Invest in Health Research: CHRDC challenges young researchers

The Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) has one appeal to the young researchers in Caraga – to establish a culture of research in the region by starting at the first step – submit research proposals, particularly related to health.

This was the call of Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium, a consortium organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH), in the recently held Health Research Awareness Forum and Call for Research Proposal in Butuan City last November 25, 2016. The consortium encouraged some 50 young researchers to conduct health researches relevant to the current health trends in the region.

Motivation to submit Health Research proposals

Mr. Ricardo N. Varela underscored the importance for young professionals to invest in health research as small and big funds are available in the consortium. Researches need to address certain important health-related problems that can be beneficial for publication, for policy makers, for communities. This is the beginning for a brighter collaboration especially for the coming years, we are willing to work with you and fund your research, Mr. Varela emphasized.

Engr. Ramil Sanchez also inspired the young researchers to be actively involved in health research activities without having to compete with more experienced researchers. He gave a brief overview of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, the Caraga Health Research Development Consortium and the Regional Research Fund Initiative. Engineer Sanchez discussed the processes and qualifications in the research proposal submission.

Funded Health Researches

Aside from the orientation, researchers with health research proposal already funded by CHRDC further inspired the young researchers through presenting the significant results of their study.

Dr. Joycelyn Jumawan, the proponent of the research project funded by the consortium entitled “A Gastropod Survey and Geographic Distribution of Snail Vectors of Schistosomiasis in Lake Mainit, Philippines” also shared her experiences in getting funds for the research. She highly urged the participants of the forum to submit proposals as the budgetary requirement for projects is increased to 500,000.00.

Dr. Jumawan presented interesting significant results of her study on the vectors of Schictomiasis in Lake Mainit.

Dr. Rey Capangpangan from Caraga State University also showcased his research project entitled “Detection and Sequential Enrichment of Glycopeptides and Phosphopeptides as Cancer Biomarkers by Functionalized NH2/ZIC HILIC-type Magnetic Nanoprobes”. The paper bagged 1st prize during the 10th Philippine National Health Research System Week and Inter-Regional Oral Paper Presentation (Professional Category).

According to Dr. Lilia Boyles, Chair of the Human Resource and Development of CHRDC, the consortium will be expecting the proposals in June 2017. They do not have to worry as the consortium will facilitate in the packaging of proposals and mentors will be provided once the proposal is approved, says Dr. Boyles.

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