by RONALYN BANAKEN
From left: UB’s Julius Simon, Dr. Belen Nievera, Dr. Maria Lourdes Cantor, Dr. Marilou Saong and Vice-President for Administration and Research Dr. Lloyd Orduña
Bringing its genius to the table, the University of Baguio (UB) collected accolades at the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium’s (CRHRDC) Best Mentor in Health Research and Outstanding Health Research Awards held at the University of the Philippines-Baguio last Dec. 17.
UB’s Dr. Maria Lourdes Cantor (School of Dentistry), Dr. Marilou Saong (School of Natural Sciences) and Julius Simon (Science High School) qualified as finalists in the Best Mentor category – considered an extraordinary feat in research competitions.
Also, UB’s entry – “A Portable Non-Electrically Driven Air Compressor Unit as a Source of Air To a High-Speed Dental Handpiece” – was awarded as one of the finalists under the Outstanding Health Research Award–Biomedical Research category. The machine was developed by Christian Edquibal, Mohammad Keivan, Eirene Eudia Manaloto, Edgar Allan Pangisdan, Lizly Ann Gutierrez and Kleo Rose Oliver.
Moreover, in the Health Services Research sub-category, two entries from UB were recognized as finalists: the “Use of Repeated Guided Fones Toothbrushing Technique to Improve the Oral Hygiene Performance of Children with Autism” by Dr. Belen Nievera (UB School of Dentistry) and the “Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead Levels in Breast Milk of Volunteer Mothers in Baguio City, Philippines” by Dr. Saong.
Dr. Nievera’s research earlier won the Best Research Poster Presentation at the 22nd Southeast Asia Association for Dental Education (SEAADE) annual scientific meeting in Singapore and was published in the SEAADE/International Association for Dental Research Abstract Book in 2011.
Meanwhile, Dr. Saong’s research paper served as CRHRDC’s entry for the Oral Research Paper Presentation (Professional Category) during the 7th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) conference held at the Plaza Del Norte Hotel in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte in August 2013. From a total of 28 papers from 14 participating regions, six were chosen for the oral presentation in which Dr. Saong’s paper qualified. The event was participated in by the Department of Health, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development-Deparment of Science and Technology, Commision on Higher Education, and the National Institute of Health – University of the Philippines Manila among others.
The Best Mentor Award seeks to “recognize and reward mentors in health research who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector and, in the process, propelled significant advances in PNHRS’s thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda.”
On the other hand, the Outstanding Health Research Award “encourages researchers to be sensitive to the scientific and technological requirements of the health delivery system and rewards those whose researches have contributed significantly to addressing prevalent health issues.”