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Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University

Website: http://www.md.kku.ac.th/en
Tel: +66 (0) 43 343466, +66 (0) 43 343491, +66 (0) 43 343477, +66 (0) 43 343122
Fax: +66 (0) 43 348375

 
The Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University was established in 1972 as the first medical school in Northeastern Thailand. The Faculty has grown dramatically since its inception.  Currently, one-third of the university’s personnel work for the Faculty, including academic lecturers, doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and supporting staff. The Faculty of Medicine produces medical graduates with a preference for general practice and community medicine, who will work in the medically-underserved areas of the Northeastern Thailand and work toward becoming a center for health research collaborations in the region.
 
OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The MSc in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers students the chance to expand their professional opportunities. Entry requires a BSc or related degree. The program provides comprehensive lectures and research opportunities in both basic and advanced biochemistry and molecular biology. The program generally takes 2 years, one year for course work and another for the research project. Former graduates of the program have found jobs as lecturers, researchers, product managers and product specialists in private companies and in the government sector.
 
The PhD program in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology promotes fundamental research in medical biochemistry and molecular biology. The PhD graduate is expected to have a broadened knowledge, scientific initiative, and the ability to conduct independent and effective research. Our PhD graduates have found work in academics and research in both the private and governmental sectors. For example, our graduates work as lecturers in the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology. Some pursue postdoctoral fellowships abroad, some work as research scientists in national institutions, and others work in industry (i.e., biotechnology, biomedicine and food technology).
 
Master of Science in Community Medicine
The International Program for a Master of Science in Community Medicine is set according to international standards. The program is an educational program for training post-graduates who are able to cement different fields effectively, and who can employ the principles of management to their fullest extent in healthcare development. Furthermore, the post-graduates should develop their vision on health problems, and be able to conduct research and analyze any situation in order to find an appropriate solution. The students should have fully developed social skills, be adept at conflict resolution, exhibit leadership, and have a progressive attitude towards healthcare development and improvement of occupational health and safety.

 
International Short Course in Research Methodology and Biostatistics
The four-month course in Research Methodology and Biostatistics by the Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU), Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University is specifically aimed at mid-level health personnel that usually cannot leave their responsibilities for a longer period.
 
TOP RESEARCH
Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma (Liver Care)

Infection with the liver fluke (Opisthorchis viverrini) is endemic to Northeastern Thailand. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA)--a bile duct cancer--is a common sequel and typical health problem in this area, particularly in Khon Kaen province, where the incidence of this cancer is the highest in the world. Epidemiological and animal studies indicate an association of liver fluke infection with CCA. Since CCA is rare in Western countries, knowledge and research in this field is limited.
 
The Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center (Liver Care) began in 1997 and was encouraged by Khon Kaen University to become established a Center for Excellence in 2002. The objective of the Liver Care is to develop multidisciplinary research leading to a better understanding of carcinogenesis, parasite-host interaction, specific diagnosis, targeted therapy and improvement of quality of life for patients.
 
WHO Collaborating Center for Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health
After consulting with the Thai Government, The World Health Organization has designated the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University as a WHO Collaborating Center for Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health, for a period of four years effective immediately.
 
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION RESEARCH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Melioidosis Research Center

Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the Gram-negative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacterium was categorized by the NIH, USA, as a potential bio-threat agent. The organism naturally exists in the soil and water of Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, where infection is acquired through open wounds or by inhalation. Many cases of melioidosis have been reported worldwide. The mortality rate of septicemic melioidosis in Northeastern Thailand is ~40%.  Annually, the Thai government spends more than 150 million baht for expensive, new generation antibiotics to treat infected patients because the disease has a high rate of relapse. The Melioidosis Research Center works to educate people in endemic areas and conducts research on various aspects of the disease including epidemiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, and better ways of treatment.
 
Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
In the past thirty years, several emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases have appeared and caused public health problems around the world, including in Thailand. In order to establish effective management, prevention, and control of these diseases, intensive research and development are needed.
 
The Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (RCEID) was established in 2005 and is the center for research and diagnosis of the emerging pathogens at Khon Kaen University. RCEID is comprised of clinicians, microbiologists, immunologists, virologists, parasitologists, dentists, veterinarians, laboratory technicians, graduate students from Khon Kaen University, as well as their collaborators from other organizations and institutions.
 
Cleft Lip – Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Deformities
Cleft lip/palate and craniofacial deformities are complex problems involving deformities of the face and other facial structures. The incidence of cleft lip/palate in Northeastern Thailand is 2.49 per 1,000 live-births (~800 infants annually), which is among the highest in the country and the world. This defect affects the infant’s daily living activities as well as their psychosocial development. Treatment should begin in the prenatal period or shortly after delivery and continue until full facial development is completed. The Thailand Cleft and Craniofacial Research Collaboration (TCRC) was established with support from the Center in order to improve clinical outcomes, to do gene-environment and epidemiology research, to serve patients, and to improve care of cleft-lip-cleft palate and craniofacial deformities. Our strategy is improving patients’ quality of life through the active participation of patients and their families.

 

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