National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) organised the third National Outstanding Researcher Award of the year 2021” to honour Thai researchers with outstanding contributions to Thai education and Thailand.
NRCT announced the 7 winners of the 2021 National Outstanding Researcher Award in five fields. One of them is Professor Dr Kesara Na-Bangchang, Professor from Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, as an outstanding researcher in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science.
Dr Wiparat De-ong, Director of NRCT said, “Professor Dr Kesara Na-Bangchang was recognized with the national outstanding researcher award by NRCT because of her consistent initiatives and devotion to research. She is one of the key contributors in promoting research and pursuing studies in the area of the pharmacology of Malaria and Cholangiocarcinoma in Thailand to meet international standards and is recognized internationally.”
“Both Thai and international researchers expressed interest, followed and adopted her works for further studies, for example, pharmacokinetic studies, studies funded by public and private research organizations for Malaria infection and Cholangiocarcinoma, including international organizations such as UNDP World Bank Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases: WHO/TDR where she was responsible as the Director. She also provided academic services which include knowledge, training, as well as audit and assessment of research projects associated with research standards to Thai and international researchers,” Dr Wiparat added.
Prof. Dr Kesara is also ranked among the list of “Top 2% World’s Scientists” for the year of 2020 by Stanford University, USA, has been awarded for her studies and contribution to various publications and references of studies in academic journals.
The National Outstanding Researcher Award recognizes Thai researchers who are dedicated to a specific subject or multiple subjects in a group of academic disciplines or interdisciplinarity of research on a regular basis and have made contributions to outstanding research with initiatives for not less than 5 years.
The award emphasizes Thai researchers with professional ethics who are well recognized and accepted in each academic discipline for their research that benefit Thailand’s economics, community, society and policy which can be used as the prototype for other researchers in the future.
Those who are recognized as the National Outstanding Researcher will receive the award with the certificate and the prize money at Thailand Inventor’s Day 2021.