Mahidol University has been at the forefront of Thailand's scientific
and medical research from the beginning and the research culture created
in these early years has continued until today. Mahidol University's strength
in medical research has also been recognized
by the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO). As a result,
Mahidol University currently has seven designated
WHO collaborating centers based at various faculties and institutes.
Most research at Mahidol aims to develop innovative solutions
to Thailand's most daunting problems, such as health, agriculture,
and food security, as well as various social problems.
Many involve collaboration with leading research groups
from within Thailand or globally. Subsequently,
Mahidol University was selected as one of Thailand's nine National Research Universities
by the Commission of Higher Education.
In the field of bio-medical science, Mahidol staffshave made key discoveries in understanding
the molecular basis of thalassemia, the problem of drug-resistance in malaria,
the transmission of avian influenza, as well as possible strategies for treatment
and prevention, including development and clinical trials of vaccines.
In the sciences, Mahidol University has helped to introduce novel technologies
to Thailand, including genetic engineering, protein crystallography
and SNPs technology. Research on shrimp, starch and soy sauce biotechnology,
and rubber technology has also made major impacts on Thailand's industries
Mahidol researchers also play important roles in environmental conservation
and wildlife conservation. Then, in social science and humanities,
our researchers have been recognized as leaders in ethnoliguistics, human rights,
gender, cross-border migration, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
This excellence in research has not only enabled Mahidol University to achieve ranking in the Top 500 Universities of HEEACT, butgained numerous awards.
Thus, 20 staff members have won The Outstanding Scientist of Thailand Awards,
the most prestigious science award in Thailand, and several staff havereceived
important awards at the international level, including three Magsaysay Awards,
the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award, and the CIPL Award for preservation
of endangered languages and the Rolex Award for Enterprise.