Adamson University’s Center for Research, Evaluation, and Continuing Education recently organized two seminars deemed essential to the development of Adamsonian researchers and those from other institutions of higher learning.
Seminars on Research Ethics Across Disciplines and Intellectual Property Development were held last January 28 and 29, respectively, at the Ozanam Audio-Visual Room. CRECE conducted the seminars in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), and the Intellectual Property Office. Participants were faculty, researchers and graduate students from the AdU community as well as from the South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium, the University Belt Research Consortium, and other colleges in the Metro Manila and CALABARZON areas.
Research ethics featured Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes as guest speaker. Dr. Reyes is the chair of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, also under the Department of Science and Technology. The seminar began with an overview of research ethics, with Dr. Reyes presenting her own take on the evolution of ethical ways of doing research. Other topics followed, such as Ethical Principles in Research, the Ethical Review Committee and Process, Tools for Ethical Review Committees, and a plenary discussion on case studies. Dr. Antonio Ligsay, chief of PCHRD-DOST’s Research Management and Development Division, also came to give his message during the discussion of the agency’s programs and projects.
The next day’s seminar saw division chief and officials from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines come to Adamson. DITTB division chief Engr. Ma. Amelou Lim delivered the first and last topics of the day, discussing the relevance of the intellectual property system in the knowledge-based economy and drafting an IP policy for universities. Overviews on trademarks and copyrights systems were discussed by Atty. Jesus Antonio Ros and Atty. Adoracion Umipig-Zare respectively. Both speakers are division chiefs; the former from the Bureau of Trademarks and the latter from the Bureau of Legal Affairs.
Engr. Carolina Marquez, IPR Specialist II from the Bureau of Patents, gave and overview on utility models and industrial designs.
The goal of CRECE’s latest activity is to “develop and/or strengthen the Research Ethics Review Committees in each of the member HEIs in the SMI-IC and U-Belt HEI Consortia. It will increase the number of research outputs/products in the two consortia applied and approved for patent.” As research is a key cornerstone in the existence of a higher education institution, these twin seminars will help solidify research based on ethical measures and protect the efforts of researchers. Yael Esperat