The 8th Annual Research Forum held last December 13, 2005 stirred excitement among the audience when it announced the P30,000 cash prize for the Dean Fernando S. Sanchez Jr. Research and Publication Award—for the research paper entitled “An Evaluation of a Training Program on Breast Cancer and Breast Self-Examination Conducted Among Community Health Workers of Sitio Tanza, Antipolo City,” presented by Dr. Grace Encelan-Brizuela of the Department of Preventive and Community Medicine.
Second and Third Placers for the same award received P20,000 and P15,000, respectively. These were awarded to the papers “A Randomized Single-Blind Controlled Trial on the Efficacy of Oral Tramadol Capsules in Preventing the Pain of Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Needle Biopsy of the Prostate,” presented by Dr. Julian Salvador Vinco of the Department of Surgery, Section of Urology; and “What is the Evidence of the Effectiveness of Therapeutic Exercises in Improving Balance in Stroke Patients?” presented by Ms. Josephine R. Mata of the College of Physical Therapy. The cash incentive is a new addition to this prestigious award which came only with a certificate when it was launched during the 7th Annual Forum in 2004. This is hoped to increase the number of researches produced by the UERM community, according to the Director of the Research Institute for Health Sciences, Dr. Fernando S. Sanchez Jr. As in the previous years, donors for this award were Dr. Irene Ibanez-Manlapaz (Class ’75), Drs. Rafael and Erlinda Pascual (Class ’64) and the UERMMMC Medical Alumni Foundation, USA, Inc.
Five student researches generated by Level II Year 3 students of Research Projects were likewise recognized in the same forum, with the top award received by the paper “Experimental Study on the Effects of Licorice Extract, Glycyrrhiza grabra, on sperm count and testis weight among Male Albino Mice” which was presented by Mr. Claro Raymundo O. Antonio (Class 2007A).
The presentors (from 2nd from left) Drs. Jacqueline Madulid, Dr. Tommee Lynne Tayengco, Mr. Claro Raymundo Antonio, Dr. Grace Encelan-Brizuela, Dr. Julian Salvador Vinco and Ms. Josephine Mata, flanked by Pres. Divinagracia (far left) and Dr. Fernando Sanchez Jr.
Two other papers were presented: “A Study on Visual Outcomes in Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Repaired by Scleral Buckling” by Dr. Tommee Lynne G. Tayengco of the Department of Ophthalmology, and “A single-blinded randomized clinical trial on the Efficacy of Different Concentration of Capsicum frutescens (Siling Labuyo) cream versus Lidocaine 2.5%-Prilocaine2.5% (EMLA) cream as topical anesthetic in Healthy Filipino Volunteers” by Dr. Jacqueline P. Madulid of the Department of Medicine, Section of Dermatology.
The forum was attended by President Romeo A Divinagracia—who in his closing remarks promised his continued support to the research endeavors of the community—and Deans Georgina T. Paredes of the College of Medicine and Carmencita Divinagracia of the College of Nursing. Dr. Isaac David E. Ampil II moderated the open forum while Dr. Amado M. San Luis was the master of ceremony.