The Research Division in Faculty of Science organized a researcher-support activity to prepare for the COVID-19 research grant calls from various funding sources. The event featured our honorable speakers: Associate Professor Arunee Thitithanyanont, Dr. Suparerk Borwornpinyo, Dr. Pakorn Aiewsakun from the Faculty of Science and Professor Suradej Hongeng from the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, with Dr.Pansakorn Tanratana as a moderator, to share their insightful research anecdotes. The activity, “Hunting for COVID-19 Research Grants: New Opportunities & New Challenges”, was held at K101 and K102 meeting rooms, Chalermprakiat Building honoring the social distancing protocols and was telecommunicated to other participants via WebEx on Friday 26 June 2020 from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
The speakers talked about the creation of MU-COVID19 research group, revealing that this group is made up of researchers from various disciplines, from juniors to seniors , who have gathered under the crisis with a common belief, that sciences can make a significant contribution to the society. Although the maneuver initiated with a lack of funds, the researchers were determined to work diligently and faithfully, by promoting and sharing resources with due regard to the importance of benefiting society. They still need more funding and support, as well as cooperation of the research community. This endeavor has resulted in pre-print articles for publication in high impact international journals and an application for invention patents in just two months, which is truly an example of contribution of scientific research to the society.
The research group foresaw that research on COIVD-19 still has many avenues of research opportunities such as diagnostics, medicines, and lab equipment. Interested researchers are welcome to consult and discuss the potential of collaboration or raising research funds together.