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What's inside: Faculty administrators attend opening ceremony for new hospital at Mie University…............…….……...2 z Faculty Signs MOU with Aichi Medical University for student and staff exchanges …………….......….…..3 z IMSUT and Faculty sign research collaboration agreement on cholangiocarcinoma ……….......…….…4-5 z WHO SEAR and WPR Delegates train at Srinagarind Hospital ………………………….………..........……6 z Welcome International Relations consultant from Japan ……………………………….………...........…..….7 z Mekong researchers trained at TDR………………………………………………………………...........……….8 z


Faculty administrators attend opening of new Mie University Hospital Between November 25, 2011, Professor Pisake Lumbiganon (Dean, Faculty of Medicine),

Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul (Director, Srinagarind Hospital), Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk (Associate Dean for Special and International Affairs) and Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit (Vice Director of the Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center) attended the opening ceremony for the new hospital at Mie University, Japan. Our Faculty was one of only four foreign institutions invited. The new Mie university hospital is a 685-bed facility, which provides modern, high-tech healthcare in Mie Prefecture. The hospital is also a center for training medical and nursing students. During the visit , Professor Pisake Lumbiganon and the team paid a courtesy visit to Professor Atsumasa Uchida (President), Professsot Hye-Sook Park (Executive Vice President for Environmental and International Affairs), Professor Hiroshi Ehara (Vice President), Professor Tsutomu Nobori (Dean, School of Medicine) and Professor Kan Takeda (Director of Mie University Hospital). Khon Kaen University was also honoured as the first institution among its foreign partnerships held by Mie University. On November 24, 2011, Professor Pisake Lumbiganon gave a special lecture on "Evidence-based Practices: the Role of Research Synthesis" to many Japanese medical students and doctors.

Courtesy visit to Professor Atsumasa Uchida, President of Mie University: Professor Hye-Sook Park, Executive Vice President for Environmental and International Affairs, and Professor Hiroshi Ehara, Vice President

Exchanging opinions with Professor Atsumasa Uchida, and collegues

Courtesy visit to Professor Tsutomu Nobori, Dean, School of Medicine (left) and Professor Kan Takeda, Director of Mie University Hospital (right)

(Left-right) Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk, Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Professor Tsutomu Nobori and Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul

Professor Pisake Lumbiganon giving a special lecture on "Evidence-based Practices: the Role of Research Synthesis" to Mie University students.

Medical students attending the lecture.

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Faculty Signs MOU with Aichi Medical University for Student and Staff Exchanges On November 22, 2011, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Aichi Medical

University, Japan and Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University Professor Pisake Lumbiganon (Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul (Director, Srinagarind Hospital), Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk (Associate Dean for Special and International Affairs), Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit (Vice Director of Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center) and Associate Professor Surapon Wiangnon (Chair, Cancer Committee of Srinagarind Hospital) attend MOU signing ceremony between the Faculty and Aichi Medical University held at Aichi Medical University, Japan. Associate Professor Surapon Wiangnon and Professor Masahito Tsurusawa, Vice President of Aichi Medical University, initiated the collaboration between our two institutions. Professor Naohisa Ishikawa, President of Aichi Medical University presided over the ceremony. Professor Masahito Tsurusawa, Vice President of Aichi Medical University, Professor Shinsuke Saga, Dean, School of Medicine, Professor Hideto Watanabe, Chair of International Exchange committee and Professor Yoshitaka Hosokawa, Head of Academic Affairs Department were in attendance. After the ceremony, Professor Pisake and the team visited the university hospital guided by Professor Masahito Tsurusawa and Professor Hideto Watanabe. In March 2013, our Faculty will send its first group of medical students to participate in an exchange program at Aichi Medical University. The first group of medical students from Aichi Medical University will visit our Faculty in August 2013.

(Left-right) Professor Naohisa Ishikawa (President of Aichi Medical University) and Professor Pisake Lumbiganon (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University)

Front (left-right): Professor Shinsuke Saga, Professor Pisake Lumbiganon and Professor Naohisa Ishikawa Back (left-right): Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk, Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit, Professor Masahito Tsurusawa, Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, Professor Hideto Watanabe, Associate Professor Surapon Wiangnon, and Professor Yoshitaka Hosokawa

Professor Masahito Tsurusawa giving information about Aichi Medical Hospital to Professor Pisake Lumbiganon and team.

