Although Travel Medicine is a relatively new field of medicine, it is becoming increasingly more important especially in the era of globalization. More than 800 million people travel internationally each year. Many travel medicine-related activities such as travel clinics, researches and educations are well established in the western world. But in Thailand, very limited activities have been done before.
Since the establishment of Thai Travel Clinic and Travel Medicine Research Unit in 2005, we had conducted several researches in Thai and in foreigners traveling in Thailand and Southeast Asia. We were able to publish our manuscripts in peer-reviewed international journal such as Journal of Travel Medicine, Vaccine, and American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Our selected publications are listed here. We hope that our research will help us to understand the health risk among travelers in this region. We believe that the better we understand them, the better care we could provide.
Previous MCTM Student researches
Each year, our unit could accommodate one Master degree of Clinical Tropical Medicine (MCTM) student to conduct a research in travel medicine related field. Here are the list of our recent successful students and their research titles.
2011/12 Dr. Nils Kaehler from Germany
Sexual behaviour of foreign backpackers in Khao San Road area, Bangkok, Thailand
2010/11 Dr. Wataru Kashino from Japan
Incidence of rabies exposure among Japanese expatriates and travelers in Thailand
2009/10 Dr. Dipendra Sharma from Nepal
Detection of Chikungunya Seropositivity in Thai travelers to the southern part of Thailand
2008/09 Dr. Emanuel Luttersdorfer from Austria
Seroprevalence of Dengue antibodies among foreign travelers in South East Asia
2007/08 Dr. Elsideg Ahmed Mohammed Abdelrhaman from Sudan
Emergence and clearanceof gametocyte in complicated P.falciparum malaria
Current Research activities
The research focus of our unit is on travel medicine related field. We are interested in health problems among foreigners visiting Thailand and Southeast Asia as well as the incidence and impact of health problems among Thais who are traveling either domestically or internationally. Here is the list of our current research.
Traveling during great flood in Thailand 2011
Spectrum of diseases among foreign travellers in Thailand
Incidence and Impact of diarrhea among travelers in SE Asia - A Suvarnabhumi airport survey
Malaria risk in Thai travellers visiting Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
Some of our research activities and our research assistants/volunteers