The International Science and Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO is inviting participants to the International Forum on Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25-26 May 2015.

The main objective of the forum is to share perspectives in devising strategies to address the imbalance of women participation at the leadership level in science, technology and engineering in the business and government sectors. Relative to this, we are seeking assistance in nominating candidate(s) to participate in the forum. The participant must possess the following minimum criteria:

·         Holding a senior position in the organization involved in women’s affairs

·         Has good command  of the English language (both oral and written)

·         Must be in good health

The organizers will provide hotel accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the forum to selected international participants. Since the organizers will not provide travel grants to the participants, international airfare will be shouldered by the sending agency.

Interested participants are required to complete the application form which can be downloaded along with the brochure from http://www.istic-unesco.organd submit to Ms. Charlene Basig thru email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 30 April 2015.

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Keio University Medical Science Fund is now accepting nominations for the Keio Medical Science Prize 2015. Established in 1996, Keio University annually awards the Keio Medical Science Prize to recognize researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine or life sciences.

Keio Medical Science Prize 2015


  • Nominee must have a breakthrough in the fields of medicine and life sciences, and/or related fields.
  • Nominee must have an outstanding contribution to basic and clinical medicine.


13 selection committee members and over 60 specialists from various fields, within and outside Keio University, will select laureates through rigorous review process.


Nominees must be currently active in their field of research, and be expected to make future contributions to the field.


Each laureate receives a certificate of merit, medal and a monetary award of 10 million yen.


  • Individuals are limited to one nomination each.
  • Institutions or organizations may make as many nomination as they can.
  • In case of multiple nominations, nominations are limited to One nominee per research theme.

Note: A nomination should be for one researcher. Keio University does not accept nominations for groups.

Nomination Materials

  • Nomination form (*can be downloaded from
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Nominee’s bibliography
  • Copy of major publications (maximum of 5, each major publication must be a separate PDF file.)

Please send all materials listed above in separate PDF format files via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by post to:

Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund

35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan

Online nomination is also available at


Nominations for 2015 must reach the Office of the Keio University Medical Science Fund by March 10, 2015.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Sixteen (16) participants from various member-institutions of the ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC) took part in the three-day “Seminar Workshop on Research Methods”, aimed at generating health research proposals for possible funding considerations under DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research’s (DOST-PCHRD) Regional Research Fund, conducted on June 19-21, 2013 at The VIP Hotel.

Dr. Ma. Carmen Tolabing, Associate Professor of the UP Manila College of Public Health and PCHRD Consultant, served as trainer and discussed the basics of conducting health research, from formulating research objectives, designing a research, to analyzing and interpreting research results. The training focused on three integral activities: lecture-discussion on the research process, workshop discussions to reinforce the lectures, and writeshop to develop a concept paper.

Participants from the Mindanao State University-Marawi City, Mindanao State University-Maguindanao, Department of Education – ARMM, Commission on Higher Education – ARMM, Sulu State College, Upi Agricultural School, Regional Planning and Development Office – ARMM, and Department of Health – ARMM grouped themselves and worked on topics such as dengue, folkloric medicinal practices, impact of disasters on health, and functional foods, all of which are in line with the ARMM Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) for the period 2013-2016. The concept papers synthesized by the end of the training are to be polished further into full-blown research proposals to be submitted to the AHRC for assessment and recommendation to PCHRD within the month of August 2013.

Dr. Ma. Carmen Tolabing gives hands-on mentoring to the researchers of MSU-Maguindanao during the last workshop on "Concept Paper Preparation" (June 21, 2103 at the VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City).

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COTABATO CITY -- The sub-project entitled “Assessment of Maternal and Child Health Care Services Delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in Eastern Maguindanao” by Prof. Rowena B. Caro of Mindanao State University – Maguindanao and Dr. Carmelita G. Hansel, Ms. Husna Dimapalao, and Mr. Camar Ameril of Mindanao State University – Marawi City qualified in the 7th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration’s Poster Exhibit Contest (Professional Category), opened on August 8, 2013 at Plaza del Norte Convention Center, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, as a regional entry of the ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC).

Initially, submissions were reviewed, short-listed, and endorsed to PCHRD by each of the respective consortium. Only six (6) among total submissions were selected for the oral paper presentation and another set as poster contest entries. A total of 11 researches coming from 8 out of the 17 regional consortia composed the list. Certificates and cash prizes were given to the finalists and winner during the awarding ceremonies the following day.

The study by Ms. Caro et al is a sub-project of the Pfizer PEER in Health funded program entitled “Assessment of Maternal and Child Health Care Services Delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in the ARMM”, which covers both Eastern and Western Maguindanao and Districts 1 and 2 of Lanao del Sur.

Aimed to hone the skills of researchers on technical writing and presentation, a two-day Technical Writing Workshop for Scientific Publication was conducted by the ARMM Health Research Consortium (AHRC), in coordination with the Philippine Council for Health Research (PCHRD-DOST), on June 17-18, 2013 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The workshop was intended for researchers of the 2012 Pfizer PEER Health-funded program entitled “Assessment of Maternal and Child Health Care Services Delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in ARMM” namely  Dr. Carmelita G. Hansel, Ms. Husna Dimapalao, and Mr. Camar Ameril of MSU-Marawi, and Ms. Rowena Caro-Benavides of MSU-Maguindanao, in preparation for their impending presentation to the Pfizer Board  as well as a their plans of getting published in a scientific journal. The researchers gained further knowledge on the basic elements of scientific writing and the protocols and procedures of scientific publication as they were closely mentored by Dr. Cecilia C. Santos-Acuin of UP Manila, PCHRD Consultant. Also present during the workshop was RHRDC XII proponent Dr. Andrea V. Campado of MSU-Gensan.

The workshop ended with the proponents and PCHRD representatives coming up with a list of next steps including the Pfizer Board meeting tentatively scheduled on the second week of July 2013.

Dr. Acuin and the proponents in a teleconference with PCHRD Consultant Prof. Marilyn E. Crisostomo.

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