A nation adequately protected from infectious and tropical diseases
As the principal research arm of the Department of Health, RITM
will lead in the conduct
of high quality multidisciplinary research and in the development and
production of biologicals and vaccines that contribute significantly to
the prevention and control of infectious and tropical diseases especially
those of public health importance.
- Undertake research activities in the diagnosis, control and
prevention of tropical diseases that are major causes of mortality and morbidity in the
- Develop cost-effective strategies for the control of
- Conduct clinical trials, according to accepted good clinical
practice (GCP) guidelines, aimed at better understanding and control of tropical diseases.
- Conduct regular training courses for medical and paramedical
personnel in the control of common tropical diseases in the country.
- Provide high quality tertiary care to both in-patients and
out-patients suffering from tropical diseases included within the scope of the Institute's
- Participate in the technical cooperation programs with foreign
government in research activities in the diagnosis, control and prevention of tropical
- Apply for, receive, and accept bequests, grants, and donation
of funds, equipment, materials and services needed for the attainment of its objectives.
- Formulate plans of manufacturing of biological products for
use of DOH
- Manufacture of vaccines and biological products for use of DOH
- Plan and execute research and development for the improvement
of existing biological tests vaccines and anti-sera for human use according to accepted
standards of current/certified good manufacturing practices (CGMP)
- Perform such other related activities as may be assigned by
the Secretary of Health.
Research and Training
research facilities of RITM housed in a two-storey building and are designed for the diagnosis
of infectious and tropical diseases. The Institute is equipped with ample technical
support for the conduct of valid and reliable scientific investigations. It also has the
equipment support need to undertake its varied research activities. The following are the
research core laboratories: 1) monoclonal and cell culture; 2) immunofluorescence; 3)
scanning and electron microscopy; 4) high pressure liquid chromatography; 5) virology,
bacteriology, mycobacteriology and parasitology examinations; 6) laboratory and field
diagnosis of mosquito-borne diseases; and 7) molecular biology. It has a 35-bed research
hospital consisting of an ICU, wards and isolation rooms. The hospital provides care of
patients needing tertiary management of infectious and/or tropical diseases. The research
hospital has a clinical and a blood-banking laboratory. The major units of the Institute
are connected by a local area network having a core facility for Internet use.
The Center of Training in Tropical
Infectious Diseases (TC or training center) is a two-storey building with the following
facilities: 1) Conference Theater this facility is a 250 person capacity auditorium
ideal for use in plenary sessions during seminars and conferences. It has audio-visual
equipments such as LCD projector and extra wide projection screen; 2) Laboratories
the TC has a laboratory for hands-on training and is provided with basic equipments
required for the conduct of research and training in bacteriology, virology, parasitology,
biochemistry and tissue culture; 3) Lecture rooms there are three lecture
each can accommodate 30-40 persons, capable of combining to accommodate 70 persons; 4)
Dormitory this facility is used by in-house staff and trainees which includes
single, double and quadruple occupancy rooms (air-conditioning is limited only to single
and double occupancy faculty/visiting researcher rooms); and 5) Dining hall
self-service canteen which can accommodate about 100-110 persons.
This facility was
designed to meet "good manufacturing practice" standards for the production of
selected vaccines for local use as well packaging of filled vaccine vials from bulk.
- Remigio M. Olveda, MD
- Socorro P. Lupisan, MD
- Beatriz P. Quiambao, MD
Chief, Clinical Research Division
- Celia C. Carlos, MDChief, Laboratory Research Division
- Lilia C. Gonzales, MD, MPHChief, Biologicals Production Division
- Rodolfo B. Villarico, CPAChief, Administrative Division
|A panoramic view of RITM with
detailed views of the training facilities are found here [ photo