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Accueil > Séminaires > Archive des séminaires d’Utinam > Archive des séminaires de physique (jusqu’en 2011) > 2009

When biomedicalresearch meets physical/theoretical research : Research in the Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University

par Edith Burgey -

Sukkid Yasothornsrikul

faculté de médecine de Naresuan (Thaïlande)

Mardi 26 mai 2009

Résumé : As an Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Medical Science at Naresuan University, I have summarized the area of research interests in our faculty to mainly 7 areas which are Thai herbal medicine, Cancer, Neuroscience, Forensic science, Infectious diseases, Biodiversity, and Toxicology. Nonetheless there are some other interesting topics emerging from our freshly graduated young staff.Of course, as the faculty of medical science, most of our current researchisfocused onbiological points of view.I would like to introduce to youour sides of the storiesand will try to convince you of the essence ofphysical/ theoretical researchin better understandingsome of thesebiological functions. Some examples from my own research in neuroscience field, catestatin, a short peptide facilitatingthe release of catecholamines from secretory vesicles of neurons and adrenalmedullais found to have a few variants influencing various degrees ininhibition ofcatecholmine releasethrough the adrenergic cholinergic nicotinic receptors.Moreover, families of alpha-amylase inhibitors in rice are being cloned,andtheir properties are beinginvestigated. Their differential specificitiestowards alpha-amylase from various sources of insect pestshavebeen proposed.Othersinclude pharmacological properties of active compoundsextractedfrom Thai herbal medicinesshown to have various biological properties, some possibly through the mediation ofion channels.These functions and interactions of molecules have beenperformed ;therefore translational research to theoretical one will enhance and further understanding of these biological functions. Or,ournewly developed integrated sciences inforensic investigation namely ‘Facial Recognition’, which used statistic analyses to establish a program to identify criminal suspects. This program has been developed by a group of scientists from Kent University, UK. Together withtheteam, we proposed to develop a data set for Thai population, yetwantto incorporate some genetic data into the program. With such complicate algorithmsofgenetic compilationto be integrated,we hopeadvanced mathematics and statistics willpath the wayin developing a new generation of the facial recognition program.These are only some thoughts that come to mine. I do invite you to chime inyour idea and suggestion onwhat we can do together between these two worlds of science.Finally,I believe that together biomedical scientists and physical/theoretical scientists can definitely help each other to better understand and advance sciences to benefitour societyas a whole.