The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress


The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, a major gathering of scientists in Thailand, will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from November 29 to December 3.

Organized by the Chulabhorn Research Institute, the five-day congress focuses on the theme “Cancer: From Basic Research to Cure.”

Professor Dr. Her Royal Princess Chulabhorn, the President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute will preside over the opening ceremony at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, 29 November. On this occasion, Her Royal Highness will give a keynote address on the topic “Environmental and life-style factors contributing to cancer incidence in Asia.”

At this congress, Professor John Michael Bishop, one of the Nobel Prize winning scientists, will give a lecture on “Cancer: The genomic era arrives.” The congress program also includes plenary lectures, symposia, and poster presentations.

Realizing that cancer is a global issue that affects everyone, either directly or indirectly, and that it is now the leading cause of death in both the developed and developing world, Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has deemed it important to focus on the issue of cancer at the 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress.

The congress serves as a forum for presenting the latest developments in all areas of cancer research, including cancer etiology and molecular mechanisms, strategies for cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, as well as therapeutic interventions, all of which are crucial in the battle to overcome cancer.

It is said that more people die from cancer than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and the death toll is set to rise dramatically over the coming decades. It has been predicted that over the next 10 years, as many as 84 million people will die of cancer and more than 70 percent of them will be in the developing world.

Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress Program was initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn to provide a forum for the exchange of the latest information and the most recent advances in research among the international scientific community. Under this program, international congresses on selected topics in science and technology are organized every 4 to 5 years.

The seventh congress is being held to pay tribute to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary in 2011 and to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday anniversary in 2012. Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee for the Congress, is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.