Professor Florence C. Navidad, EdD, an academic staff of the Department of Medical Technology and academic researcher of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education, received the prestigious Crisanto G. Almario Memorial Award for Research from the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists “for her exceptional contributions in the field of Medical Technology and Social Science Research, and her exemplary service in her profession as member of PAMET Committee on Research.” The award was conferred during the December 5-7, 2023 PAMET Convention.
Navidad is the inaugural Chair of the Institutional Research Ethics Board, which oversees existing and helps establish new research ethics committees for accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB).
A longtime Social Health Studies research interest group member, she conducts researches on the interface of the social and allied health sciences, several of which have received grants from agencies such as the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, and Porticus Asia. Currently, she is working on a two-part study on “Healing Interventions from Local Traditions” (HILOT), which involves a scoping review and cultural mapping of how hilot is practiced in the archipelago.
Navidad was nominated by the UST Department of Medical Technology and the Faculty of Pharmacy officials. After winning the regional search, she competed with all the regional winners to finally capture the award. Navidad expressed gratitude to her superiors and colleagues in the Faculty of Pharmacy, and acknowledged the Research Center for Social Sciences for providing support for her research undertakings. In an interview with the Communications Bureau, she advised Thomasians to “know your goal and have passion for what you are doing.”
Navidad is the latest Thomasian to win PAMET’s prized research plum, which was also conferred in the past to cancer researcher Pia Marie S.P. Albano, PhD.