Dones of CHRMS meets with research directors, officials of JBI in Australia

Prof. Valentin C. Dones III, Ph.D., Research Director of the Center for Health Research and Movement Science (CHRMS) at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), participated in the JBI Ignite symposium, a significant event focusing on the future of methodology in evidence-based healthcare (EBHC). Held from November 13 to 17, 2023, at the National Wine Center in Adelaide, Australia, this symposium, hosted by JBI, brought together experts from various fields to discuss innovative approaches and solutions in the EBHC methodology. This gathering provided a platform for networking and collaboration, enhancing the role in evidence-based practice.

Additionally, Dones represented CHRMS in the Asia Pacific Region’s Research Directors meeting, contributing to the center’s achievements and aiming for a pivotal role in the regional representation of evidence-based practice.

After the symposium, during his Visiting Fellowship from November 18 to December 4, 2023, Dones engaged in strategic dialogues with key figures in JBI, including Director Kylie Porritt of Transfer Science, Director Craig Lockwood of Implementation Science, Director Bianca Pilla of Global Relations, and Dr. Lucylynn Lizarondo of Implementation Science. These discussions focused on potential collaborations in the realms of evidence transfer and implementation, aligned with the JBI Evidence Implementation Framework. This framework is a core component of the Evidence-based Healthcare JBI Model, which emphasizes the integration of research evidence in informed decision-making and the enhancement of healthcare quality.

In collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Maria Cristina Z. San Jose of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Dones formulated a blueprint for evidence transfer and implementation based on the JBI methodology. This blueprint, designed to bridge the gap between summarized evidence and practical application, is set to be tested in a major Philippine hospital in Metro Manila. This initiative positions UST’s CHRMS as a key player in evidence transfer and implementation within the Philippines.

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