DOST RO2- CVHRDC successfully conducted the three-day workshop on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) among the Research Ethics Committee heads in the region on October 9-11, 2018.

Resource speaker Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes emphasized the importance of detailed and coherent SOP among the attending institutions.

As an output, the participants are expected to improve their SOPs by making it more in-depth and comprehensive.

This also serves as a preparation for the coming accreditation of Philippine Research Ethics Board.

Said workshop was attended by 15 participants from the academe and health sectors in the region.

 

Ginhawa (ReliefVent) 


 

 

 



 

The people’s “breath of relief” ventilator

The Problem:

50% of ICU patients need a ventilator. In many developing countries like the Philippines, there is only 1 ventilator per 10 ICU beds which may result to unwanted increase in mortality rates. The prohibitive cost of acquiring a ventilator plus the inaccessibility of spare parts when a ventilator breaks down poses a challenge for small hospitals to acquire more units.

The Solution:

Developed by a team of critical care specialists, biomedical engineers, software specialist and biomed technicians, Ginhawa (ReliefVent) is a ventilator that can be used for both children and adults. It is projected to cost 40% lower than other portable ventilators in the market.

Target Market:

Hospitals, clinics, ambulance services

Features:

It is compact, portable, and can be AC or DC powered. It has embedded software for self-diagnostic cloud-based data analytic, with protocols for operations and trouble-shooting.

Status and Needs:

The product is relatively lightweight (8kg) unit and mainly powered by compressed air. It can do controlled ventilation, assist-control ventilation, and synchronous intermittent mandatory ventilation. It contains an internal differential pressure transducer for detecting patient inspiratory efforts and refinement of the internal oxygen blender and humidifier, which is uncommon to most of the commercially-available ventilators. Benchtesting using Michigan Instruments Pneuview Test Lung and animal (dog) studies testing were done, proving its safety and efficacy. It is currently undergoing human trials.

The proponent is currently seeking a manufacturing company that will add to its value engineering both for the software and hardware, and a partner for its commercialization.

Contact Person:

Abundio Balgos, MD, MHA, FPCP, FPCCP
Professor, UP College of Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila
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The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development are inviting researchers to submit capsule proposals for the study entitled: “Informal Economy Segmentation Study: Towards Universal Healthcare in the Philippines – Reaching and Retaining Members in the Informal Sector”

The project Terms of References can be downloaded here. 

The 2017 PhilHealth STUDIES (Strengthening the Thrust for Universal Health Care through Data, Information, and Knowledge Exchange Systems) is a research management collaboration between the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). This initiative aims to provide funding for research projects focusing on the development of evidence-based policy recommendations on PhilHealth programs and services.

Who may apply
Filipinos with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, have proven research competence/track record, and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies are eligible to apply for the research grant.

Requirements
We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach the following documents by October 9, 2018:

1. Letter of Intent addressed to:

The Executive Director 
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development 
Department of Science and Technology, Saliksik Bldg. 
Gen. Santos Avenue 
Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila

2. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Researcher

3. Profile of Institution

4. Capsule Proposal Format 

If you have queries, please contact Mr. Marc Enrico Hasta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ms. Grace Ann Cenon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call (02)837-75-34 to 37 loc. 206. 

 

Source: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/6406-philhealth-studies-call-for-proposals-informal-economy-segmentation-study

 

 

THE LEADERS IN INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Filipino researchers who qualify for the LIF program will spend a focused period of training and coaching in the United Kingdom. They will attend master classes given by Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and enjoy opportunities for international networking.

The minimum requirement for researchers to qualify for LIF 5: Their technology should have received prior funding from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

A postgraduate certificate program established in 2014, LIF creates international networks of innovators, expert mentors, and technology entrepreneurs. On their return to the Philippines, LIF Fellows continue to benefit from ongoing training and support to push their commercialization plan forward.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowship is part of the Newton Agham Programme, a collaboration between the UK and Philippine governments to bolster science, research, and innovation. The LIF program is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Management.

WHAT IS NEWTON AGHAM?

The Newton Agham (Science) Programme is a collaboration between the UK and the Philippines to advance science, research, and innovation. The UK Government, through its embassy in the Philippines, works with UK delivery partners and Philippine science and innovation institutions to implement programs that strengthen science and innovation capacity.

Partner institutions include the Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Higher Education. UK delivery partners working in the Philippines include the British Council, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Research Councils UK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Globally, the UK government launched the Newton Fund in 2014, a £735-million fund to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging knowledge economies. The Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance and covers three broad categories of activity.

  • People – Increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally, in partner countries
  • Programs – Research collaborations on development topics
  • Translation – Creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems

HOW IT WORKS

LIF is a multi-phase program delivered over 12 months. It is a multi-sectoral partnership among top institutions in the UK and the Philippines in the fields of science, innovation, and leadership management.

The Fellowship is open to all academic researchers across the country and Technology Transfer Officers with DOST-funded technology, who are in the process of developing a business plan for their technology or innovation. While the most ideal candidates are those who have tested their idea in the market, candidates who are on the cusp of commercialization may also be considered.

The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will accept applications from scientists, academic researchers, and technology innovators across the country. A DOST planning council, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development, will be the primary implementing and monitoring arm for the duration of the program.

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Online Application Form.

F
OR MORE INFORMATION

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aim.edu/lif

 

Source: https://www.aim.edu/lif

 

Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you.

Who can apply?

Researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD(Extensions are possible under certain circumstances — see the latest ERC Work Programme), a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal

What proposals are eligible?

Criteria

Applications can be made in any field of research. The ERC's grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities.

Location

Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works, or any other HI located in one of the EU Member States (see also eligibility of UK legal entitiesor Associated Countries

Host Institution

Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) in conjunction with and on behalf of their Host Institution, called the applicant legal entity.

Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the explicit commitment that this institution offers appropriate conditions for the Principal Investigator independently to direct the research and manage its funding for the duration of the project.

Any type of legal entity, including universities, research centres and undertakings can host the PI and his/her team. Legally the host institution must be based in one of the EU Member States, or one of the associated countries.

The PI does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution at the time when the proposal is submitted. However, a mutual agreement and the host institution’s commitment on how the relationship will be established are necessary, should the proposal be successful.

Team

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country. Vacancies for team members interested in joining an ERC led research project, can be published on the Euraxess-Jobs portal.

Initiatives, under the form of 'Implementing Arrangements', exist for ERC-funded teams in Europe to host non-European talented scientists. Find out more about the agreements.

How much?

Starting Grants may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 0.5 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities.

An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.

 

Resources:

Video: What it takes to win an ERC Research Grant

ERC Starting Grants

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Featured Links

PNHRS

http://www.healthresearch.ph

PCHRD

http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph

eHealth

http://www.ehealth.ph

Ethics

http://ethics.healthresearch.ph

ASEAN-NDI

http://www.asean-ndi.org

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