Professor Dr. Banchob Sripa, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, invited panel member of WHO’s Disease Reference Group on Helminths and the first Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group.
Professor Sripa is a KKU Senior Research Fellow, and a Director of Tropical Disease Research Center and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Control of Opisthorchiasis (Southeast Asian Liver Fluke Disease), KKU.
Professor Banchob previously served as a panel member on the WHO’s Disease Reference Group on Helminths (DRG), Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG), and is a WHO adviser.
He is the former President of the Regional Network of Asian Schistosomiasis and Other Helminth Zoonoses (RNAS+).
Over 30 years, his major research focus has been on biology, immunology, host-parasite interaction, pathogenesis of opisthorchiasis and bile duct cancer, and strong emphasis on control and elimination of human liver flukes across Asia. His integrated liver fluke control program named “Lawa model” is one of two WHO showcase models with success in helminth control (WHO/NZD4).
Professor Sripa has published more than 250 research articles, viewpoints, editorials and reviews in peer reviewed international journals and book chapters (h-index=50). He is Deputy Editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Associate Editor of Tropical Medicine & International Health, and is an editorial board member for several tropical disease journals. Over 36-year as academician, he has received several scientific research awards, the most prestigious the Thailand Outstanding Scientist Award (the King’s Award) and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) Senior Research Scholar
Professor Sripa has received local and international research funding and is a pioneer in the in-depth study of the pathogenesis of liver fluke and bile duct cancer, leading to a better understanding of this disease and methods for its prevention and control. He also has published on Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma in leading journals in the Scopus Database and has received several major research awards, including a Thailand Outstanding Scientist Award, (pathology category 2013) and the TRF Senior Research Master of the year 2013 and one of the highest honors of Khon Kaen University, the Sarasin Researcher Honor Award in 2012.
Professor Sripa is internationally recognized as a specialist in liver fluke and bile duct cancer and has been invited as an international guest speaker more than 20 times and received the highest honor as a speaker at the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA 2010) as “International Cancer Organization (IARC) specialist”.
His international work, especially with the World Health Organization has made it possible to successfully promote liver fluke disease onto the World Health Organization’s List of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Written by Yada Lertkhajornsak
Edited by John Smith