13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers
Legazpi City, Philippines
8-9 January 2018

Organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the 
Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE), co-organized by Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)
Endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)


Application deadline: December 8, 2017
REGISTRATION IS FREE (limited slots only)

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2018 in Legazpi City. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation for participants and meals during the workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.

Requirements for participants

The workshop is designed for a maximum of forty (40) researchers in health sciences and health social sciences, aged 35 years old and below, who have a research project completed not more than 2 years ago and have drafted a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal. The selected draft manuscripts will be reviewed and revised during the workshop, based on the lectures and exercises, under the guidance of the faculty and mentor – facilitators. All participants are expected to present a 7-minute power point summary of their revised manuscripts on the second day of the workshop, and agree to submit the article to an appropriate scholarly peer-reviewed journal within three (3) months after the workshop.


Applicants should e-mail the following requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 8 December, 2017

     1. Application form (incomplete forms will not be considered) 
     2. Conforme slip
     3. Abstracts 
     4. Draft Journal Manuscripts
     5. Instructions to authors (This is a free document downloadable from the website of your prospective journal.)

Please use this subject format in your email: Application_13th Wrtieshop_(Surname)
Please save your documents in this format: Application form_(Surname), Conforme Slip_(Surname), Abstract_(Surname), Manuscript_(Surname), ITO_(Surname)

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop will be communicated on December  15, 2017.

If there are any questions about the Workshop, please contact Ciaren Itulid @ 837-7534

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in collaboration with Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).

Please note that the following information on applying for SATREPS is targeted for researchers who belong to Japanese research institutions/universities in Japan. Researchers in other countries should consult their national government agency responsible for ODA technical cooperation, the Embassy of Japan, or JICA offices in their resident countries.

Based on the needs of developing countries, JST and JICA cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues*1 with an objective of utilization of research outcomes*2. Implemented through collaboration with Official Development Assistance (ODA), the aim of the program is to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and the advance of science and technology, and through this process, to create innovations. International joint research under this program also aims to enhance the research and development capabilities of developing countries, and helps create sustainable research systems able to address and resolve issues.

*1 Global issues: Issues that are difficult to resolve by a single country or region acting on its own and that need to be handled by the international community as a whole. 
*2 Utilization of research outcomes: The research projects should lead to future social and economic benefits, achieved by using newly obtained technology and knowledge to enhance government services or to develop products that can be deployed in the market.

Proposals for FY2018 are invited in the following research fields; Environment/Energy (2 research areas), Bioresources (1 research area), Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (1 research area).

Up to FY2015, the SATREPS Invitation for Research Proposals included the Infectious Diseases Control field. From FY2016, projects in this field are handled by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). Please visit AMED website new window for details regarding the invitation for research proposals in the Infectious Diseases Control field.

Important Notes

This invitation for research proposals is for proposals that will be implemented under the government's FY2018 budget, but submitted and selected before the budget is finalized. Moreover, the SATREPS program is linked with the official development assistance (ODA) program, and requires time for coordination with institutions in the counterpart country. For these reasons, in order to start the research projects as soon as possible, the process needs to start before the budget is approved. In consequence, when the budget is finally approved, details and amounts may change, which could potentially affect the fields of research, contract research expenses, and number of projects selected. Additional documentation may also be requested following budget approval.

For more information visit: http://www.jst.go.jp/global/english/koubo.html 

With the goal of reaching a wider audience in the dissemination of health research results in Twitter and Facebook, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology organized the Visualize Health Research, A Visual Abstract Contest.

Launched during the Philippine National Health Research System Week celebration on 24 August 2017 at the Philippine International Convention center (PICC), Pasay City, the contest is open to all creative Filipinos residing in the Philippines except all PCHRD employees and their immediate family members, and PCHRD’s project team members. Joining the contest is FREE of charge. To register, please visit this link.
Three individuals have an opportunity to win cash prize amounting to P30,000, P20,000, P10,000.

Here's the contest guidelines.


The contest is open to all creative Filipinos residing in the Philippines. Joining the contest is free of charge. Employees of PCHRD and members of their immediate family, and project team members are not eligible.
Contest piece: The image (as required by Twitter)
● Minimum to appear expanded 440 x 220 pixels (a 2:1 ratio).
● Maximum to appear expanded 1024 x 512 pixels.
● Maximum file size of 5 MB in JPEG format. (The file names of entries should follow this format: name of contestant_title (i.e. juanadelacruz_moments.jpg).
● All designs submitted shall be created specifically for this Contest and has not been used commercially.
● Limit one entry per person and per e-mail address.
● Entrant warrants and represents that they own all rights to the Entry, their Entry is the original work of the Entrant, does not contain any third party designs, does not infringe any third party’s rights, complies with all laws and regulations, and does not contain defamatory statements, or invade privacy, publicity or other rights of any third party. Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content will be disqualified, as determined by the Company in its sole discretion.

● All interested participants should register at VISUAL ABSTRACT CONTEST REGISTRATION on or before 13 October 2017. You may select your chosen research study at HERDIN
● One registered participant, one entry. 
● The visual abstract should contain the proper citation of the study. See a sample of visual abstract HERE. Or you may check out HOW TO CREATE A VISUAL ABSTRACT
● The contest piece should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
● Deadline of submission of entries is on 15 November 2017.

Criteria for Judging:
All visual abstract entries will be judged based on the following:
• Clarity of message – 35%
• Correctness and accuracy of translation – 35%
• Relevant creativity and originality – 20%
• Impact – 10 %

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (02) 837-7534 and look for Ms. Ana Itulid.


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