A regional health research and innovation conference is slated to be held as part of the efforts of the DOST 7 to strengthen partnerships and increase linkages for the purpose of improving the health research system in Central Visayas.

The 2016 Central Visayas Health Research and Innovation Conference (CVCHRD), anchored on the theme , “Increasing Partnerships in Research and Innovation for Health,” is a one and a half-day event to be held on November 10 and 11, 2016, Michael Richartz Tourism Center, University of San Carlos in Talamban, Cebu City.

The objectives of the Conference are to:

  1. Increase public awareness and understanding of the role of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development-DOST (PCHRD-DOST) as a lead coordinating body of health research in the country and the role of Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) as its regional arm;
  2. Allow access to the programs and services of PCHRD through the regional consortium and create ideas and stimulate creativity to identify mechanisms that can vitalize regional collaboration;
  3. Build capacity and capability of the current and future workforce in the region for it to be able to embrace and actively engage with health research and innovation, and enhance efficiency in its implementation and innovation;
  4. Forge regional partnerships and collaboration to enable exchange ideas of research practices, policies and insights;
  5. Promote knowledge exchanges among member institutions to facilitate efficient implementation of health research and reduce redundant efforts;
  6. Build engagement and stimulate better interaction with research partners in the region; and
  7. Provide opportunities for research dissemination and utilization.

The conference is also aimed at attracting active researchers; engaging professionals and students interested in research; and heightening the interest in people with potentials in health research.

The intention is to bridge the gap between the knowledge-users and end-users of research, explore ideas, and discuss strategies in order to empower one another.

Researchers, representatives and end-users of research of the member institutions of CVCHRD are expected to participate during the one-and-a-half day conference which allows opportunity for research dissemination and information exchange and networking.

Using innovative means to disseminate research information, the conference will also enable researchers to share their research outputs and outcomes, providing evidence on how they can be effectively used by the general public.(CVCHRD/DOST 7)

written by: Licinio Gingoyon