Empowering Research for Better Healthcare (EMBRACE) Workshop

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PILAR Research and Education, in collaboration with the Clinical Epidemiology Department at University of the Philippines Manila organized the Empowering Research for Better Healthcare (EMBRACE) Workshop last August 10, 2017. This event took place in Hotel Kimberly, Manila, Philippines.

The workshop gave an overview of how modern day health research and data analysis can provide evidence to ensure best practice of healthcare. The workshop combined fundamentals of research data analysis in non-communicable disease, an overview of modern methodological techniques, as well as in-depth discussions about practical issues and feasibility of conducting research in the Philippines.

There were over 70 attendees in the workshop, with a mix of lectures, interactive sessions and practical demonstrations of statistical analysis with discussions. Some participants were also able to have one-on-one discussions with our key speakers to discuss their own research projects.

The workshop was opened by Dr. Marissa M. Alejandria from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Dr. Johnathan Watkins, Director of PILAR Research & Education. The workshop proper started with Dr. Carlo Irwin A. Panelo giving a lecture on Trends in non-communicable disease in the Philippines and the role of research. Dr. Panelo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

One of the guest speakers from Loyola University, US, Professor Timothy O'Brien, followed right after and gave an Overview of data analysis. His second presentation that morning was on Design and analysis of experimental research. Professor Timothy is a Graduate Program Director (Statistics) from Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

Dr. Paul Ferdinand M. Reganit, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiology from the UP-Philippine General Hospital discussed the Design and analysis of observational research: experience from a community-based cohort study in the Philippines. Dr. Watkins ended the last session in the morning and gave a lecture on Projecting the rates of chronic disease outcomes.

The afternoon sessions were a little more hands on with the attendees required to stay in their designated groups for the small group activity on Planning a health research analysis. Attendees were spread out so they can mingle and learn from other attendees from other industries.

After the interactive group activities, Professor Timothy presented on Dealing with complex data: modern practice and practical considerations. That was the last presentation before the final closing. Overall, the event was very successful. Pilar Research & Education is looking forward to collaborating with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at University of the Philippines Manila for more events and collaboration.

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