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

The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE”) is an annual award which recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.

The ASPIRE Prize supports APEC’s mission to:

  • Strengthen international science and technology networks;
  • Enhance economic growth, trade and investment opportunities in harmony with sustainable development, through policies, innovative R&D and technologies, and knowledge sharing;
  • Improve linkages and efficiency between research and innovation.

ASPIRE 2018: Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies

Each year, the chairing APEC member economy provides a theme for the ASPIRE Prize. In 2018, Papua New Guinea selects "Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies” as the ASPIRE theme. This theme focuses on how scientists are capitalizing on smart technologies and digital platforms to provide better health care access and services across the APEC region.

Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies in subjects such as: biomedical technology, healthcare supply chains, pharmaceutical technology, point-of-care systems, wearable technology, self-help devices, artificial gene fusion, medical Informatics, cell surface display techniques, robotics, nanomedicine, 3D printing and continuous manufacturing, blockchain technology and other relevant fields.

ELIGIBILITY

Any citizen of an APEC member economy is eligible to be nominated for the ASPIRE Prize. He/she must be living at the time of his/her nomination and be under the age of 40 as of 31 December of that year (i.e., all 2018 nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 31 December 2018).

SELECTION PROCESS

Each APEC member economy, through its representative in the APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), is invited to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 to be considered for the ASPIRE Prize.

Individually qualified applicants are encouraged to complete the “Local Nomination Form” and send it to PPSTI Program Director Ms. Zhongzhen LIU (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 13 April 2018 so it may be directed toward local economy reviewers.

Once nominations are received, PPSTI members rank the nominees through a selection ballot to determine the winner. PPSTI members are asked to judge the nominees based on how well they have demonstrated:

Excellence in scientific research, as evidenced through scholarly publication;
Commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies;
Contribution to the 2018 ASPIRE theme of “Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies.” 
The winner will be recognized at an award ceremony during the 12th APEC PPSTI Meeting in Papua New Guinea scheduled for August 2018.

ASPIRE PRIZE SPONSORS

Wiley and Elsevier, two of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, have committed to funding USD25,000 in prize money.

For more information, please visit www.apec.org

Rabies remains to be a public health problem in the country, accounting for 200 to 300 deaths each year. With the declaration of March as Rabies Awareness Month (Republic Act 1948), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and various health institutions take part in raising people’s consciousness to the dangers of infectious viral diseases like rabies.

The Council is one of the many institutions promoting innovative ideas and research-based solutions to combat public health problems. PCHRD extends funding for researches on public health which are aligned with National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and National Harmonized Research and Development Agenda (NHRDA)

NUHRA summarizes the health research and development directions and priorities of the country for a six-year period. These research priority areas are the following: Diagnostics, Tuklas lunas (Drug discovery and development), Functional foods, Hospital equipment and biomedical devices, Information and communication technology for health, Dengue and other arboviruses, Disaster risk reduction, Climate change adaptation, and Omic technologies for health.

Some of the rabies related projects and researches that were supported by the Council are “Canine Rabies Vaccination Outcome Monitoring and its Implication to Rabies Control and Prevention Program in Pampanga,” “Comparison of the Different Brain Collection Techniques and Evaluation of the Spinal Cord and Brain Tissues as Specimen for Rabies Diagnosis,” and “Bioluminescent Enzyme Immunoassay for the Rapid and Specific Detection of Rabies Virus.”

Most reported cases of rabies are caused by domestic pets such as cats, dogs, and rabbits. The virus usually comes from their saliva but can also be transmitted into humans through biting and scratching. While there is a small amount of people who have survived rabies, it remains as a fatal disease.

As a reminder, PCHRD encourages individuals to practice responsible pet ownership by having your pets vaccinated by your veterinarian, keeping them safe whether inside or outside the house and reporting stray animals to local government authorities.

Source: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/6345-march-is-rabies-awareness-month-2018

Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, World Health Organization’s (WHO) scientist, will deliver the keynote address at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (PCHRD) 36th anniversary celebration on March 16 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Ramirez joined the WHO-Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in June 2007 with over 20 years academic and research experience in health-product innovation, drug discovery, vaccines and the development of diagnostics for infectious tropical diseases.

She provides support and coordinates projects that studies population health vulnerabilities, vector-borne diseases and ways to increase population resilience against the climate-change impact in Africa.

