The Committee Meeting


Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol Appoints

Khunying Luxanachantorn Laohapun to Open

the Executive Organizing Committee Meeting for

the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress

Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI),02appointed Khunying Luxanachantorn Laohapun, CRI Executive Vice-president, to open the Executive Organizing Committee meeting on October 6th, 2016, at the CRI Convention Center, in order to make the necessary preparations for the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress under the theme of “Environmental Health: Inter-linkages among the Environment, Chemicals and Infectious Agents”, which will be held from November 13-17, 2016 at the Shangri-la Hotel, to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the seventh cycle (84 years) birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

The main objectives of the meeting were to follow up on progress on the preparations for the Congress and to discuss the various issues involved. The organization of this Congress is also receiving support from other agencies, including from the government and private sectors.03

The theme of the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress is, “Environmental Health: Inter-linkages among the Environment, Chemicals and Infectious Agents”, which is in line with the views of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, who has consistently emphasized the importance of research and development in environmental health, which can integrate the fields of environmental science, chemical safety and infectious agents. The Congress will also provide an opportunity for building capacity in the areas of public health, medicine, and related fields of science, towards the ultimate improvement of quality of life for the people, and the sustainable development of environmental health, both nationally and globally.

The 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress will provide an important platform for showcasing research findings in the areas 04of the environment, chemicals and infectious agents, and the interplay among the three in impacts on human health, which will be important in the prevention and mitigation of environmental health problems. It will also provide an opportunity for scientists from international organizations and leading academic and research institutions from all around the world and from different fields of science to meet and share knowledge and experiences, and a stage for local scientists to present their important findings to an international audience. It is expected that this will result in collaborations at the national, regional and international levels and ultimately result in tangible benefits to mankind.

The format of the Congress will include a keynote lecture, nobel laureate lecture, plenary sessions, symposia, and a roundtable discussion.  The nobel laureate lecture will be given by a Nobel Laureate in the field of Chemistry, Distinguished University Professor Aaron Ciechanover, Faculty of Medicine Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, on the

topic of “Why our proteins have to die, so we shall live? The ubiquitin proteolytic system from basic mechanisms thru human disease and on to drug development”.

Professor Ciechanover is an important Israeli scientist, whose research is internationally recognized to be of the highest caliber.05 His discovery of the ubiquitin pathway for cellular protein degradation won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004. The ubiquitin pathway is an important pathway for degradation of proteins within the cell. Abnormalities in this system cause accumulation of proteins in the cell, which has been implicated in the etiology of various diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. These are significant findings, with potential implications for development of therapeutics to treat these diseases.

In addition to the nobel laureate lecture, there will be special lectures from leading scientists from sixteen countries around the world, including from international organizations, e.g. Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh (Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia), Dr. Curtis C. Harris (National Cancer Institute, U.S.A.), and Dr. Norbert Frank (German Cancer Research Center).

The 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress is expected to be attended by more than 600 participants from 30 countries. It will provide an important opportunity for participants to receive information on the latest developments in the field of environmental health, and the inter-linkages among the environment, chemicals and infectious agents. It will also help develop the capacity of personnel in the fields of science, biomedical science, medicine  and public health towards the successful prevention and alleviation of environmental health problems. Importantly, it will provide an opportunity for scientists, researchers and graduate students to present their research findings to the public in the form of platform and poster presentations.

The Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress was first held in 1985. It is a conference that involves several different fields of science and is held every three to five years to commemorate the various royal occasions of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. It also provides an important platform for scientists, both local and international, to exchange knowledge, experiences and information, towards future collaborations and the advancement of science.



Administrative and Public Relations Division

Chulabhorn Research Institute

October 21, 2016  (15:25 hrs.)

Translater : Dr. Daam  Settachan