Health Science Research Cluster holds lectures, workshops, paper presentation at UST 2018 Research Fortnight

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) conducted research festivities during
the 2018 Thomasian Research @ 55 with the theme, ”Pananaliksik Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan.” Under the guidance of the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation (OVRRI), the Center for Health Science (CHS) of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS), Center for Health Research and Movement Science (CHRMS) of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) and College of Nursing Research Board (CONRB) organized various research-related activities that primarily aimed to improve the
research capacity of its faculty members in research design, ethics application, research implementation, research writing and
publication.

Eight research activities organized by CHS Research Supervisor Prof. Consuelo G. Suarez, M.D., Ph.D., CHRMS Research Supervisor Assoc. Prof. Valentin C. Dones III, Ph.D., and CON-RB Secretary Asst. Prof. Ma. Carina D. Rebueno, were attended by faculty, students, and clinic supervisors affiliated with FMS, CRS and CON. The research activities were intended to help health care practitioners and future professionals achieve increased
awareness on the importance of research in teaching and in practice.
Writing workshops were conducted. One was facilitated by Dr. Fidela L. Moreno, M.D., who discussed the essential components of research proposal and gave tips on writing research proposals. The other writing workshop was on the topic ‘Writing for Publication’ discussed by Assoc. Prof. Janine Margarita Dizon, Ph.D., of the USTCRS and Prof. Steve Milanese, Ph.D., of
the University of South Australia.

Held on March 2, 2018 at the Medical Informatics Center, Saint Martin De Porres Building, UST, the workshop was attended by faculty members who are preparing to write their research papers for publication.


On two separate occasions, lectures were delivered on March 1 and 8. On
March 1, 2018, Prof. Steve Milanese, Ph.D., of the University of South Australia and Assoc. Prof. Janine Margarita Dizon, Ph.D., of the UST-CRS introduced clinical practice guidelines (CPG) development methods and strategies in implementing CPGs in practice. They provided fundamental knowledge on how CPGs should be developed, alternative methods
of CPG development and framework to search for best guidance in health care.

Dr. Leilani Mercado-Asis, M.D., Ph.D., and Dr. Jose Sollano, M.D., of
the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery shared their experiences and insights as researchers through the lecture-forum titled ‘Research Luminaries in our Midst Version 2’ on March 8, 2018 at the CME Auditorium. The lecture was organized to inspire faculty members and students to endeavor into a research path.

Ten faculty members presented their research papers as part of the ‘Practical Research Studies’ held at the UST Central Laboratory
Bldg. to an audience composed of incoming CRS freshmen and their parents. The interns from Occupational Therapy, Sports Science and
Speech Language Pathology and fourth year students of the Department of Physical Therapy prepared games, exercises, trial consults, and equipment use specific to career, for the attendees.


The Tripartite Research Poster Exhibit that ran from February 20 to March 1, 2018 mounted at the Lobby of Saint Martin de Porres Building. The exhibit was officially opened Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Dean Dr. Ma. Lourdes Domingo-Maglinao, M.D., College of Rehabilitation Sciences Dean Assoc. Prof. Anne Marie C. Aseron, and College of nursing Dean Assoc. Prof. Susan N. Maravilla. Fifty five posters on research studies on teaching,
medications, interventions, nature of diseases, and characterization of sample populations with identified conditions were presented by the faculty members from the health sciences.

Good Research Practice for Humans and NonDrug Trials was conducted at the Physical Therapy Skills Laboratory of San Martin de Porres Building. A total of 160 CRS students were certified in Good Research Practice, allowing them to design, implement, write and publish research studies

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