Professor Hideto Watanabe (left) describeing the lecture room to Professor Pisake Lumbiganon.

Professor Pisake Lumbiganon presenting information about the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen Universitu

Students attendingto Dr.Pisake's presentation

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IMSUT and the Faculty Sign a Research Collaboration Agreement on Cholangiocarcinoma Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Faculty (MD-KKU) and the Institute of

Medical Science, the University of Tokyo (IMSUT), Japan (November 28, 2011) Professor Pisake Lumbiganon (Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul (Director, Srinagarind Hospital), Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk (Associate Dean for Special and International Affairs), and Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit (Vice Director of Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center) visited IMSUT to attend the MOU signing ceremony between IMSUT and MD-KKU. The purpose of this MOU is to foster joint research on "the control of cholangiocarcinoma as associated with liver fluke infection".

Professor Hiroshi Kiyono, Dean of IMSUT (left) and Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Dean, Faculty of Medicine (right) signing MOU

Professor Hiroshi Kiyono, Dean of IMSUT, University of Tokyo

Professor Hiroshi Kiyono (Dean, IMSUT) presided over the ceremony and welcomed the delegates from Thailand. Professor Yoshinori Murakami (Vice Dean), Professor Kohzoh Imai (Director of IMSUT Research Hospital) and Professor Arinobu Tojo (Deputy Director of IMSUT Research Hospital) also attended the ceremony. Professor Arinobu Tojo and Professor Yoshinori Murakami kindly guided the MD-KKU team around the IMSUT Research Hospital-a world-class hospital providing holistic treatment and developing new treatment strategies. Professor Pisake Lumbiganon (Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul (Director, Srinagarind Hospital), Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk (Associate Dean for Special and International Affairs), and Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit Research on the "control of cholangiocarcinoma associated with liver fluke infection" is a joint project between our Faculty and four research institutes in Japan (including the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo women's Medical University, the Nagahama Institute of Technology and the Aichi Cancer Center). The head of the Japanese researchers is Professor Yoshinori Murakami while Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit is the head of the Thai researchers. The project has received 30 million ? from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, and the Ministry of Education, Thailand. The project is also partly supported by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency. The project will run between 2010 and 2012.

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Left-right: Mr. Koichi Fukui (IMSUT Administration Officer), Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Professor Arinobu Tojo (Deputy Director of IMSUT Research Hospital), Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit, Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk, Professor Yoshinori Murakami (Vice Dean), and Ms. Bu-nga Tanprasat

Professor Yoshinori Murakami (left), head of Japanese researchers and Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit (right), head of Thai researchers

The research team at the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University includes: Associate Professor Puangrat Yongvanit (Department of Biochemistry), Associate Professor Chawalit Pairojkul (Department of Pathology), Associate Professor Paiboon Sithithaworn (Department of Parasitology), Associate Professor Sopit Wongkham (Department of Biochemistry), Associate Professor Chaisiri Wongkham (Department of Biochemistry), and Associate Professor Somchai Pinlaor (Department of Parasitology).

Left-right: Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul,Mr. Koichi Fukui (IMSUT Administration Officer), Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk, Ms.Pawinee Khamlar and Ms. Bu-nga Tanprasat

Inside laboratory at IMSUT

Left-right: Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul Professor Arinobu Tojo (Deputy Director of IMSUT Research Hospital)

IMSUT Campus

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Faculty member is invited to be a committee member of the Switzerland Ph.D. examination

Associate Professor Banchob Sripa was invited to be a committee member of the Switzerland Ph.D. examination at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland, which is a world class tropical disease institute. Dr. Banchob, a lecturer in the Department Pathology and an expertise in the Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center and Tropical Disease Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University was invited to be a Ph.D. thesis defense committee member of a doctorate student at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on December 20th, 2011. During this time, Dr. Banchob also met and negotiated with Professor Marcel Tanner, Director of Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, about a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two universities. This MOU will be academic and tropical disease research collaboration, students and staff exchange which will especially benefit our students in the international, postgraduate Tropical Medicine curriculum.

