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Dr. Charles Yu is the PCP Exemplar Awardee as Distinguished Researcher
April 12, 2021 | 8:58 am
Dr. Charles Yap Yu was recently recognized by his peers at the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), as the PCP Exemplar Awardee as Distinguished Researcher of the year 2020-2021.
This recognition from his fellow Filipino internists at the PCP is a culmination of Dr. Yu’s lifelong career devoted to medical research in various areas – TB, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), influenza vaccination studies, clinical epidemiology, and now, COVID-19.
As La Salle’s Vice Chancellor for Research, he led the institution in forging a partnership with the Provincial Government of Cavite to set up the first referral molecular laboratory in Cavite that will conduct Rt-PCR tests for SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As the country was grappling with the scarcity of testing laboratories for COVID-19, the Cavite-De La Salle COVID-19 Diagnostic Center (CDCDC) was certified in May 2020 and immediately started testing specimens coming from municipalities and cities all over Cavite, a cornerstone of Cavite’s response to the raging pandemic. Today, the laboratory is testing close to a thousand specimens per day, providing real time results that enable the LGUs in Cavite to respond in real time to pocket outbreaks.
Dr. Yu is also the principal investigator of an ongoing clinical trial for a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate which is being conducted at DLSMHSI. It is part of a multi-site trial being conducted in the Philippines for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Building partnerships has always been the expertise of Dr. Yu. In fact, that has been his secret for a successful advocacy in tuberculosis (TB) research where Dr. Yu has really made an indelible mark not only in the country but in the world. He strongly and successfully advocated for the Public-Private Mix framework that is the cornerstone of the success of the directly- observed treatment strategy (DOTS) for TB. As Chair of the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhilCAT) between 2001-2004, PhilCAT focused on building grassroots alliances
and coalitions that contributed greatly toward institutionalizing DOTS TB and consequently, to the achievement of the TB targets of DOH and WHO in 2004 and the Medium Term Development Goals in TB in 2015.
For all of these and more, Dr. Yu was elected as President of the Global TB Alliance Stakeholders Association and ex-officio Board Member in 2004-2006 and in 2009 was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Filipino Physicians (TOFP) by the JCI, PhilHealth, DOH, and PCSO.
Dr Yu is currently the Vice Chancellor for Research of the De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute and as an internist and pulmonologist, is among the many valiant frontliners in our continuing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The official awarding by the PCP will be held during the live broadcast of the Virtual Convocation and Awards Cermonies of the PCP 51 st Annual Congress on May 2, 2021.
Congratulations Dr. Charles!
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