Tuguegarao City – The University of Saint Louis (USL), through its Center for Health Research and Development (CHRD) and in collaboration with the School of Education, Arts, Sciences, and Health (SEASH) and the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC), held the Health Researchers’ Convergence 2018 with the theme “Treasuring Scholarly Works through Strengthened Evidence-Based Health Practices” on April 18-20 at USL’s Bulwagang Teodulfo Domingo.


The two-and-a-half-day convergence was participated by 195 health practitioners, faculty and students from higher education institutions (HEIs), hospitals, clinics, and a local government unit in Region 02.


Dr. Honorato R. Alzate, Director IV of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) RO2, stressed in his keynote address the increased productivity of the Region when it comes to presentation of health research results.


The director also emphasized the relevance of evidence-based practices or the so-called “research translation to policy and practice.”


Also during the opening ceremonies, Dr. Emmanuel James P. Pattaguan, USL Vice President for Academics, further set the tone of the convergence through discussing and facilitating interaction on the roles of HEIs in evidence-based health practices.


Moreover, Dr. Julius T. Capili, executive director of CVHRDC and dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) of Cagayan State University (CSU) Andrews Campus, discussed the significance of enforcing ethics in health researches.


The researchers under Professional Category were composed of medical technologists, nurses, a pharmacist, and educators. They were Karen Mae S. Alcantara, MSN; Archimedes O. Bayquen, RPh, MPH; Judy Mae M. Dimaya, MSN; Jonas Usbal Dupo, MSN; Reymel B. Magora, RMT; Jack M. Regala, RMT, MPH; Amiel F. Reyes, MSN; and Jonalyn P. Santos, MSN.


Some of the researches under the said category were: “Exploring the Perceptions of Nursing Students on the Effects of Climate Change to Health: Formulation of a Self-Assessment Tool”; “Knowledge and Extent of Agreement of Community Pharmacists’ Role in Immunization”; and “Nurses’ Knowledge, Implementation, and Attitudes towards Evidence-Based Practice in Al Dakhliyah Governorate, Oman: A Cross-Sectional Multi-Institutional Study.”


Meanwhile for Student Category, the researchers were: Jade Mar C. Clemente, Rucriz Serbeth Q. Guimmayen, Trixie Carla A. Laniog, Rell Genesis C.  Mandac, Mart Louie C. Oamil, Lyra Naveen A. Paudan, and Jedediah Faye D. Siniguian.


They are BS Medical Technology/Laboratory Science, BS Nursing, and BS Pharmacy students from CSU, Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP), and USL.


Some of the researches presented under the Student Category were: “Awareness Level of Barangay Baliuag, Peñablanca, Cagayan on Department of Health Programs”; “Biological Evaluation of the Diuretic and Antiurolithiatic Activities of Talahib (Saccharum Spontaneum) Plant Extract”; and “Patient Safety Culture in Secondary Hospitals in Tuguegarao City as Described by Nurses and Patients.”


A total of 19 researches were presented: 9 in the professional category and 10 in the student category.


In addition to the presentations and exchange of ideas, the participants were enlightened on the approved and existing Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) 2017-2022 through the presentation of Dr. Melfei Estrada-Bungihan, chairperson of the CVHRDC Research Management Committee (RMC) who is also a faculty at Quirino State University (QSU).


Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) RO2, graced the closing ceremony by sharing on the agency’s Science and Technology programs. She also encouraged the health researchers to apply for grants from the agency for the constant advancement of science and technology in the Region.


Capping the convergence, the Best Oral Presentation award for each of the two categories was given to Professor Jack M. Regala for Hypoglycemic Effect of Guyabano (Annona Muratica Linn.) Fresh Peel Aqueous Extract in Glucose-Loaded Sprague Dawley Rats” and Mart Louie C. Oamil for “Status of District Hospitals in Cagayan Based on the Regulatory Standards Set by the Department of Health-Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (DOH-BHFS).” Both are from CSU.


The judges were: Dr. Capili; Dr. Estrada-Bungihan; Dr. Pattaguan; and, Mr. Darin Jan C. Tindowen, Head of the USL Center for Social Innovation, Local Knowledge and Education Research (CSILKER).


Written by: Dr. Eladio Martin S. Gumabay, University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao



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 


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