Joining Ramirez as guest speakers are Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque  III and University of the Philippine (UP) Manila Professor Mary Ann Lansang. The PCHRD 36th anniversary celebration will highlight social innovations in health.

Part of the program is the recognition of good practices in social innovation in health, including the winners of the 2017 Search for PHL Social Innovation in Health Initiative Solutions.

A panel discussion follows, which will discuss opportunities and appropriate frameworks on social innovation in health research.

The panelists include UP Manila Professor Noel Juban, UP School of Economics Professor Aleli Kraft, Ateneo de Manila University Institute of Philippine Culture Research Associate Dennis Batangan and One Health Boat Project Founder Katerina Nono-Abiertas.

Awarding of newly accredited Research Ethics Committees and winners of the “Visualize Health Research: Visual Abstract Contest” will also be conducted.

PCHRD is the national coordinating and monitoring body for health research.

Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/who-scientist-to-speak-at-pchrd-36th-yr-celebration/ 

Different local health researchers in Region 02 together with the evaluators namely, Ms. Marilyn E. Crisostomo,

Dr. Melfei E. Bungihan, Dr. Jane Cabauatan, Dr. Ramelo Ramirez Jr., and Ms. Charmaine Barangan, during the

first quarterly meeting of CVHRDC and research proposal presentation, evaluation, and mentoring on

January 29 - 31, 2018 at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 spearheaded the conduct of the first quarter meeting of the Cagayan Valley Health Research & Development Consortium (CVHRDC) and Research Proposal Presentation, Evaluation, & Mentoring at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, January 29 - 31, 2018.

 

The members of the said consortium meets quarterly to address the current health concerns of the region to come up with ideas and strategies that will improve the health status and quality of life of the people in Region 02.

CVHRDC aims to localize solutions to the region’s health needs by continuously extending their support to research enthusiasts through financial and provision of trainings and mentoring sessions to conduct research studies that will contribute in resolving problems in the healthcare system.

DOST Region 02 represented by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, assistant regional director for Technical Operation Services, said that “consortia like CVHRDC were created to form S&T partnership between and among members not only for the good of individual institutions but for the benefit of the region as a whole”.

Their researches, she said, can be patented to be used for startup projects and be commercialized for the improvement of the economy of the region.

During his opening message, Dr. Brian Niño Galapia, vice chair for R&D Committee, he emphasized the role of the consortium which “provides support to health researchers through mentoring and funding their research studies as a way to encourage them to pursue higher learning and for them to continuously think of innovative ideas for health that will benefit the communities in the region.”  

Dr. Julius T. Capili, CVHRDC executive director, presented the CVHRDC’s vision, mission, and goals and also introduced the core values, partner agencies, and research priorities of the consortium.

The consortium focuses on 11 health research priorities such as researches about Infectious and Communicable Diseases; Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction Management for Health and Climate Change Adaptation; Maternal and Child Health; Non-communicable Diseases; Drug Discovery and Development; Health Governance and Management; Health Financing; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Health Technology Development and Innovation; Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine; and lastly, Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.

A total of 15 health research proposals were presented, and evaluated, during the activity. Local researchers were advised to modify their research proposals based on the recommendations given during the mentoring sessions. They were also instructed to submit their revised research papers as soon as possible for further review and evaluation by the Research Management Committee Members.

In addition, Dr. Josephine D. Lorica, co-chair of CVHRDC Research Ethics Committee presented the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) for 2017 to 2021 to address the identified health needs of the region.

Furthermore, updates on CVHRDC’s accomplishments in 2017 and upcoming activities for 2018 was presented and discussed by Ms. Clyde Beth B. Caraang, DOST R02 science research specialist I. “Expect for more activities this 2018”, said Ms. Caraang as she encouraged all health researchers not to missed trainings and mentoring sessions that will be conducted by the consortium.

She mentioned that one of the major accomplishments in 2017 was the conduct of the 11th National Medical Writing & 4th Writeshop for young researchers joined by 33 participants nationwide.

Moreover, Ms. Carissa C. Pagulayan, nurse V of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 02 presented one of the main agenda of the meeting. She tackled about the research priorities of the said agency and according to her, they are willing to fund health researches that are align in their list of priorities.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) represented by Dr. Maria Theresa B. Mendoza, announced the submission of proposals & discussed their research priority areas while Mr. Zypher Jade G. Regencia, presented their R&D Agenda.

The meeting ended with an open forum to cater the concerns and clarifications from the researchers.

 

Written by: Des Aguirre

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