JITMM 2013 was a great success, and with over 700 participants from 35 different countries, it was the biggest to date. The three fruitful days of the conference contained  three plenary sessions,149 oral presentations, and over 100 poster presentations on a wide range of topics.

The conference attracted researchers, policy makers, and health personnel from around the world, and provided an excellent opportunity to get an overview of current frontier research, discuss current issues in tropical medicine, and expand professional networks.


To give you more details about JITMM 2013, we have made the abstract book and conference proceedings free to download below. There is also a brief description of our invited speakers.


Online Proceeding 2013


AbstractBook 2013




Invited Speakers

Matthew Berriman

Group Leader, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Dr. Berriman joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger institute Faculty in 2008 and is currently leading a programme in the genomics of Neglected Tropical Disease parasites, including helminths such as schistomosomes, tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, threadworms and whipworms.

Phillip Newmark

Professor of cell and developmental biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Professor Newmark is a scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of Illinois at Urbaba-Champain. His work has been instrumental in establishing the freshwater planarian Schmidtea mediterranea as a model species for studying regeneration at the molecular level.

Pradip Rathod

Adjunct Professor of Global Health Director, NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research for South Asia (South Asia ICEMR), University of Washington

Professor Rathod is the Director of NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research for South Asia, and together with his research group he is currently pursuing four main research directions in malaria pharmacology: Targeting pyrimidine biosynthesis, mutator phenotype modelling, system-wide differences in gene regulation, and new tools for malaria research.

Yongyuth Yuthavong

Senior Researcher, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

Professor Yongyuth Yuthavong is a scientist with interest in the broad issues of public policies, especially concerning application of science and technology for development and human development in general. In 2004, he received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan, for his work on antimalarial drug targets. Presently, Prof. Yongyuth is a Senior Researcher of BIOTEC.

Nicholas J. White

Professor of tropical medicine, Group Head/PI, Consultant Physician, Fellow, Member of Congregation and Supervisor at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Professor White’s diverse interests include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of uncomplicated and severe malaria, meliodosis, enteric fever, tetanus, dengue haemorrhagic fever, Japanese encephalitis and tuberculosis. His particular interests at present include the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria, the prevention of antimalarial drug resistance using artemisinin-based combinations, and the biology of relapse in vivax malaria.

Christopher Plowe

Professor of medicine, of microbiology and immunology, and of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland and investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Professor Plowe’s current research focuses on accelerating the translation of genomics into health interventions. To do this, he exploits genomic advances to improve malaria drugs and vaccines that are already well along in clinical development but whose efficacy is threatened by the parasite's genetic diversity.

Pramote Prasartkul

Professor Pramote Prasartkul is a professor of Demography at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, a member of the Executive Board of the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand, and the Chairman of the National Research Council in the Field of Sociology. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, he continued his studies at Cornell University in United States, where he obtained his PhD in Sociology. His research focuses on Thai demographics, a field which he has expanded significantly, and he is currently one of Thailand's main authorities in the area. His career at Mahidol spans over 35 years, during which time he has authored several books, and published extensively in both Thai and international peer-reviewed journals.

Worawet Suwanrada

Dr. Worawet Suwanrada is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Dean of College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University. His teaching subjects at the Faculty of Economics lie mainly in public economics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are mainly public finance, government spending, tax policy, social security systems - particularly financing pensions and long term care schemes. He conducts both empirical and policy research. He is also currently acting as the project coordinator of Thailand Research Fund's (TRF) umbrella project 'Economic Aspects of Demographic Change'. His research focus tends to shift to local public finance, tax system, and macro-fiscal policy under the context of population aging and fertility decline in Thailand.

