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THE NEW LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CAN’T STOP SMILING because finally their efforts paid off after undergoing a very tedious review on the Course Work for Massage Therapy before taking the Licensure Examination on December 2011. Forty LMTs in Davao Region took oath on January 27 at Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. (Photo by Melvia Malubay/LMT)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nominations for outstanding health research awards extended

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA) -- The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Health Research Award (OHRA) has been extended until January 31, a health research consortium official announced.

Dr. Warlito Vicente, chair of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Region XI, said the search is open to all Filipino health researchers or in groups in either biomedical research or health services research.

Vicente said nominations may be made by individuals, scientific, technological and professional societies or associations, research institutes and universities and colleges.

He clarified that self-nomination is not allowed.

The OHRA is given to a qualified health researcher “who has been able to demonstrate the link between research and practice through the absorption or utilization of his/her research project in the health delivery system,” Vicente explained.

The recognition “rewards those whose research efforts are relevant to prevalent health problems,” he stated.

He further said that the award would like to encourage researchers to be “sensitive to the scientific and technological requirements of the health delivery system.”

Each awardee for the biomedical research and health research categories shall be conferred of a trophy and a cash prize of P500,000.

Nominations for each of the category should be made on the prescribed nomination form, with document attachments such as one copy each of the technical reports and publications of the completed projects leading to the technology.

Another required document is a write-up on the impact of the project on health delivery highlighting how the results were utilized and the benefits derived from their utilization.

The third document is a statement from the technology user(s) describing the contribution of the technology in improving health delivery.

Vicente said that nominations and documents should be submitted to the Office of the Executive Director of PCHRD, 3rd floor Administration Bldg. of the Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City.

Nominations should reach PCHRD not later than January 31, 2012, he added.

For more details and information, interested individuals or institutions may visit PCHRD website at or, or may call the regional office through telephone numbers (082) 221-5971 or 227-1313. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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