About us
Our staff
Praphan Phanuphak, MD, PhD
Director
is a specialist in immunology, microbiology, and internal medicine. He directs the TRC-ARC, and is Co-Director of its subsidiary, HIV-NAT. Dr. Phanuphak has managed HIV-infected patients and conducted HIV research since diagnosing and reporting the first case of AIDS acquired in Thailand. He was godfather of both the TRC-ARC and its Anonymous Clinic, founded upon his initiative by the TRCS in 1989 and 1991, respectively. In the mid-1990s, he conducted the first clinical trial in Thailand of an AIDS vaccine. He has been PI on numerous internationally-funded HIV studies.
Anchalee Avihingsanon, MD
Head of Medical Department
is a specialist in infectious diseases. She joined HIV-NAT in 2003 as a research physician, and since then she has led and coordinated over 40 clinical trials investigating various aspects of HIV. She is Thailand country coordinator for START and other INSIGHT Network studies, and is member of the INSIGHT Network Steering Committee. She obtained both Thai government and international funding to investigate research questions of relevance to Thailand and the region, including the pharmacokinetics of low dose antiretrovirals, and studies of tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV renal disease. Dr. Avihingsanon has been Chief of the HIV-NAT Medical Department since 2009. She is on the writing committee for Thai HIV Treatment Guidelines, and a member of Track B planning the 2013 International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. She advises the TRC-ARC’s Community Advisory Board (CAB).
Sasiwimol Ubolyam, MSc
Head of HIV-NAT/Chulalongkorn Clinical Research Laboratory Department
She has over 15 years of experience supervising the laboratory in compliance with Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP). She is the laboratory core leader for NIAID INSIGHT network and the CIPRA network studies.
Supalak Phonphithak, MA
Head of Clinical Study Nurse Department
She has a long experience in clinical research and patient care and currently supervises 20 study nurses and assistants.
Patsamon Rerksirikul, MSc
Head of CRA Department
She has a background in pharmacology. She has 5 years of experience in clinical research associate and currently supervises 14 clinical research associates and 3 assistants.
Plengsri Lertarrom, BPharm
Head of Pharmacy Department
She has 26 years of experience as a registered pharmacist including 6 years in HIV clinical research. She is familiar with the pharmacy guidelines and instructions for DAID clinical trial network.
Stephen Kerr, MIPH, PhD
Head of Biostatistics Department
He has a background in pharmacology and pharmacoepidemiology, and holds a joint Faculty position at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He liaises with study sponsors, principal investigators and DSMB’s to coordinate bio-statistical aspects of study development and analyses for TRC-ARC.
Chavalun Ruengpanyathip, MSc
Head of Data Management and Information Technology (IT) Department
He has over 16 years of experience in the data management and IT field and has been responsible for developing and maintaining the electronic database system for TRC-ARC and multi-site studies.
Kesdao Nanthapisal, MCom
Head of Financial and HR/Office Operation Department
is the financial controller with vast experience in project accounting and financial management. She has joined HIV-NAT in 2000, and overseen budget and financial management for over 50 studies.
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