The result of the Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program scholarship recipients 2021

Today (29th November 2021) at 13:30 hrs. Clin. Prof. Supat  Vanichakarn, Secretary General of Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage;  Mr. Thanee  Sangratana, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;  Prof. Vicharn  Panich, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Steering Committee;  Prof. Apichat  Asavamongkolkul, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Working Committee; and  Prof. Sompop  Limpongsanurak, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Selection Committee, together issue a press release on the names of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program scholarship recipients for 2021 at the Chulabhorn conference room, 2nd floor of Syamindra Building, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.


The names of five scholarship recipients 2021 of
Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program are as follows:

  1. Ms. Nicharee Monkongpitukkul Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  2. Mr. Nontapat Sukhonpanich Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  3. Mr. Pharanyoo Osotthanakorn Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
  4. Mr. Phurin Areesawangkit Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  5. Mr. Yossawat Suwanlikit Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University


Thirteen applicants from 6 institutes were nominated for Prince Mahidol Award Youth
Program in 2021. Only 5 successful applicants meet the criteria of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program. The Selection Committee selected the scholarship recipients and presented to the Board of Trustee which HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a President. The final decision had been made on the 26th October 2021.


Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program has been established on the 20th November 2008 according to the 2nd/2008 consensus of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation Committee. The program aims to inspire and facilitate Thai youths studied in the health fields to pursue their dedicated life for the benefit of mankind following the footsteps of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla. The steering committee, the working committee, and the selection committee are responsible to select the applicants who meet the criteria of the program, and present their names to the Board of Trustee which HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a President, for a final decision.




Ms. Nicharee Monkongpitukkul

Ms. Nicharee Monkongpitukkul is the sixth-year medical student at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Her project entitled about “The optimal stimulation strategies of retinal prosthesis as a solution to restore vision in untreatable blind patients.” Ms. Monkongpitukkul is interested in vision restoration technology in order to bring the sight back to the blind for untreatable blind patients especially from retinal degenerative diseases i.e. retinitis pigmentosa. The study will focus on the development of the device “retinal prosthesis” aiming to restore function of damaged photoreceptors. The optimized mechanism of electrical retinal stimulation will gain more data to improve the efficacy of retinal prosthesis, helping blind patient to maintain their quality of living.


Ms. Nicharee Monkongpitukkul has received honors and awards as the followings:

2020     President of Siriraj Medical Student Union (SMSU): Leading team towards the mission, to create space of learning and improve quality of life of medical students in terms of physical needs and emotional safety,  being the coordinator between medical students and faculty executive committee and facilitating extracurricular activities and clubs held by medical students.

2018     Vice President of academic affairs of Siriraj International Medical Microbiology Parasitology and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC) 2019 at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

2017     President of the second-year medical student, being the coordinator between faculty student affairs, academic affairs and medical student union and facilitating the activities held by the second-year medical students;  Representative of second-year medical students to attend the IFMSA research exchange program at Department of Virology, University of Helsinki, Finland for one month under the research topic “Occurrence and distribution of zoonotic viruses in European countries”

2014     Gold medalist from the 10th Thailand Chemistry Olympiad at Faculty of Sciences, Prince of Songkhla University


Mr. Nontapat Sukhonpanich

Mr. Nontapat Sukhonpanich is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. He is interested in Genetic variation in stroke – a novel approach for precision public health in Thailand.” Stroke accounted for the top-rank contributor to death and disability in Thailand and worldwide. At present, we already knew that we would be able to prevent around 90% of stroke if we could eradicate all the risk factors. But in reality, we could not reach that goal yet. Moreover, prediction of the stroke outcome is more difficult in clinical practice, which makes the rehabilitation outcome unfavorable. The polygenic risk score (PRS) is a risk prediction tool which has been more recognized as a potential tool to predict risk of diseases, including stroke. However, there are less studies on PRS and stroke, and currently none in individual’s Thai population. This genetic information could lead to the improvement in stroke prevention and functional outcome of the patients in the future.


Mr. Nontapat Sukhonpanich has received honors and awards as followings:

2020     Vice President of academic affair, Siriraj Medical Student Union,
which aimed to help medical students solve academic issues, facilitate an effective learning, promote medical student engagement in research;  Currently conducting “Proportion, Experiences, and Associated Factors of Conducting Medical Research among Medical Students in Thailand: A nationwide multicentre study”

2019     Executive committee of strategy and planning affair, Siriraj Medical Student Union; Moderator of Design Thinking Workshop, SMSU camp;  Vice president of activity,
the 21st Siriraj Medical Camp

2018     “Sukhum Pattarakom Award”, highest overall score in medical microbiology; President of academic affair, SI127 Student Committee;  Invited speaker at
Triam Udom Suksa school, Siriraj Road Show;  Head of recreation activity,
the 20th Siriraj Medical Camp

2017     Head of creative activity, Siriraj International Medical Microbiology,
Parasitology and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC)

2016     Vice-president, SI127 Student Medical Students’ Conference at Seoul, South Korea




Mr. Pharanyoo Osotthanakorn

Mr. Pharanyoo Osotthanakorn is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. His project deal with “Implementation of value-based payment for improving diabetic care in the primary care setting of Thailand.” Diabetes is an important non-communicable disease with high prevalence and burden, causing not only significant loss of health and lives, but also manpower and financial burden. Current diabetic care systems in Thailand cannot achieve the targeted goal, which is depending on the patients’ ability to control their blood sugar level. The disease tends to be more aggravating in the future due to aging society and people’s behavior. Mr. Osotthanakorn is interested in systemic problem solving and system development of diabetic care, by the concept of value-based healthcare, which is focusing on outcome measurement and payment designing for primary care providers of Thailand. He expects advancement of care behavior for better health outcomes, leading to diminishing people’s illness and improving Thai’s health in the future.


