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.

The Commission on Higher Education, Higher Education Regional Office IV-A, endorses the CHED IV-A (CALABARZON) Research Council, Inc. (CRC) 2014 Research Conference which will be held on November 21, 2014 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the University of Perpetual Help System in Binan, Laguna with the theme: "Revisiting Research Directions in Philippine Higher Education Institutions Across Disciplines".

The conference aims to:

1. bring together administrators, research directors and faculty members of higher education institutions in CALABARZON for information-sharing on research as a function of higher education institutions;

2. provide stimulation for the development of research culture in higher education institutions; and

3. share results of research studies undertaken by higher education institutions in the region.

The participants to this seminar are the School Heads, Academic Officers and Administrators, Research Directors, Senior Professors and Faculty Members, Theses/Dissertation Mentors, Writers and Graduate Students. A registration fee of Php 1,000 for members and Php 1,200 for non-members will be collected to defray expenses for the conference kit, certificates, lunch, snacks and honoraria of speakers.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Felix M. Mercado at tel. nos. (043) 7231446/(042)710-7095, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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