Researches on science and health and other related fields are invited for presentation in the 1st Multidisciplinary Research Forum on June 05, 2014. The Research Presentation is open to all the member-institutions of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A).  Staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and paramedical schools, hospitals and other health related agencies may submit entries to HRDCR IV-A until 28 April 2014.  Submitted research project can be those studies funded by the Philippine National Health Research System (PCHRD-DOST; DOH; CHED and UP Manila); the member-institutions of HRDCR IV-A and/or other local and international funding institutions.  

The mechanics are as follows:

1. There will be a plenary session for the presentation of the qualified research projects.

2. Review and evaluation of all submitted entries will be facilitated by HRDCR IV-A. Technical review and evaluation will be composed of content and methodology experts.

3.A total of five (5) completed papers will be selected for presentation.  Qualified research projects will be selected based on the following set of criteria:

3.1   Technically and ethically sound;

3.2   Research results provided new ideas/knowledge.

3.3   The output, outcome and the impact of the study have relevant contribution to society and economy.

4. For the screening process, a copy of the completed paper including abstracts shall be submitted to HRDCR IV-A.  Please follow the format below:

4. 1. Font and Size: Times New Roman, 12 point

4. 2. Title Centered, bold, upper case

4. 3. Authors: centered, sentence case. Kindly indicate affiliation, address, and email address. The name of the presenting author should be underlined.

4. 4. Body of abstract: justified

5.Research papers which were not considered for oral presentation may qualify in the Poster Exhibit. A total of ten (10) completed researches will be selected.

 

A.      POSTER EXHIBIT GUIDELINES

  1. CONTENT

·         The poster should include the following identifying information:

o   Name or title of research or project

o   Complete institution or author address

o   Telephone or contact numbers or email

·         It should give a brief description of the research in layman’s language.

·         It should cite reasons why such project was developed or why the study was conducted; the study’s potential benefits in terms of its impact on health and quality of life, science or technology contributions or socio-economic benefits.

·         The poster may exhibit the highlight of the study in picture or colored presentation

·         Graphical and other   appropriate presentations may also be included.

 

  1. FORM

·         One poster panel will be allowed per entry.

 

·         Poster size should be 2 feet width by 5 feet height. Use of tarpaulin is recommended.

 

NOTE: Notice of acceptance will be sent on May 02, 2014. Registration is FREE.

 

For further inquiries and submission of entries, you may contact Ms. Reinachell T. Dacdac, HRDCR IV-A Staff 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..

                     

           

      Researchers and editors were at the Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City last January 23-24, 2014 for the 5th National Medical Writing and Peer Review Workshop.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) in cooperation with the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A (HRDCR IV-A) and the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) conducted the workshop to help and guide health researchers in writing articles for medical journals. It was attended by 44 researchers from Region IV-A and Department of Health (DOH) and 11 editors of different associations, colleges and institutions in the Philippines.

 

 The workshop included lectures by Professor Dr. Wilfred CG Peh, Executive Vice-President of Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) and President of Singapore Association of Medical Journal Editors (SAMJE), Professor Dr. Jose Florencio Fabella Lapeña, Jr., Secretary-General of APAME, President of PAMJE and Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Professor Dr. Cecilia C. Maramba – Lazarte, Member of APAME and PAMJE and Editor-in-chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of the Philippines Journal.

 

 “We want to have research articles that are worthy for publication and peer reviewed journals… and that’s actually our goal for 2 days so that you will learn exactly from the experts how to write papers and articles.” said Dr. Melchor Victor G. Frias, IV, Convenor of HRDCR IV-A when he formally opened the event.

 

At the start of the session, Dr. Lapeṅa said that while “doing” the research is important, “writing” about why and how it was done, what was found, and what it means is far more important as it serves as a permanent record of scientific work that has been completed and accepted by peers. In short, research, no matter how good, is incomplete, until it has been published.* If it is not written, it is not done, he further added.

 

In the workshop, participants were also taught of the structure of a scientific paper, the individual components of the paper and how to prepare a manuscript. Dr. Lazarte also stressed the need to seek the advice of a biostatistician before beginning the research instead of waiting until the results have been obtained.

 

 Discussed also during the workshop were the role of editors and peer reviewers and how the manuscript is processed. As Dr. Peh mentioned in one of his lectures it is important to construct the manuscript accordingly in order to maximize the material and enhance the chances of acceptance.

 

Aside from the lectures, participants also had the opportunity to join small group exercises on the various components of a scientific paper under the guidance of workshop facilitators.

 

During the closing ceremony Ms. Merlita M. Opeña, Chief of the PCHRD-DOST Research Information Communication and Utilization Division (RICUD), stressed, “To be productive, we have to work with one another, help each other and reinforce each other. We wish that we continue working together, so that collectively we have more output”.

 

*Peh WCG, Ng KH. Effective medical writing (Pointers to getting your article published): Why Write?. Singapore Med J 2008; 49(6):443

 

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