Dr. Antonio Dans, President of the Philippine Society of General Internal Medicine (PSGIM) was recognized as an outstanding researcher during the 65th Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilASST) Convention.
The Dr. Paulo C. Campos Award for Medical Research was awarded to Dr. Dans in recognition to medical researchers who have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their medical careers in public service.
Dr. Dans was instrumental in evidence based medicine (EBM) that improved the practice of medicine and the delivery of quality healthcare in the Philippines. This efforts spearheaded the conduct of trainings on EBM with regards to the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines for healthcare workers and professional societies.
Dans also initiated and implemented health researches with local and international collaborations that lead to better understanding of disease prevention and management in the country. Some of his studies were published in international, peer-reviewed, and highly cited journals including the Lancet, a medical journal in United Kingdom.
“He leads the initiatives to strengthen the practice of general internal medicine in the country that provide a holistic approach to patient care through the development of relevant training prorams for physicians,” PhilASST explained.
PhilASST noted that the health advocacies of Dr. Dans resulted in the passage of significant legislations such as the Sin Tax Law that has had a positive effect on the government’s anti-smoking campaign.
The award was established in 2012 and was in honor of Dr. Paulo C. Campos, a National Scientist and a former president of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and the PhilASST.