(by: Mr. Bryan B. Echanique)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
As an offshoot of the 4th International Health Congress (IHC), Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President) engaged Japanese educational leaders in a dialogue on December 07, 2018, aimed at establishing research collaboration between SPUP and the foreign delegates’ universities.
Sr. Merceditas in her opening statement said, “We would like to strengthen our research collaboration on something developmental, zeroing in ‘pure research’ so we could match our teachers’ specializations, interests, and capabilities.”
Officials of Tokushima University led by Dr. Sumihare Noji (President), Tokai University represented by Keisuke Ida and Yoshihiro Dai, and Fujita Health University through Yueren Zhao discussed research areas that their institutions are currently focusing on, while academic heads and the research core team of SPUP presented research interests they have embarked on as well as other areas of inquiry relevant to the University’s research agenda.
During the exchange, both parties looked into the prospects of undertaking joint venture on the study initiated by Dr. Leon Caculitan (Faculty, SPUP School of Medicine) that seeks to discover herbal cure for Tinea imbricate, a skin fungal infection among indigenous Filipinos in the mountains of Cagayan.
Other potential researches that were tackled include genome editing, which involves modifying the genes of crickets for the production of cricket-based meals found to increase longevity. Opportunities for conducting a study on biomechanics, quality of life (QoL) of cancer patients, stress management, pollution-detection wearable, among others, were also discussed.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rozzano Locsin (Professor of Nursing, Tokushima University) raised the possibility of acquiring funding from agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Furthermore, Dr. Tetsuya Tanioka (Professor of Nursing, Tokushima University) informed SPUP about the PhD programs offered by his university.“ These PhD scholarships prioritize ASEAN citizens,” he said.