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) during the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) Research Forum for World Heart Day last October 10, 2012 at the Adamson University.

The genetic uniqueness of each individual is reflected in the different signs of heart disease in a patient. Knowing one’s genetic profile provides deep insight into the biological dynamics of heart disease which can guide the doctors in managing their patients.

"In a disease-focused research, the key component is a combination of medical informatics, systematized specimen archiving, and genetic profiling,” explained Dr. Daroy.

To determine the genetic profile of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients observed at the Heart Institute in SLMC, the Genomics and Cardiovascular Medicine Initiative (GCMI) of SLMC embarked on a long-term program of research that covers Cardiovascular Disease Information System (CVDIS), GCMI Biobank and CVD Genomics Research.

"We integrated this to facilitate our genetic variation profiling where genomics work in response to the lack of genetic data on Filipinos in the web. If we look at the genetic data on the internet, you will see that it is really voluminous and there are very large scale efforts to document the genetic variations in different population. But sadly for Filipinos, it is very sparse,” reported Ms. Daroy.

To address the situation, the SLMC created the first component of this integrated approach which is the CVDIS. This involves the electronic archiving of patient information, clinical symptoms, laboratory results, treatment regimes and clinical outcomes. This informatics accompanies the systematic collection of blood samples from patients who were examined at SLMC for coronary artery disease (CAD).

According to Ms. Daroy, researchers isolated serum, plasma and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from the blood samples of patients. Specimen quality is assessed periodically to ensure its usefulness for research.

“Our patients were required to sign informed consent prior to enrolment in the GCMI Biobank. We have several review process. All patients were made to understand that they can withdraw their samples from the Biobank at any time,” clarified Ms. Daroy.


Patient DNA is then analyzed for genetic variations, specifically single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in several genes that have been previously reported to be associated with CAD. Allele and genotype frequencies are calculated and usefulness of a SNP as risk factor for CAD is assessed statistically. Researchers used TaqMan Genotyping System which is a faster, cheaper and more efficient way of doing the genotyping.

Ms. Daroy said, “This is an initial report on the first genomics data generated on Filipinos with CAD. This patient-centered strategy for research produces a wealth of information that enriches evidence-based medicine with previously unforeseen options for health promotion, preventive care, risk reduction and appropriate cure.”

Written by Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal

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