“An auspicious day for health research at DLSHSI.”
This was how Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Melchor Victor Frias IV described February 12, 2015 when DLSHSI signed a Memorandum of Agreement with research firm Quintiles Philippines, Inc. at DLSHSI’s De La Salle Villarosa Convention Hall.
“This morning we embark on an exciting collaborative endeavor which will further enhance the conduct of clinical trials in this institution. DLSHSI and Quintiles intend to work together to buildup access to clinical trials for patients and the general populace of our communities and for doctors of this Lasallian community,” he said in his welcome address.
On Quintiles’s side, Senior Director and General Manager Ma. Inez Pacia said she shares Dr. Frias’ excitement. “We know La Salle to be a very involved institution in the conduct of clinical trials. Here, the culture is already there, all we have to do is tap that energy and provide your research community more opportunities and platforms to perform more clinical trials,” said Pacia.
According to Dr. Frias, the alliance will increase opportunities for both patients and individuals in our communities and doctors to participate in clinical trials. As a leading research site for clinical trials in the country, DLSHSI will thus have more opportunities to perform clinical trials that will ultimately result in improved medical care for Filipinos.
Pacia agrees. “Clinical trials offer the promise of better treatments. With Quintile’s track record of bringing people and knowledge together and DLSHSI’s expertise in the conduct of clinical trials, we are looking forward to working together in discovering better health care practices that will make quality medical care more accessible and available to our people.”
As the lead convenor of health research for the Health Research Consortium of Region IV-A and being the site of the most number of clinical trials among private institutions in the country, the choice to partner with DLSHSI was thus an easy one, says Pacia. “At La Salle, you have dedicated researchers who are supported very well by the institution and in here, research is already part of the culture. You only need to nurture it and give it more space for growth,” she shared.
The partnership is promising to provide that space. In fact, right after the signing of the MOA, Quintiles led a 2-day Good Clinical Practice workshop for a DLSHSI doctors who have manifested interest in conducting medical research. The alliance is going to ensure that capacity-building activities like these are going to be conducted regularly and consistently.