Recognition of trailblazing efforts in medical research and clinical innovation

Medical researchers can now look forward to getting recognized for their work with the launch of the Geminiano T. de Ocampo Visionary Awards for Medical Research. Launched by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) last November 8, 2012 at the Hyatt Hotel Grand Casino, the award seeks to recognize clinician researchers who have created the vision for medical research in the country through their outstanding work in medical research. It also aims to recognize those who have pioneered the trail for medical innovations and health research development.

The award is given in honor of the national scientist in the field of Opthalmology and the father of modern Philippine ophthalmology Dr. Geminiano de Ocampo, who himself was a visionary man who realized the future of medicine in the country through his groundbreaking and pioneering efforts in clinical practice and in research.

Candidates can be nominated by individuals, scientific and technological societies, professional societies or association, research institutes, universities and colleges.

Qualifications include:
1. Natural born citizens of the Philippines
2. Graduate of Medicine in an accredited and duly recognized school or college of medicine
3. Remarkable track record as a clinician practicing in the Philippines
4. Proven track record and accomplishment in medical research
5. No proven administrative case or case of moral turpitude

Nominations will be screened by the NAST secretariat and will be evaluated by a board of judges. The selected awardee will receive a gold medal, a plaque and a Php 100,000 cash prize.

In 1952, Dr. de Ocampo established the de Ocampo hospital, the first eye hospital in the Philippines. He was also the first Filipino to design a corneal dissector in 1956, and was the first Filipino to perform the first successful corneal transplant.

The award is made possible with the endowment of the de Ocampo family and will be administered by the NAST Health Sciences Division. It will be given biennially and will take place during the birth anniversary of Dr. de Ocampo, on September 16th of the year.

Nomination forms are available for download at the NAST website: www., or from the NAST secretariat, at the 3rd level, Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City.


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