Dr Vip Viprakasit
Division of Paediatric Haematology / Oncology
Department of Paediatrics and Thalassaemia Centre
Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Vip Viprakasit is a Professor of Pediatrics at Department of Pediatrics & Thalassemia Center at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He received his MD with 1st class honor in 1987 from the first medical school in Thailand; Siriraj hospital, Mahidol University and then trained as a pediatrician and pediatric hematologist in Royal College of Pediatrics, Thailand. He then continued his training in the UK and got his DPhil from University of Oxford in 2002 and finished his postdoctoral fellowship in molecular hematology at Weatheral Institute of Molecular Medicine with Prof. Douglas R. Higgs, FRS in 2004. He then returned back to Mahidol University where he was the appointed as a faculty at Department of Pediatrics, Siriraj hospital and became a full Professor in 2015. His major research focus has been on a translational medicine to bridging between basic molecular biology to routine clinical practice in hematology. Using the most common inherited disease in the Asian population; thalassemia as his model, he has extensively studied this condition in several aspects including molecular basis, pathophysiology, genotype-phenotype correlation, molecular diagnosis from routine service to pre-implantation genetic analysis to non-invasive prenatal test and newborn screening. From these fundamental works, he has expanded his works into molecular basis, clinical management and developing clinical and laboratory tools for iron overload and iron deficiency anemia, both are prevalent in his region and representing two important problems in developing world. Dr. Viprakasit has served as an Associate Editor of Blood Research, Journal Medical Association of Thailand, Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine & Public Health and a member of steering committee for Nanotechnology Institute of Thailand and numerous clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies related to iron dysregulation in man. He received the best research award of the year in 2016 from The National Research Council of Thailand and a Sultan Bin Khalifa Award from UAE for the Excellent Center for Thalassemia Care under his supervision in 2014. Although working and researching in a resource limited setting like Thailand, Dr. Viprakasit has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in less than 15 years, and has written many reviews on thalassemia and/or iron related complications as well as chapters in major hematology reviews for American Society of Hematology (ASH) and European Hematology Association (EHA).