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 2017.

This award aims to recognize the excellence in mentorship that instills passion among researchers, redounding to enhance relevance and productivity in health research.It also aims to reward mentors in health research who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector and and in the process, propelled significant advances in the Philippine National Health Research System's (PNHRS) thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).

The search is open to all Filipino Citizen, at least a holder of master's degree, actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least five (5) years, has a good tract record as a researcher in terms of publication,product development of policy formulation,professionally involved in health research activities either as a research program/project leader, principal and co-principal investigator,mentor/adviser/trainer, or author/co-author and actively involved in health research activities such as conduct of research training and extension work, paper presentations, fund generation,research promotion and networking,research agenda setting and capacity-building activities.

Winners are ineligible for subsequent nominations.

The deadline for submission of entries is not later than February 20, 2017 to the R1HRDC (Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium) secretariat Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga at telefax no. (077) 792-3133 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Qualified nominees will be reviewed and shorlisted by the consortium before it will be forwarded to PCHRD.

A copy of guidelines and recommendation form were sent to your respective institution/agencies for your reference.

Student-researchers bagged first prize at the Gruppo Medica Award for their research on the anti-dengue property of papaya (Carica papaya) and tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta) during the 8th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week celebration in Cebu City on 12-14 August 2014.

Topping 21 research entries from all regions in the Philippines, the research done by Pharmacy students at the San Pedro College in Davao City revealed that tea concoction from tawa-tawa can increase blood platelet counts in rabbits by 194% in just 24 hours.

Results on tests done on tea concoctions from papaya leaves only and mixture of papaya leaves and tawa-tawa plant also significantly increased platelet counts in rabbits within 24 hours.

Further laboratory tests on papaya and tawa-tawa revealed that both plants contain quercetin, a plant pigment known to naturally increase the platelet counts.

Recommending the continuation of the research, especially with the isolation of quercetin, the students stressed that the study is significant in the effort to develop treatment for the management of dengue. They said, “This research can benefit the society because it will pave the way to the development of new drug that is affordable, accessible, and effective against dengue.”

The Gruppo Medica Award is conferred annually by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) to give recognition to undergraduate researches on the practical or commercial application of herbal plants for health.