The Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) celebrated its 4th Anniversary last February 21 and 22, 2013 together with its joint activities --- the 15th Anniversary of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ang the 11th University Science and Technology Week. The theme for this year's triple celebration was “Science and Health for Social and Economic Development”. It revolved around new perspectives on health research and discoveries through research outputs regarding newborn screening, tropical diseases, maternal health, herbal medicines, and sin taxes among others.

The MMHRDC contributed to this big event by presenting three (3) research studies from different institutions in Plenary 4. Dr. Mary Ann Ladia and Dr. Ma. Luisa Enriquez, Program Coordinator and Chair of the Research Utilization Committee respectively, of MMHRDC were the moderators of this session. The following research studies were presented:

Title of Study

Principal Investigator


Effects of Persea americana Mill. (avocado) Leaf Extract on Serum Uric Acid Level of Hyperuricemia-induced ICR Mice

Dr. Dolores V. Viliran

Institute of Medicine, Far Eastern University – Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF)

Normal Lung Sound Enhancement and Characterization for Automatic Identification of Lung Pathologies

Mr. Cadwallader C. Chua

Department of Computer Technology , De La Salle University Manila (DLSUM)

n Vivo Studies of the Anti-Hypertensive Activity of the Crude Methanolic Extract of Selaginella uncinata Desv. Ex Poir. (Selaginellaceae)

Mr. Jehrald Timothy T. Chua

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Santo Tomas