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Recent and Ongoing Projects
Because of the University of Hawaii’s connection with the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (see below), many trainees in Thailand have done projects related to HIV/AIDS, but there is also a group that has been looking at the epidemiology of dengue, and another trainee focused on preventing traumatic brain injury.
Chulalongkorn University, located in a former royal palace in Bangkok, was established by King Vajiravudh in 1917, making it Thailand’s oldest university. Previous collaborations with UMN include a study on the effects of anti-retroviral therapy on pulmonary function (PI: Ken Kunisaki, MD), the epidemiology of influenza (PI: Osterholm, PhD, MPH), and training grants to build capacity for disease surveillance, detection, and response to zoonotic pandemics. A Veterinary Public Health (VPH) residency program based on UMN’s own VPH residency is also ongoing.
The Southeast Asia Research Collaboration with Hawaii (SEARCH) is actually a partnership between the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC), the Hawai’i Center for AIDS at UH, and the Armed Forces Research Institute of the Medical Sciences (AFRIMS). SEARCH serves as both a training center for physicians and other health workers working with HIV/AIDS and a research center. Since 2005, research has included studies of HIV-related dementia, metabolic toxicity, vaccine development, pediatric HIV, opportunistic co-infections, and sexual health. The current chief of SEARCH, Nittaya Phanuphak, MD, PhD was a Fogarty Fellow from 2012-2013.
Thammasat University, located in Bangkok, has been collaborating with the UW School of Dentistry since 2006, and training grants have brought about 30 Thai researchers to the UW for training. Some of those researchers have come from Khon Kaen University, which also has long-standing ties to UW Dentistry, and was founded in 1966 in Northeastern Thailand.