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Mahidol University-Working Group on Capacity Strengthening in Nutrition and Infection


The Working Group on "Capacity Strengthening in Nutrition and Infection" was appointed by the former President of Mahidol University, Professor Dr. Pornchai Matangkasombut on October 9, 2002. The Working Group's mission aims to provide directions for capacity strengthening 'faculty members' in the area of nutrition and infection; to screen appropriate candidates annually to be interviewed for the Ellison Medical Foundation (EMF) Fellowship; and to supervise the EMF fellows on their research project.

Advisors of the Working Group: President of Mahidol University; Vice President of Mahidol University for Research; and Director, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University (INMU).

Members of the Working Group consists of:

1. Associate Professor Emorn Wasantwisut, Deputy Director for Research and Academic Affairs, INMU ----- CHAIR

2. Professor Kanok Pavasuthipaisit, Director, Institute of Science and Technology for Research and Development

3. Professor Boonmee Sathapatayavongs, Deputy Dean for Education, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital

4. Associate Professor Napatawn Banchuin, Chair, Department of Immunology, Assistant Dean for Research and Education, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital

5. Associate Professor Sansanee Chaiyaroj, Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of Science

6. Associate Professor Pratap Singhasivanon, Deputy Dean for Policy and Development, Director-Vaccine Trial Center, Faculty of Tropical Medicine

Areas of Emphasis

The Working Group proposed the following infections as priority areas, based upon the research strength of Mahidol University: Malaria, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Parasite Infestation (hookworm, Opisthorchis viverrini), Helicobacter pylori, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Leptospirosis, Mycobacterium species etc. Research activities should focus on the impact of 'nutritional status' or malnutrition on 'immune system' or 'genetics' that covers postgenomic, proteomics and functional genomics.

Career Path

The Working Group proposed that EMF-INF Fellows, upon return to the University, should be granted opportunity to continue the mainline of research with appropriate workload between research and clinical practice. The Working Group will bring up this issue to consult further with administrative body of Mahidol University. It is expected that the EMF-INF Fellows of Mahidol University will form a network and become the 'Trainers' in the region in their specialty areas.

EMF-INF Fellowships Program on Nutrition and Infection: Fellowship Recipients of Mahidol University, Thailand (2003-2006)

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