Khunying Chamnongsri

Khunying Chamnongsri is the Chairperson of Rutnin Eye Hospital which she co-founded with her late husband, ophthalmologist Dr. Uthai Rutnin. A bilingual writer and poet, she has worked as journalist, directed and scripted documentaries, hosted a radio program, and initiated and chaired historical researches. One of the founders of the Foundation for the Welfare of the Mentally Retarded, she later founded the Harbor House Foundation, for the intervention of the prostitution of young girls in the northern Thailand, and assisted the Ministry of Justice in the areas of domestic violence.

At present she devotes her time to awareness to assist Mahidol Univerfsity on its major initiative on hospices. Her current project looks into the fast-growing problem of Thailand's aging society Her most important contribution to the project is based on her intensive practice of insight buddhiism.

Shigeyuki Kano

Director, Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Research Institute, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Professor Kano’s research in tropical medicine, parasitology, and international health has involved epidemiological studies on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and their control in the context of international medicine.

Jitra Waikagul

Associate Professor Deputy Dean for Administration in the Helminthology department at Mahidol University

Associate Professor Dr. Jitra Waikagul is the Deputy Dean for Administration in the Helminthology department at Mahidol University, and a specialist in the taxonomy and biology of helminths. Her current research involves the life-cycle and biology of trematodes, serodiagnosis of helminths, and biological and biochemical studies on Trichinella nematode.

Ivo Mueller

Research Professor at CRESIB and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne

Professor Ivo Mueller is currently conducting population-based malaria studies for the control and eventual elimination of malaria by bridging from basic Plasmodium biology to clinical development of new interventions. A special focus lies on studying the P. vivax host-parasite interaction and his group is recognised as one of the best in studying the epidemiology of P. vivax.

John Adams

Professor at University of South Florida, Tampa

Professor Adams’ research focuses on the biology of malaria parasites, particularly Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax which cause the majority of human malarial cases. Major questions of his lab’s research include: a) how allelic variation in the ligands helps the parasite evade inhibitory immunity; b) what are the molecular interactions of the malarial ligand that are important to its function; and c) what mechanisms control expression of the invasion-related genes.

Richard Feachem

Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Francisco; Founding Director of the Global Health Group

Professor Sir Richard Feachem served as founding Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Under Secretary General of the United Nations from 2002-2007, prior to returning to UCSF to found The Global Health Group. He is the former Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and also served for six years as Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His principal research areas are malaria elimination, the role of the private sector in health systems strengthening, and the design of effective aid architecture.

Sylvia Meek

Technical Director of Malaria Consortium at the World Health Organisation

Dr Sylvia Meek is the Technical Director of Malaria Consortium at the WHO. For nine years she was the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine based DFID Resource Centre for Malaria Control. Her work includes technical advice especially on programme design, management and evaluation, and technical leadership and strategy development.

Aaron R. Jex

Lecturer in Parasitology at the University of Melbourne

Dr. Jex's broad research interests have included developing improved molecular-based tools to detect and identify human infectious species of Cryptosporidium and Giardia, utilizing whole mitochondrial genome sequences to explore the evolution and systemics of parasite nematodes, and harnessing next-generation sequencing technologies to explore the genomics and transcriptomics of parasites of global socioeconomic importance in humans and animals. He received the 2012 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award in recognition for his outstanding laboratory research in clinical microbiology and antimicrobial agents.

Pilaipan Puthavathana

Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Mahidol University

Professor Puthavathana has over one hundred published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research is focused on clinical virology: investigation for viral etiologic agents prevalence of human diseases such as infection in fetuses and new-borns, viral encephalitis and especially acute viral respiratory infection and emerging viral diseases. Her current research projects are related to the host immune responses to avian influenza H5N1 virus, human influenza viruses and drug resistant influenza viruses.

Pornsawan Leaungwutiwong

Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Mahidol University

Assistant Professor Leaungwutiwong investigates medical virology and tissue culture. She is currently involved in projects investigating Regulatory T cells in an autoimmune mouse model, relationships between MMP expression and D2 infected cells, the molecular mechanism for the transmission of bird flu virus to humans, and determination of the receptor binding specificity of the H5N1 viruses isolated from Thailand.

