The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the search for the Best Mentor in Health Research Award for the year 2015.

The award aims to recognize excellence in mentorship that instills passion among researchers resulting to enhanced relevance and productivity in health research. It also aims to reward mentors who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector which led to significant advances in the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).

The search is open to all Filipino citizen actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least 5 years. Past winners cannot be nominated. Nominations can be made by heads of institutions, immediate supervisors/s, colleague/s, trainee/s, or student/advisee. Self-nomination is not allowed.

Each cluster winner (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR) will receive a cash prize of P100,000.00 plus a plaque of recognition. The national winner will receive a cash prize of P200,000.00 plus a trophy. 

Nominations should reach the consortium not later than January 7, 2015. Qualified nominees will be reviewed and short-listed by the consortium.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Reinachell Dacdac at (046) 481-8000 local 4000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Members of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A and contest participants for poster and oral research presentation along with the representatives of the 17 members of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDC) attended and participated in the 8th Philippine National Health Research System Week celebration last August 12-14, 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City. The event was hosted by Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD).

This year’s celebration of PNHRS week underscored the role of health research in disaster and emergency management. All plenary and parallel sessions revolved around science for disaster preparedness and actions, use of information and communication technology and tools and policies, coordinating mechanisms for service delivery and the role of social media.

Also designed for the week’s celebration was the Inter-regional Oral Paper Presentation and Poster Exhibit Contest of completed research papers (Professional and Student Category) wherein Region IV-A delegates won several awards. Dr. Lotis Ecobin Mopera of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bagged the 2nd prize in the oral research presentation for her study entitled “Prebiotic Potential of Ubi Flour (Dioscorea Alata L.)”.  The results of her study indicated the potential of some of our indigenous root crops to be utilized as prebiotics which if proven to enhance the growth of certain probiotics, can be used as supplement for infant formula, yogurts and other food vehicles requiring the use of prebiotics. On the other hand, Engr. Eduardo B. Tibayan of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute’s study entitled “Antimicrobial and UV-blocking Property of Ag and SnONanomaterials” won 3rd prize in the professional poster exhibit contest. The antimicrobial test done in this study showed that reducing the size of material to nanometer can increase their toxicity to E. coli bacteria. It also showed that Silver exhibits greater antimicrobial activity than tin oxide. On the other hand, tin oxide nanomaterial showed better UV blocking property over silver nanomaterials. Thus, this study can be used to improve the antimicrobial and UV blocking characteristics of glass materials. For the student poster category, a research from the University of Perpetual Help- Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University entitled “An In Vivo Study of the Potential Hemocyte Effect of the Crudde Extract from the Leaves of Lagerstroemia Speciosa L., Family Lythraceae (Banaba)” byJesanie D. Marfil also won 3rd prize. In this study, the crude extract produced an increasing effect on WBC and platelet count but its effect on RBC count had an unclearly defined pattern with a shift of effect from an increase to a decrease at different time intervals.

 The event also highlighted the Consortia Exhibit that featured the RHRDC’s activities and the fellowship night which showcased the country’s rich cultural diversity depicted through song and dance numbers made by the registered participants.


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