Announcement of Prince Mahidol Award 2023

Announcement of Prince Mahidol Award 2023

วันที่นำเข้าข้อมูล 17 Nov 2023

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On 16 November 2023, the Prince Mahidol Award (PMA) Foundation under the Royal Patronage held the annual joint press conference to announce the Prince Mahidol Award Laureates for 2023. The announcement was made by Professor Apichat Asavamongkolkul, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University as Vice President of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation; Clinical Professor Supat Vanichakarn, Secretary General of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage; Mrs. Kanchana Patarachoke, Director-General of the Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Public Relations of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation; Professor Dr.Prasit Watanapa, Chairman of the International Award Committee of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation; H.E. Mr. Paolo Dionisi, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand; and Mr. Dick Custin, Counsellor for Public Affairs as representative of United States Ambassador to Thailand.

This year's results are as follows:

In the field of Medicine, Professor Napoleone Ferrara, M.D. from USA / Italy won the prize for his discovery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the subsequent development of Bevacizumab as a treatment for highly vascularized, aggressive cancers and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

In the field of Public Health, Dr. Barry H. Rumack, M.D. from USA won the prize for his creation of the Rumack–Matthews nomogram that has allowed doctors all over the world to appropriately diagnose paracetamol toxicity.

On this occasion, the Italian Ambassador expressed his gratitude, feeling honored that for the first time a fellow Italian national has been acknowledged for the latter's contributions in international medicine. Such recognition, he underlined, reflected and further promoted Italy's medical potential. The Ambassador also highlighted Rome's readiness in supporting the exchange of medical studies between Thai and Italian students.

In addition, on behalf of the US Ambassador, Mr. Custin also expressed his appreciation for the announcement and was proud that an increasing number of American nationals have been recognized by the prestigious Award for their acheivements. The representative of the Embassy also underscored the long-existing cordial relations between Thailand and the US with commitment to further enhance their close cooperation in public health in the future.

Established in honor of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla as “The Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health of Thailand," PMA recognizes individual(s) or institution(s) with outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of the international medical and public health services. Each Award consists of a medal, a certificate, and a prize to the sum of 100,000 USD. The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held at the Chakri Throne on 24 January 2024.