Eight faculty and staff members from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will travel to Thailand for a science and research summit this month, according to a University release.
The International Medicine Programs are co-sponsoring a three-day scientific summit with Kohn Kaen University in Thailand that will begin June 27. The summit will connect researchers and encourage faculty members at both universities to work together on immunology, tropical medicine and cures for cancer and HIV. The summit will also include training sessions on regulated research practices.
Faculty at GW and Khon Kaen University have worked together in the past, researching a foodborne liver fluke and its relationship to cancer, Huda Ayas, the associate dean for international medicine and executive director of the Office of International Medicine Programs, said in the release. She said this conference is a chance to further build those relationships.
“Our latest collaboration, the scientific summit, will further benefit faculty and students at GW and Khon Kaen University,” Ayas said.
The SMHS faculty members attending the summit share research interests with researchers at Khon Kaen University, and some faculty have already worked with their counterparts in Thailand, she added.
“We recognize that international research partnerships take time, but are confident that this summit will be a springboard for research collaborations between GW and KKU faculty and a model for future international scientific summits in other countries,” Ayas said.
Ayas, Jeffrey Bethony, a professor of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at SMHS, and Pewpan Maleewong, a professor of parasitology and the associate dean for research affairs at Kohn Kaen University organized the summit.
David Diemert, an associate professor of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine who will be attending the conference, said in an email that he hopes to establish relationships with colleagues in Thailand.
“KKU investigators are world-renowned for their research on neglected tropical diseases, my area of interest,” Diemert said. “I’m excited to hear more about their latest research and potentially enter into collaborations.”