Presentation of Prince Mahidol Award and Prince Mahidol Award Conference (24/01/2012)
Representing His Majesty the King, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will present the 2011 Prince Mahidol Award to three foreign professors on Wednesday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Chakri Throne Hall within the Grand Palace compound.

Coinciding with the presentation of this prestigious award, the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2012 will take place at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld in Bangkok from January 24-28.

Among the three recipients of the 2011 Prince Mahidol Award, two American professors are the winners in the field of medicine. They are Professor Aaron T. Beck, professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. David T. Wong, adjunct professor emeritus of neurobiology at the Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine. Both are recognized for their successful methods used in the treatment of patients suffering from depression.

The winner in the field of public health is Dr. Ruth F. Bishop, a professorial fellow at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Melbourne. The Australian professor is credited with discovering that diarrhea in children is caused by rotavirus. Her discovery laid the groundwork for development of a vaccine against rotavirus.

After the award presentation to the three recipients, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on behalf of His Majesty the King, will host a banquet for them at 8:00 p.m. on the same day at the Boromrajasathitmaholarn (ºÃÁÃҪʶԵÂÁâËÌÒÃ) Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound.

The Prince Mahidol Award, which is regarded as a prestigious international award, was established 19 years ago in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the father of King Bhumibol. The late Prince Father is recognized as the “Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health of Thailand.” Since the year 2012 marks the 120th birthday anniversary of Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the Government and Thailand Post Company jointly launched a special set of stamps in commemoration of the Prince Father’s exemplary contributions to modern medicine and the improvement of public health in Thailand.

Also in commemoration of the 120th birthday anniversary of Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the Cabinet on January 15 approved the presentation of the title “Father of Thailand’s Tertiary Education” to Prince Mahidol of Songkla, following a proposal by the Ministry of Education. The presentation is in recognition of his contributions to the country’s education system. Prince Mahidol of Songkla negotiated and concluded, on behalf of the Thai government, an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation for assistance to medical and nursing education in Thailand.

As for the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2012, it focuses on theme “Moving towards Universal Health Coverage: Health Financing Matters.” Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is the President of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, will preside over the opening session and the keynote session on January 26.

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