International Training


The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in collaboration with the University of the East
Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC) Graduate School is the WHO-TDR Regional Training Center for Good Heath Research Practices for the Western Pacific Region.

The Philippines RTC aims to build capacity among researchers in the region in good health research practices. This will be accomplished through the development and implementation of short courses in the areas of good clinical practices, proposal, protocol and scientific manuscript writing, good clinical laboratory practices, biosafety, ethics committee operations and effective project planning and evaluation.

This will be the institution’s contribution to the long-term goal of increased ability of disease endemic countries to access grants and improve quality of research and competitiveness, an established global network with high-quality training courses and a resource center for TDR research training activities.


Grant proposal writing and research protocol development

The course will assist participants in writing a research proposal and develop the document further into a protocol.  Facilitators and Mentors are scientists and researchers who have successfully obtained competitive grants for investigator-initiated research and have completed the research cycle of these grants.

Participants: Individuals who may have concept proposals that needs to be developed into protocols. This two-page document is submitted with the application form.

Scientific manuscript writing

The course is designed to help researchers prepare or develop their manuscript for publication to the stage wherein they may be ready for submission health/science/peer-reviewed journals. Facilitators and Mentors are scientists and researchers who are senior authors of work published in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Participants: Researchers who wish to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. They may be either senior or junior investigators of the study and have some proficiency in writing in the English language.

Good clinical practices

This course provides participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for the management and implementation of biomedical and field-based research involving human participants according to principles of good clinical practices.  Facilitators are experienced investigators and study coordinators of the Clinical Research Division, RITM.

Participants: Investigators and staff of biomedical and field-based research that involves human participants.  It is preferred that the study team participate as a group, if possible.

Good clinical laboratory practices

Participants will be provided relevant guidance in implementing systems and technical procedures to ensure compliance to good laboratory practice principles and local regulatory guidelines.  Facilitators are department staff of the Laboratory Research Division (LRD), RITM.  LRD aims for ISO 15189 accreditation in 2018 for key laboratory test procedures.

Participants: Clinical laboratory personnel including senior level managers who directly supervise junior staff in clinical specimen management and analysis.


The course aims to provide participants with an understanding and awareness on biosafety and biological risk management to protect the personnel, the community and the environment from accidental release and exposures to biological hazards. Facilitators are trained/certified biosafety officers of RITM.

Participants: Individuals who work in laboratories and similar facilities and/or whose work exposes them to relevant biological specimens and their derivatives in the environment.

Effective Project Planning and Evaluation

The course enhances knowledge and awareness of project planning and evaluation activities and includes project management and interaction with stakeholders, collaborators and donor agencies.  Facilitators are experienced in the management of RITM research projects.

Participants: Research project coordinators and managers, and investigators who wish to improve their skills in project implementation.

Research ethics for ethics committee operations

A practical course in research ethics committee operations based on international research ethics guidelines and good clinical practices using case studies as focus of interactive sessions.

Participants: Research ethics committee members of research and academic institutions.  Secretariat and relevant institutional staff are also invited to attend this course.

*Courses run for 2 ½ days and may extend up to 3 days depending upon the need of the participants.