Mr. Pharanyoo Osotthanakorn has received honors and awards as followings:

2020       President of Society of Medical Student of Thailand (SMST);
Vice president of external affairs of Ramathibodi Medical Student Council (RAMSC), Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University.

2019       Project manager of the 8th SMST research camp;
Vice president of Ramathibodi Research Club.

2018       Collaborator of E-poster: The effectiveness of a self-selected “SSMILeS” intervention to reduce depression and maintain the general well-being of the preclinical medical student; An actor in supporting role in the charitable stage play: the 11th Rama Drama, Home.

2017       Class president of 2nd year medical student; Project manager of the royal cremation ceremony for body donators for anatomical studies, Ramathibodi Hospital and the Faculty of Sience, Mahidol University.

2014       Presenter in INESPO 2015, Netherlands, in the science project: Increasing the stability of particle containing phase change material through the polymeric crosslinking in the particle shell and application in natural rubber, Mahidol Wittayanusorn school
and Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University; Dormitory affairs council,
Mahidol Wittayanusorn school.




Mr. Phurin Areesawangkit

Mr. Phurin Areesawangkit is a sixth-year medical student at Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. His project entitled about “Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells-derived CAR T cell therapy for a treatment of CD-133 in unresectable cholangiocarcinoma patients.” Mr. Areesawangkit is interested in developing the novel treatment of Cholangiocarcinoma using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived CAR T cells (iPSC-derived CAR T cells) which will be genetically engineered to have specificity against tumor-specific antigens and can function in immunosuppressive tumor microenvironments. Successful development of this technology will play an important role in the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma which is mostly unresectable and will be a great step towards the application of iPSC-derived CAR T cell against other types of cancers. This will allow cancer patients, both in Thailand and around the world, to reach an effective treatment of cancer at reasonable prices.


Mr. Phurin Areesawangkit has received honors and awards as followings:

2020       President of Mahidol Day Fundraising Campaign 2020 to provide financial support to patients who cannot afford their medical expenses; President of academic division and 5th year medical student committee; a guest speaker of an online seminar ‘Research Made Easy’ held by Siriraj Medical Student Union (SMSU).

2019       President of Teaching Project for poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients at Nong Muang Hospital, Lopburi. He was one of the speakers of ‘InSipired’ talk held by SMSU and was invited as a guest speaker of Siriraj Road Show 2019 at Mahidol Wittayanusorn school.

2018       Representative of Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in an Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz 2018 at University of Malaya, Malaysia.

2017       One of the writers and the editor of “WALKTHROUGH, simulated 7 subjects test” book and was a liaison of an International Chemistry Olympiad 2017 at Mahidol University, Thailand

2016       He passed to the final round of Thailand’s representative selecting process for Asian Science Camp 2017, Singapore

2013 – 2015   Representative of Thailand in an International Biology Olympiad 2016 and received the silver medal. He also received gold medals from Thailand Biology Olympiad 2015 and 2016.

Apart from this,   Mr. Phurin has been working on research project “Improvement of effector T-cell function activated by self-differentiated dendritic cells presenting NY-ESO-1 Antigen against multiple myeloma cells from naïve T lymphocyte donor” from 2018 until now.


 Mr. Yossawat Suwanlikit

Mr. Yossawat Suwanlikit is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. His project entitled about potential therapeutic utility of cellular reprogramming in reversing age-related mitochondrial dysfunction in human aged neurons. Age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are among the most common diseases in elderly. Since aging society has been expanding worldwide, the number of people affected by these ailments is correlated increasing. Together with the fact that there is no effective treatment against the diseases, these emphasize the significance and urgency of novel therapeutic intervention development against these disorders. One of the promising therapies is application of cellular reprogramming, which is evidenced to ameliorate age-related mitochondrial dysfunction observed in aging cells. Therefore, Mr. Yossawat intends to study the effect of the cellular reprogramming technology over mitochondrial function in human aged neurons to develop novel treatment for the age-related neurodegenerative diseases in aging population.


Mr. Yossawat Suwanlikit has received honors and awards as followings:

2021       Volunteer and clinical knowledge lecturer in “Home isolation Telemedicine”
by Ramathibodi medical students.

2020       Class president of the5th year medical students;  Initiator of the project
“Ramathibodi medical students volunteer” for informing and reporting COVID-19 epidemic situation;  Delegate of the 7th Mahidol students community volunteer;
Member of project manager in “Ramathibodi medical students annual seminar”.

2019       The project president of community medicine subject at Ubol Ratana, Khon Kaen province; Vice project manager of the 8th SMST research camp;  Vice project manager
“Dansai children charity” at Dansai, Loey Province, for developing children’s health in the district;  Dean’s Research Awards for electronic poster presentation at European Human Genetics Conference 2019 at Gothenburg, Sweden;  Selected in professional exchange program by IFMSA.

2018       The project president of community medicine subject Kuchinarai, Kalasin;  Resulting Medical Competency Assessment and Accreditation examination at percentile 98.01;  Delegate of basketball competition in the 30th Syringe Game;  Medical volunteer in the 81th Medical experience camp at Nong Kathing health promoting hospital, Lam Plai Mat,
Buri Ram.

2017       Delegate of football competition in the 29th Syringe Game.

2016       The first rank in admission exam of Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital; Delegate of futsal competition, the first runner-up in MU Freshy Game 2016, Mahidol University.