Biotech NSTDA, Chiang Mai University and Mahidol University together announced the successful development of a dengue vaccine, the first of this kind in the world. Following the achievement, they signed an authorization for Bionedd-Asia to develop a dengue vaccine in the near future.
On February 21st 2011, Dr. Weerachai Weerametheekul, the minister of Science and Technology, with Dr. Thaweesak Koanathakul, of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the presidents of Chiang Mai and Mahidol universities, announced publicly this important breakthrough and the agreement to develop and produce a dengue vaccine to protect the people of the world.
The project to develop a dengue vaccine was initiated in 2000 by Assoc. Professor Dr. Nopporn Sitthisombat, and Dr. Poonsuk Keelapang of Chiang Mai University and the Network Technology of Biomedical Sciences Research Unit, Department of Genetic Engineering and Technology, and research teams of Mahidol University led by Assoc. Professor Dr. Suthee Yoksan . Together, they have successfully created and tested four serotypes of the dengue vaccine Chemeric Live - attenceated.
Dengue has been a major killer, and after more than 30 years of rigorous development of a dengue vaccine to combat the four strains to prevent being subjected to recurring infections Thus, this new vaccine will be an important medication to prevent epidemics from occurring.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established on the 18th March 1960. TAT was the first organization in Thailand to be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism.
TAT supplies information and data on tourist areas to the public, publicizes Thailand with the intention of encouraging both Thai and international tourists to travel in and around Thailand, conducts studies to set development plans for tourist destinations, and co-operates with and supports the production and development of personnel in the field of tourism.
Since the inception of the first local office of TAT in Chiang Mai in 1968, there are now 35 regional offices throughout Thailand. TAT has also established many overseas offices the first being in New York, which was opened in 1965. During the past 30 years, TAT has since established 15 more offices in different parts of the world.