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Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti Received the 40th Sood Sangvichien Lecture Award


          On November 18th, 2009, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University organized an award ceremony for Sood Sangvichien Lecture 2009 for Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti, Department of Biochemistry and Head of the Center of Excellence in Protein Structure and Function, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. Clin. Prof. Teerawat Kulthanan, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital presented the award. The event took place at Tripetch Room, 15th Floor, 100th Year Somdech Phra Srinagarindra, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital.

         On this occasion, Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti delivered a lecture, “From Structural Biology Towards a Better Understanding of Life.” He acknowledged that structural biology covers the study of biological system, starting at large molecules, organelles, cell, tissue, organ, and body. With the development in research and technology, structural biology has cover and connects various disciplines, such as physiology and biochemistry. The purpose of structural biology is to understand the relationship between structure and function of life.

         With the interest in biochemistry and protein since his undergraduate studies, Prof. Svasti studied in many leading protein research labs under the supervision of many world-class structural biologists. Not only has he conducted research, he also understood science even further. Thus, at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, besides teaching, he conducted research on structural biology with the goal to promote research. His research covered two fields, which were 1) study the relationship between protein structure and function, and 2) study the changes in protein content or structure and their effects on disease. Prof. Svasti also took the management position at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, professional organizations as well as international organizations. His latest posts were the chairman of The Science Society of Thailand Under the Patronage of His Majesty the King and Head of the Biochemistry Laboratory at the Chulabhorn Research Institute. What interest Prof. Svasti in his work for over 35 years was the perception that “Science is the central discipline that unifies people from different university/institution in the country, with difference in ethnicity, religion, ideology, or political viewpoint to work for a greater good of humanity.”

         Clin. Prof. Teerawat Kulthanan, Chairman of the Sood Sangvichien Lecture Award 2009 Selection Committee agreed that from the sub-committee meeting, unanimous decision was obtained. Prof. M.R. Jisnuson Svasti is an appropriate candidate for this year’s award. Prof. Svasti is an expert with experience in biochemistry at the international level, and he has over 140 publications in international journals and 28 publications at the national as well as 5 Thai textbooks

         Sood Sangvichien Lecture is a memorial lecture to honor Prof. Sude Sangwichian, M.D., Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital and formal Head of the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Prof. Sangvichien is a renaissance man in the field of medicine in Thailand. He is a well-respected medical instructor and a researcher who has deep and continuous broad interests. Sood Sangvichien Lecture was initiated in 1970, and has been carried out annually. For each lecture, an expert in the field who has a well-documented research impact in the discipline would deliver the lecture. The disciplines include basic medical science, genetics, medical education, medical history, Audio Visual, human physiology, evolutionary biology, history, and biology. The individual chosen is not dependent on gender, age, nationality, religion, or institution. If the recipient is a foreigner, the research project must be conducted in Thailand or be conducting research relating to Thailand. The award recipient receives a cash price of 50,000 Baht.

Post Date : December 4, 2009

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