WHO SEAR and WHO WPR Delegates Train at Srinagarind Hospital

On October 21st, 2011, Assistant Professor Dhanu Gaysornsiri, Head of Emergency Medical Services and Referrals, welcomed the delegates from the WHO SEAR (South East Asia Region) and WPR (Western Pacific Region) include: Professor Dr. Khondaker Abdul Awal, Director & Professor, NITOR, Dhaka; Dr. AKM Zahir Uddin, Assistant Professor (Ortho Surgery), NITOR, Dhaka; Dr. Waheedur Rahman, MD, Assistant Professor (Ortho Surgery), NITOR, Dhaka; Miss Sultana Parveen, Senior Staff Nurse, NITOR, Dhaka; and, Miss Salma Khanom, Senior Staff Nurse, NITOR, Dhaka. Professor Awal and delegates attended the program for fellowship training on Emergency Medical Service System for Participants at the Trauma and Critical Care Center, Khon Kaen Regional Hospital and Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University between October 17 and 21, 2011. The objectives of the training were to:

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study the Trauma and Emergency care system at the provincial level; study the development of the pre- hospital care system at the provincial level; study the development of integration of injury prevention into the process of trauma care system at the Trauma Center level 1; Z study the role of the institute at the provincial level in developing manpower development system; and, Z observe collaborations among stakeholders sharing roles in providing services in the Trauma and Emergency Care System. Members of the Emergency Medical Services and Referrals presented a program entitled "Emergency Medicine Department System and Services, Accident and Emergency Services, Observed at OPD AE and EMS Services" by Dr. Praew Kotruchin, Dr. Thapanawong Mitsungnern and Miss Kanya Wangsree. Z Z Z

Visiting Professor from Hong Kong University Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Dean of the Faculty

of Medicine, Khon Kaen University welcomed Professor Anthony J. Hedley, J.P., MBChB, MD, Hon MD (Khon Kaen), Dip Soc Med, FFPHM, FRCP (LDN) FACE, Professor of Community Medicine, Hong Kong University. During this visit, Professor Hedley served as the External Evaluator for the 'Epidemiology International Short Course on Training in Research Methodology and Biostatistic' at the Epidemiology Unit, Research Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University between August 1st and November 30th, 2011. Also attending the welcoming ceremony were Professor Somporn Pothinam, former Khon Kaen University President, Associate Professor Suchat Areemit, Professor Wiroon Laupattarakasem, former Dean, Associate Professor Somdej Pinitsoontorn, Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk and Associate Professor Nesinee Chaiear.

Warmest Welcome to Dr. Junji Suzumiya and Dr. Ichiro Moriyama  Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Dean of the Faculty of

Medicine, Khon Kaen University, welcomed Dr. Junji Suzumiya, MD and Dr. Ichiro Moriyama, MD from Shimane University Medical School, Japan. They visited the Tropical Disease Research Laboratory and Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, between October 25 and 28, 2011.

Guang Xi Medical University visited Srinagarind Hospital On December 23, 2011, Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Dean

of the faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University welcomed Professor Ju-en Huang and Associate Professor Mo Jieling, from College of Nursing, Guang Xi Medical University (GMU), China. They were visiting Srinagarind Hospital to learn about different models of health care systems (between December 21 and 23, 2011).

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Welcome International Relations Consultant from Japan Professor Pisake Lumbiganon, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University welcomed Ms. Sachiko Todaka, BA (Human Sciences and Design). Ms. Sachiko Todaka is an International Relations Office consultant at the International Affairs Office, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University.

Warmest Welcome Mr.Michael na Nagara Associate Professor Witoon Prasertcharoensuk, Associate Dean

for International Affairs welcomed Mr. Michael na Nagara, a medical student from the University of Queensland, Australia. Mr. Na Nagara was an elective student in the Department of Surgery, under the International Exchange Program, between October 31 and November 25, 2011.

Mekong researchers trained at TDR  B etween October 3 and 7, 2011, two

researchers from the National Institute of Public Health, Lao PDR (Dr. Youthanavanh Vonghajack and Dr. Bounthunh Chongvilay) and Miss Phung Thi Luyen from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Vietnam (currently working on a Master degree at KKU), attended training in the diagnosis of opisthorchiasis in intermediate hosts at the Tropical Disease Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, KKU. They conducted a field survey of both snails and fish and practiced parasite identification. They also helped with ultrasound screening of patients with opisthorchiasis in aid of early cancer detection at Ban Pao village, Ban Phai district, Khon Kaen province. These activities fall within the scope of the "Mekong Opisthorchiasis Control Initiative" supported by Khon Kaen University and the "Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Control of Asian Schistosomiasis and Other Helminth Zoonoses through Socio-Ecosystem-Based Interventions" as supported by IDRC.


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