The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) and the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) conducted joint training workshop for accreditation and recognition of ethics review committees in the Philippines. The workshop was co-organized by the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium Subcommittee on Ethics last 14 July 2013 at the Makati Medical Center, in collaboration with the Makati Medical Center Institutional Review Board (MMC IRB).

Dr. Marita Reyes, PHREB Co-Chair, provided an overview of Philippine laws and regulations relevant to health research oversight. She explained that the overall objective of the workshop is to endorse Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and ethics in health research by implementing international and national standars for ethics review committees, as well as promote the national ERC accreditation system, which at the moment is still voluntary. The training included quality assessment standards for ERC operations in order to help ERCs prepare for national accreditation and international recognition. The training was facilitated by Dr. Reyes and other local and international speakers, including Dr. Cristina Torres (FERCAP), Dr. Juntra Karbwang- Laothavorn (Nagasaki University, Japan), Dr. Yupaporn Wattanagoon (Mahidol University, Thailand), and Ms Edlyn Jimenez (MMHRDC and UP Manila).

Dr. Mary Ann Ladia, MMHRDC Program Coordinator, introduced the workshop as an advocacy opportunity for the MMHRDC to promote its mission to offer research capacity strengthening opportunities to MMHRDC member institutions. She highlighted this activity as one that exemplifies partnership and collaboration among member institutions and networking with other consortia and local partners for health research and development.

The workshop was conducted in preparation for the joint PHREB-FERCAP site visit of two MMHRDC institutional ethics review committees, the UP Manila Research Ethics Board (UPMREB) and Manila Doctors Hospital Institutional Review Board (MDH IRB), as well as that of the Makati Medical Center, for national accreditation and international recognition. The joint site visit was conducted by PHREB accreditors and FERCAP international surveyor with the assistance of participating trainees from various ERCs from MMHRDC and other institutions, from 15-24 July 2013.

Participating MMHRDC ERCs:

  • Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF)
  • Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH)
  • Manila Central University-Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation (MCU-FDTMF)
  • University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC)
  • University of the Philippines Manila (UPM)
  • University of Santos Tomas (UST)

Participants from other ERCs:

  • National Ethics Committee
  • Department of Health Research Ethics Committee
  • Asian Eye Institute (AEI), Makati, NCR
  • Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu City, Region VII
  • De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHI), Dasmariñas, Cavite, Region IV-A
  • Makati Medical Center (MMC), Makati, NCR
  • National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), Quezon City, NCR
  • Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC), Batac, Ilocos Norte, Region I
  • Philippine Heart Center (PHC), Quezon City, NCR
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), Quezon City, NCR
  • University of Perpetual Help Dalta Medical Center (UPHDMC), Las Piñas City, NCR

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

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