What: DOST-CVHRDC Research Proposal Writing Workshop for Budding Researchers

The Research Proposal Writing Workshop is a workshop for writing a research project proposal. The workshop discusses the methods on biomedical research writing. It covers the introduction to research processes, Identifying Research Topic, crafting of literature review, indicating critical appraisal and evaluation of & identification of appropriate study designs, sampling designs, randomizations, sample size determination and power. Variables and operational definitions, questionnaire design, data collection procedures, data processing, data analysis using Epi Info software and ethical considerations shall likewise be included in the training.
This training is a three-day (whole day) intensive workshop. The participant will apply the concepts learned during the workshop in finalizing their own research project proposal which they submit two days before the actual conduct of the workshop.  Research proposal review and mentoring will be conducted for the duration of two weeks after the end of the workshop through online submission and critique by selected technical reviewers.  Complete research proposals will be submitted one month after the workshop (July 30, 2018).On-going research proposals may be adopted as working paper for research participants to improve.

When: June 27-29, 2018

Where:Department of Agriculture- Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Laboratory, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Who: Health Researchers from CVHRDC-Member Institutions

Please confirm your participation until June 23, 2018.



What: DOST-CVHRDC Animal Handling Seminar & Experimentation

          -This seminar is conducted to acquaint researchers with the regulations and health hazards involved in the use of animals, including best practices in animal handling.

          - This is specifically intended for researchers and institutions involved in research to promote human care and use of animals in research. Hands-on session will also be included to demonstrate proper animal handling , restraint other related laboratory procedures involved in animal care.


When: June 7-8, 2018


Where:Department of Agriculture- Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Laboratory, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan


Who: Health Researchers from CVHRDC-Member Institutions


Please confirm your participation until June 1, 2018.






WHO Scientist Dr. Bernadette Ramirez gave emphasis on the importance of participatory research in health during her keynote speech at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development 36th Anniversary last March 16, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

According to Dr. Ramirez, one of the objectives of participatory research in health studies is capacity building. “We actually have one goal which is capacity building for research. Capacity building means strengthening our ties with individuals and communities through involvement when it comes to health research and innovation.”

Dr. Ramirez defined community involvement as a process of engaging with communities to form a dialogue and/or collaboration at the grass roots level. She explained that in health research, including people in the process means providing what the people actually needs instead of delivering research results and research products aimlessly.

Participatory research sees communities as co-producer of knowledge and action. She added that the benefits of including individuals and communities in the dialogue of health research and innovation does not only encourage them to take action and responsibility for their own health but also fosters change in people.

She stated that the problem in the current health research practices is the need of the communities, “Ang mentality kasi natin ay one-size fits all; we forget that in health research, we are actually dealing with people. We need transformative change. We don’t want to be stuck in one size fits all because people come in different shapes and sizes.”

Dr. Ramirez explained that we should move forward from this practice and start banking on personalized healthcare that is more understanding of what is important to the people and community. The on-going evolution and demand for quality healthcare necessitate a parallel need for professional development with guided principle that is rooted in the needs of the people.

She urges everyone to take part in creating and providing a better healthcare to millions of Filipinos. Dr. Ramirez said, “Health research is multi-trans disciplinary; we need to combine our expertise. We have to understand our problems together. Healthcare is a complex problem and a complex problem requires a complete set of system to address that problem.”

In the end, she reiterated and reminded everyone that research on social innovation in health accompanied by community involvement is key in developing better healthcare system and programs.

Source: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/6352-dr-bernadette-ramirez-advocates-community-involvement-in-health-research


JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan
Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan
Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan
FY 2018 (2018-2019) Application Guideline

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) carries out programs that provide overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. These programs are intended to help advance the overseas researchers' research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan.


All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.


(1) JSPS Electronic Application System
Host researchers are required to use the JSPS Electronic Application System when applying for fellowships.

Please refer to JSPS’s website for more details on JSPS Electronic Application System. 
If you have already obtained the applicant ID of international exchange projects, you do not need to ask your affiliated institution to issue the new ID and password.

(2) Application periods (for host institution)
Applications must be submitted to JSPS by a host researcher in Japan via the head of his/her university or institution. Overseas researchers wishing to participate in the program are advised to establish contact with a
Japanese or foreign-resident researcher in their field and to ask him/her to submit an application. They should make this contact well in advance of the host institution’s application deadline (depending on the institution, it may have its own deadline more than one month before the application deadline set by JSPS).

For more information, visit www.jsps.go.jp 

A group of communication experts gathered to discuss their experiences, best practices, and effective audience engagement during Engaged: Communicating Health Research in Everyday Language session held last 16 March at the Philippine International Convention Center.

With the speakers of the session covering various fields of communication, 35 participants from the research utilization committees from regional health research and development consortia learned how to effectively communicate health research and improve audience engagement through tips and use of simpler language and laymanized terms.

Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Senior Scientist of the International Rice Research Institute and chair of the Research Utilization Committee of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) opened the session through her presentation titled Trust in Science: The Role of Communication. She emphasized the duty of health research communicators to develop and maintain trust with their audience by addressing misconceptions and supporting statements with facts.

James Mendoza, Chief Executive Officer of Maroon Studios, discussed website content management and highlighted the importance of security and design of websites to users. He also explained the need to understand and define the users to help shape user-friendly websites.

Two speakers tackled the topic on how to manage social media accounts effective, first was Ron Villagonzalo, a co-founder of the Philippine Bloggers network. Villagonzalo discussed the inner workings of the promotions system of Google and Facebook, and gave an explainer on the use analytics to properly develop material tailored to your topic and audience.

Rosario Juan, CEO of Commune, took the second part of the topic, going through the importance of creating a voice, brand, and style for social media pages and explaining how current pop culture trends could be harnessed to create engaging but meaningful posts.

Rounding of the roster of speakers for the session was University of the Philippines Los Banos, College of Development Communication Dean, Dr. Ma. Theresa Velasco, with her presentation on the Do’s and Don’ts in developing and implementing an effective communication plan. Dr. Velasco shed more light on creating communication concepts that will not only engage but also educate social media users. The establishing of the vision, mission, and goals for research utilization committees can set the working standards and policies for effectively communicating and disseminating health research.

With the aim to develop and strengthen the skills and abilities of the regional research utilization committees, Engaged: Communicating Health Research in Everyday Language is a parallel session held during the 36th Anniversary of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development with the theme Research on Social Innovations in Health.

Source: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/6347-communication-experts-discuss-best-practices-in-communicating-health-research

Written by Reuben Andrew R. Razal


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