Press Release: The Medical City Opens Clinical + Translational Research Institute

The Medical City {TMC} announces the establishment of the Clinical and Translational Research Institute {CTRI} designed to meet the evolving needs of the medical community. The CTRI will also serve as a platform for the institution to assume a leadership role in bridging the gap in clinical research from the laboratory setting to its bedside application.

In short, translational research aims to translate findings in fundamental research into medical and nursing practice and meaningful health outcomes.

Researchers and Clinician-Scientists nationwide face common barriers in clinical and translational research that can delay the development of new interventions for patients in need. These challenges include difficulties in recruiting, mentoring and retaining a critical mass of qualified clinical and translational investigators; increased research costs and complexity; low patient recruitment and retention in clinical research studies; inflexible study designs, and increased regulatory burdens.

The creation of TMC-CTRI will bring in experts in clinical and biomedical research to address relevant health issues and find sustainable solutions through innovative research.

TMC-CTRI will support the innovative flagship programs of The Medical City which include the Institute of Personalized Molecular Medicine, Liver Center, Cancer Center and other clinical centers that are constantly finding ways to speed discoveries from bench to bedside.

It will also seek research partnerships and collaborative work in both local and international research institutions and institutions of higher learning.  Basic and translational biomedical researches can be structured based on the current unmet medical needs, from diagnostics to therapeutic researches such as on new chemical entities {NCE’s}, biologics and cellular therapeutics.

While TMC-CTRI believes in the diversity of knowledge and the explosion of scientific disciplines, the institute feels that, it is time that such wide ranging expertise would have to be integrated again into translational discipline.  To achieve this goal, TMC-CTRI will forge research alliances between clinical trialists, Clinician-scientists, MS and PhD holders and biomedical researchers that will serve as the heart of innovation and research translation.

“With TMC’s Institutional Review Board {IRB} reaching Level III accreditation, The Medical City is now poised to venture into providing the haven for relevant and life-saving clinical researches and drug trials for both local and international clienteles,” says Dr. Raul V. Destura, multi-awarded clinician and scientist and director of TMC-CTRI.

The IRB provides independent guidance, advice, competent review and free from bias decision on health research or other specific research projects involving human subjects. This important unit will ensure that patient’s rights and safety are safeguarded at all times.

TMC-CTRI will also integrate the existing network of hospitals, clinics and laboratories of The Medical City and create a “research highway” that is facilitative and research engaging.

TMC is currently the largest healthcare network in the country with one flagship health care complex, four provincial hospitals and over 40 clinics in Metro Manila and in select provinces in the Philippines.

It has taken its brand into the global arena through the ownership and operation of Guam Regional Medical City {GRMC}, the first and only private hospital in Guam and the establishment of ambulatory clinics in the Gulf Cooperation Council {GCC} countries.

“True to its mission of keeping the  ‘patient at center stage, service of greater worth,’  TMC-CTRI will use patient’s health and well-being as its universal compass in achieving its goals of providing innovative and state-of-the-art health interventions for the benefit of the Filipino people and beyond,” says Dr. Destura.

The formal launch of TMC-CTRI was held on April 26 at the Augusto Barcelon auditorium of The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City. Dr. Eva Cutiongco De La Paz, Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director of the National Institute of Health, University of the Philippines – Manila, was the guest speaker.

TMC Senior Vice President for Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos delivered the welcome remarks while President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon congratulated Dr. Destura and his team for this innovation in his closing statement.

Novuhair Encourages You To Understand Your Hair

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Other than your face, your hair is one of the first thing that other people notices, this very reason is why most people take extra effort in caring for their mane, but are you doing enough?

A hair salon is one of the usual places that a person would go to whenever they need to have their hair fixed, this is typical if you just need a relief from a bad hair day or to mend your split ends. What if your hair needs a more extensive solution such as for your hair loss?

Several factors can cause hair loss and understanding your lifestyle pattern may help remedy your condition.

  • Stress is the most common factor in temporary hair loss.
  • Incorrect use of hair products with harmful chemicals
  • Childbirth also causes temporary hair loss
  • Cosmetic procedures such as Rebonding, Perming, Bleaching and Dyeing
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Alopecia.
  • Medical treatment such as chemotherapy and Beta-blockers
  • Medical conditions such as Lupus, Diabetes, Anorexia and Anemia can also cause hair loss

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Novuhair Summer Hair Care Tips

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Heading to the beach may be the most exciting part of summer. It is almost always part of the itinerary this season for most people. Others prefer to give in to their adrenaline rush climbing that mountain slope or just about anything that gets you that summer tan to fit in the crowd.

Did you know that spending extended hours under the extreme summer sun can pose serious danger to your hair and scalp? The same UV rays that brings damage to your skin without proper protection can equally hurt your hair and scalp.

Below are some of the problems your hair can encounter during the season:

  • Split-Ends ~ UV rays and extreme high temperature can take their toll on your strands. The heat drains the moisture of your hair out causing breakage.
  • Double Trouble ~ Rebonded or permed hair needs extra attention as high temperature well as humidity disrupts the cuticle breaking some of the chemical bonds that keep the hair straight or curls and roughing up the cuticle, taking away shine and smoothness.
  • Scalp problem ~ Scalp may also get sun-burned if you don’t use cover-ups for your head.
  • Grease problem ~ Summer sun and humidity can bring extra grease on your hair, leaving it vulnerable to damage.
  • Chlorine Stress ~ Swimming in the pool subjects your hair to chlorine. The outer layers of the cuticle of the hair opens up when you swim and chlorinated water seeps into the center of the hair thus making your hair more brittle.
  • Excessive Salt Water ~ Salt water can cause the same damage as chlorinated ones. Salt water dries on the hair it creates a high-saline solution which can build up and cause hair to feel dry, weighed down and hard to manage.

All these problem can be addressed by keeping your hair clean and showered after each activities. Take vitamin supplements that benefits you hair such as Vitamin C and Biotin. Getting your hair pampered will also give respite to the sun and chemical abuse.

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is composed of 19 Natural ingredients with some of the known medicinal plants such as Ginger, Pennywort and Ginseng blended with natural essences of rosemary and peppermint.

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Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp which is very important after subjecting your hair from all your summer activities.  Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. #NovuhairSummer

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