Wasun Chantratita

Chief of virology and molecular microbiology at the Department of Pathology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University

Professor Chantratita is the chief of virology and molecular microbiology at the Department of Pathology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. His wide research is focused on a) molecular diagnosis of viruses, b) bioinformatics in the field of artificial intelligence and data mining, c) sequencing based genotyping, d) viral genotyping and pharmacogenetics in patients taking antiviral drugs, e) analysis of microsatellite DNA technology, and f) DNA in forensic and paternity testing.

Punnee Pitisuttithum

Professor at the Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University

In her work at the Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University, Professor Pitisuttithum’s areas of expertise are in Clinical studies (Phase I, II, and III drug trials of tropical diseases e.g. cryptococcal meningitis in AIDS, oral candidiasis, and Chinese herbal medicine for AIDS) and Vaccine Trials (Phase I, II, and III of HIV/AIDS vaccine, human Papilloma virus vaccine against cervical cancer, cholera oral vaccine, Shigella vaccine, Rota virus vaccine, Varicella vaccine, and Measles vaccine.

Peter Singer

CEO Grand Challenges Canada

Professor Peter Singer has dedicated the last decade to combining science and innovation to tackle the health challenges of the world’s poorest people. He is well known around the world for his creative solutions to some of the most pressing global health problems. He has advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General’s office and published over 300 research articles.

Tawee Chotpitayasunondh

Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, and the Ministry of Health

Tawee Chotpitayasunondh is a professor with the Ministry of Health and the Department of Paediatrics in Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health specializing in immunology and virology. He has conducted research focusing primarily on pediatric infectious diseases, the H1N1 influenza virus, and HIV transmission.

Teerapong Tantawichien

Professor at Chulalongkorn University

Professor Tantawichien has over sixty published articles in peer-reviewed journals, specialising in infectious diseases. His research focus has been on rabies – its treatment, vaccination, as well as awareness.

Jetsumon (Sattabongkot) Prachumsri

Director of Mahidol Vivax Research Center at and Deputy Dean for Research at Mahidol University Faculty of Tropical Medicine

Dr. Prachumsri is the Director of Mahidol Vivax Research Center at Mahidol University, and the Deputy Dean for research at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine. Her research specialisation is in malaria, and malaria vector biology. Prior to joining the MVRC, Dr. Jetsumon was Chief of the Laboratory Science Section, Department of Entomology, U.S.A. Medical Component, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science, Bangkok.

Suparat Phuanukoonnon

Senior Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia and at Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Papua New Guinea

Dr. Phuanukoonnon is a senior research fellow at both Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and at the Papa New Guinea Institute of Medical Research. She specialises in public health, epidemiology, health promotion and environmental health.

Qijun Chen

Head of the Parasitology Laboratory at the Institute of Pathogen Biology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Qijun Chen is head of the Parasitology Laboratory at the Institute of Pathogen Biology (IPB) in Beijing. IBP is a newly founded national institution specialised in research on important human infectious diseases. With its 290 staff scientists and administrative personnel, IPB is now the largest non-profit research institute affiliated to the Ministry of Health, China.

Arjen Dondrop

Deputy Director and Head of Malaria Research at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Professor Dondorp is the Deputy Director and Head of Malaria Research at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. His main research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria, antimalarial drug resistance and improvement of intensive care practice in developing countries.

Kesinee Chotivanich

Associate Professor at Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Kesinee Chotivanich is an associate professor at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. Her fields of expertise include the pathophysiology of malaria, cultivation of human malaria parasites, and in vitro susceptibility drugs of P. falciparum, P. Vivax.

Joel Tarning

Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Dr. Tarning is the Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit MORU. He started his academic carrier at Gothenburg University in 1997 which lead to a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Pharmaceutical Bioscience. He then continued his graduate degree at the Department of Pharmacology and he received his PhD in Pharmacokinetics in 2007.