Research: Beyond its academic facade-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
THE word ‘research’ paints a picture of a scholarly activity that is typically undertaken by individuals in the academe.
Most often, the average-thinking person directly relates this word to the cerebral activity of writing term papers, theses and dissertations that are required of students in order to obtain their much desired degrees—undergraduate, graduate and doctorate.
In the simplest sense, research as defined by a conventional dictionary is the systematic investigation into and study of materials in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
Simply put, research is all about the search for truth and knowledge regarding a phenomenon of interest.
Through research, we are able to find reasonable ways of explaining the processes and provide descriptions about something of which little is known.
Furthermore, the orbits of its scope and applicability may range from the natural sciences like biology, chemistry and physics; the social sciences like psychology, economics and sociology; and extends to health sciences like medicine, public health and nursing. In short, research is a home to all sciences.
But beyond the superficialities of these stereotypes are the practical uses of research in everyday life.
For example, in the natural sciences, the invention and innovation of certain technologies that make our lives easier is a conceptus of research.
In social sciences, the effectiveness of certain government programs is best measured through evaluation research.
Lastly, in health sciences, the development of certain medicines is a product of research as well.
There is really much that is promised by research. Sadly, the government does not provide ample budget for scientists to engage in research.
Fortunately, the Philippine National Health Research Center (PHNRC) is expecting to receive two percent of funding from the Department of Health, the Sin Tax Law and the PHNRC law next year.
Last week was the Philippine National Health Research System Week.
Among the highlights of its celebration this year are the: ethics in research; research challenges in indigenous people groups; mentoring session on national peer review, editing and train the trainer; and the roundtable discussion on the role of the researcher in achieving the government’s Universal Health Care .
On the other hand, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development will fund research proposals that are aligned to the following research priority topics for 2011 to 2016:
(1) Drug discovery and development;
(3) molecular technology;
(4) functional foods;
(5) hospital equipment and biomedical devices;
(6) ICT for health; and
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 20, 2013.