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 Department of Parasitology

         Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

 History

                Parasitology was originally a unit of the Department of Pathology until 1967 when the National Education Council recognized its entity and upgraded the unit to “Department of Parasitology” in January 10th, 1967, with Professor Dr. Anond Pradatsuntarasarn as Head of Department.

Head of Department

1967-1980            Prof. Dr. Anond Pradatsundarasar

1981-1984            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kampol Pechranond

1985-1992            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phisai Kraivichian

1993-1996            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Medhi Kulkumthorn

1997-2000            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somchai Jongwutiwes

2001-2004            Assoc. Prof. Surang Nuchprayoon

2005-2008            Prof. Dr. Somchai Jongwutiwes

2009-2012            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Padet Siriyasatien

2013-                     Prof. Dr. Surang Nuchprayoon

Location

                The office of the department moved from Pathology building to Forensic Science building. when “Anandamahidol” building was opened in 1983, the department of Parasitology was located in the sixth floor. The department of Parasitology moved again to the current office on the 18th floor of “Aor Por Ror” building in 2001.

Academic activities

                The Department of Parasitology focused on teaching medical students, graduate students, and medical personnel in important and re-emerging parasitic diseases in the era of globalization. Moreover, the Department provide diagnostic services specialized treatment for patients at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital as well as consultation to physicians. We serve around 30,000 patients annually. In additional, the department provide community care in association with King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.

                With advancement in immunology, molecular biology, and related sciences, parasitology integrates these technology into its discipline. The department promotes state-of-the art teaching, research, and diagnostic service environment for the faculty of medicine, Chulalongkorn university, and the KCMH hospital.

Courses, Curriculum, and teaching activities

                The department has provided and keep improving courses for the curriculums that the department have the responsibilities in. Historically, the department was solely responsible for “Medical Parasitology” course for Chulalongkorn University medical curriculum from 1971 to 1995. When the medical curriculum has moved toward integration in 1996, the department of parasitology was responsible for organizing a course for “Infection II”. In the revised Chulalongkorn medical curriculum since 2005, the departments parasitology participated in several core courses, including:

                Principle of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology

Clinical Hematology and Systemic Infections

Cardiovascular System II

Respiratory System II

Connective Tissue, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal System

Alimentary System II

Clinical Immunology and Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts

Additionally, the department offers elective courses in M.D. program and some integration courses with other departments. The department was involved mainly with the 3rd year medical students , which varies from 180 to 316 students annually. It also administers a graduate curriculum for Master of Science (M.Sc. in Medical Parasitology) since 1997.

                The department provided elective education in tropical diseases for overseas medical students including USA, UK, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Austria and other countries. Also, Special lectures are constantly provided to medical and pediatric resident and fellow in infectious diseases.

Services

                The Department of Parasitology offers diagnostic laboratory test for parasitic infections for the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The quality of laboratory services is accepted as reference laboratory by department of medical sciences. It also provide a out-patient clinic specialized in treatment of parasitic and tropical disease for the KCMH.

Parasitology subspecialty

                The Department has designated sub-specialized units for helminthology, protozoology, entomology, immunology, outpatient services, and laboratory services. Furthermore, two research units was recognized by the Chulalongkorn University; the Filariasis Research Unit , led by Professor Dr. Surang Nuchprayoon and the Molecular Biology of Malaria and Opportunistic Infections research unit, led by Professor Dr. Somchai Jongwutiwes.

Research and Published Articles

                The department conducts research to gain new knowledge related to parasitology including case reports in sporadic and endemic infection, epidemiological studies both with microscopic and molecular level, and advance in diagnostic tests. These discoveries is published in leading journals both domestic and international level. During 2008-2012 the number of published articles is 70 compared to 55 in 2002-2007 and 40 between 1996-2001. The department’s current area of research includes:

- identification of filarial species in humans, mosquitoes, and other reservoirs using molecular methods.

-Applying advanced molecular biology to identify the species in Thai and foreign laborers to contain and control the disease.

-Advance in the treatment of filariasis that increase effectiveness and decrease adverse effects.

-Treatment of Gnathostomiasis.

- Laboratory test of hookworm and Trichuris trichiura.

-Amoeba culture (both free-living and parasitic)

-Molecular diagnosis of Malaria

-Development of diagnosis of Pneumocystis jiroveci from sputum

Many research are considered new discoveries in the national or even worldwide level such as

-First case report of visceral leishmaniasis in Thailand.

-First epidemic of Trichinella psuedospiralis in the World.

-First case of Plasmodium knowlesi patient in Thailand.

-First case of corneal infection from Trachipleistophora anthropopthera in the World.

                The faculty member of the department receive many distinguished awards such as
                                -Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaturong Putaporntip (Vivax Malaria Research 2005 and Beyond)

                                -Prof. Dr. Somchai Jongwutiwes for Distinctive research unit in medical science

 

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