Research and Higher Degrees Regulations

Research and Higher Degrees Regulations

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Centre for Health Research and Diagnostics

The Divine Word University Centre for Health Research & Diagnostics was established (CHRD) in 2010. The mission of the Centre is to promote and advance health and medical research. The Centre is not limited to research but also provide opportunities for training, student learning, service, and health policy advocacy. The Centre has identified four Key Research Areas (KRAs) for which it is focused in its research endeavors where University academic staff can be affiliated and conduct research in anyone of the KRAs. The Center also provides diagnostic services to clients, students, and community.

Professor Francis W. Hombhanje MD
Director Centre for Health Research and Diagnostics

Staff at the Centre

Research Staff
Prof/Dr. Francis W. Hombhanje, MD – Director ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Technical Staff
Mr. Joseph Pawiying, BMLS – Laboratory scientist/Technologist & Laboratory Manager
Ms Cathy Kupe, BMLS - Laboratory scientist/Technologist 

Administrative Staff
Ms Jessica Popen, BA ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Key Research Areas


The Centre has identified five key research areas (KRAs) which provide the platform for research. Research can be conducted within any of the KRA as outlined:

KRA1: Clinical Research– which involves human subjects in hospital or in non-hospital settings.
KRA2: Health Services and health system Research – which involves research into health system and health care service delivery.
KRA3: Population and Public Health Research– which involves research into epidemiology, community health or socio-behaviour sciences.
KRA4: Biomedical Research – which involves basic/laboratory-based research

Research Partners


Collaborating Researcher Institutions

Department of International Affairs and Tropical Medicine
Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
(Facilitator: Prof/Dr. Francis W. Hombhanje; Contact Person: Prof. Takahiro Tsukahara)

Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
(Facilitator: (Prof/Dr. Francis W. Hombhanje; Contact Person: Professor Toshihiro Mita)

Nossal Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia
(Facilitator: Ms Irene Semos)

Karolinska Instituet, Stockholm, Sweden
(Contact person: Prof. Akira Kaneko)

PNG University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea
(Contact person Dr. Dr. Subramaniyam Kopalakrishanan)

Trainning and Diagnostic Services

The Centre conducts Rural Laboratory Assistants (RLA) and Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA) for National Department of Health (NDoH) since 2010. The Centre also provides laboratory diagnostic services to both private and public clients on user pay policy practices.

Current Research Activities

  1. In-vitro and molecular monitoring of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum at the time of the introduction of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in Papua New Guinea (Lead investigator: Prof. Francis Hombhanje in collaboration with Prof. Toshihiro Mita)
  2. Antimicrobial drug resistant pattern at Surgery Department of Modilon General Hospital, Madang, Papua New Guinea (Lead investigator: Associate Prof. Jerzy Kuzma in collaboration with Prof. Francis Hombhanje)
  3. Investigation of pharmacology, genetics, and sociology in relation to antimalarial drugs and their implications for malaria control in Papua New Guinea. (Lead investigator: Dr. Takahiro Tsukahara in collaboration with Prof. Francis Hombhanje)
  4. Assessing the risks of treatment failure in implementing mg/kg – dosing strategies based on weight “banding” in paediatric malaria with Artemether-lumefantrine (AL) and artemisinin-naphthoquine (ANQ) combinations in Maprik rural health care facilities. (Lead investigator: Prof. Francis Hombhanje)
  5. Traditional best practice for HIV in Yangoru-Sausia, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. (Lead investigator: Dr. Clement Manineng in collaboration with Prof. Francis Hombhanje)
  6. Documentation of herbal medicinal use among PLWHIV in East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. (Lead investigator: Dr. Clement Manineng in collaboration with Prof. Francis Hombhanje)
  7. A study to determine the safety and efficacy of adding thioridazine to DOTS therapy for six months in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis starting DOTS and MRD-TB treatment (Lead investigator: Dr. Martin Daimen in collaboration with Prof. Francis Hombhanje)


Modilon Campus, Divine Word University


Centre for Health Sciences Research

Under Construction


Since the 2011 Academic Audit by AUQA, Divine Word University has advanced its research profile in significant ways. The Office of Vice President, Research and Postgraduate Studies (VPRPS) was created in late 2011 followed by the subsequent appointment of the VPRPS in early 2012. The VPRPS is responsible for ensuring quality leadership and management of two core academic activities; Research and Postgraduate Studies, the latter, is inclusive of master and doctoral programs. Whereas all formal research activities are aligned to the DWU Research Plan 2011-2016, our postgraduate studies operate within the Regulations that Guide Research Higher Degree Programs.

The Research Plan, derived from the DWU Strategic Plan 2006–2016, is intended to drive the triple mission of DWU; the acquisition of knowledge (the mission of research), the transmission of knowledge (the mission of teaching), and the application of knowledge (the mission of community engagement). Faculties have begun and will continue to be active participants in the plan as they measure their performances against the key research performance indicators.

Regarding postgraduate studies, except for the Doctor of Philosophy Program, which is offered both full and part time, all other postgraduate masters programs are offered through flexible learning. As the university expands to meet the demands of higher education in PNG, some of these postgraduate masters programs will be offered either on full time basis, online, or through blended learning. For now, the demand to study part-time whilst remaining connected to the workforce, workplace environment, and the social support and security of family, determines the nature of our postgraduate masters programs at DWU. This can pose various challenges, including, that of sustaining quality postgraduate programs in a changing higher education landscape in PNG.

Dr Maretta Kula-Semos (PhD)