The result of the Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program scholarship recipients 2022

Today (28th November 2022) at 13:30 hrs. Clin. Prof. Supat  Vanichakarn, Secretary General of Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage;  Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy 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;  and  Emer. 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 2022 at the Chulabhorn conference room, 2nd floor of Syamindra Building, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.


The names of five scholarship recipients 2022 of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program are as follows:


  1. Ms. Napasiri Putthanbut Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  2. Mr. Pranaidej Hengswat Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  3. Mr. Piyawat Kantagowit Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
  4. Mr. Sarute Chawvavanich Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
  5. Mr. Setthanan Jarukasemkit Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University


Thirteen applicants from 7 institutes were nominated for Prince Mahidol Award Youth
Program in 2022. 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 31th October 2022.


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. Napasiri Putthanbut


Ms. Napasiri Putthanbut has received honors and awards as the followings:

2022     Class president of sixth-year medical student

2021      Vice-president of academics of Siriraj Medical Student Union (SMSU); Vice-president of Mahidol Day Charity Champaign; President and liaison of faculty’s nomination committee for Aspire to Excellence Award – Student Engagement Specialization; President of After Extern Guidance project

2020     President of 10th Siriraj Medical Volunteer Camp; Assistant to the vice-president of academics of Siriraj Medical Student Union (SMSU); Selected to be representative in Eisai Global Mobility Program 2021 which is a collaboration between Thailand, Hong Kong, Japanese, and Chinese universities that are exceptional in engineering, medicine, and business management

2019     Second runner-up award in the 17th Inter-medical School Physiology Quiz (IMSPQ) 2019 at Jakarta, Indonesia; First runner-up award in Global Healthtech Hackathon Challenge 2019 which is a joint program between the Faculty of Engineer, Mahidol University, National Innovation Agency (NIA), and Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom

2018      Head of inter-university coordination in royal cremation ceremony for body donators for anatomical studies; Head of advisor moderator in Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC) 2019; Head of public relations in second-year class committee

2017      Director of art and design in first-year class committee and volunteer in Mahidol Day Charity Campaign

2016     Awarded a gold medal in the 15th Thailand Physics Olympiad (TPhO); the fourth-highest score and first runner-up in Thailand Young Physicists’ Tournament (TYPT) 2016



Mr. Pranaidej Hengswat

Mr. Pranaidej Hengswat is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. He is interested in the research topic of engineered comprehensive oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 (ecoHSV-1) to modulatetumor-immune microenvironment in Cholangiocarcinoma.

The core concept of the research is to develop a virus which does not harm normal human cells but be able to infect and destroy cancer cells. Moreover, the virus should be engineered to be capable enough to trigger the anti-tumor inflammation within the tumor microenvironment. Mr. Pranaidej is interested in such technology from the level of laboratory research which is elemental for the future development of alternative novel therapies for cancer patients from both Thailand and around the globe.


Mr. Pranaidej Hengswat has received honors and awards as the followings:

2022     Poster presentation at the European School of Hematology 6th Translational Research Conference: Multiple Myeloma about “Enhance T-lymphocyte Function by Activated with Self-differentiated Dendritic Cells Redirected to NY-ESO-1 for Multiple Myeloma Treatment”; Achieved Siriraj Medical Student Research Awards Scholarship

2021     Co-author of “Economic burden of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis with significant fibrosis in Thailand” published in BMC Gastroenterology; Served as the president of The 10th Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, and Immunology Competition (10th SIMPIC)

2020     Graduated in Bachelor of Economics from Sukhothai Thammathirat open university; Researcher in “The Cost-effectiveness analysis of medical devices to be listed in the Health benefit package of Thailand Universal Health Coverage: Drug-coated balloon”

2019     Served as the Vice president of External Affairs of the 9th SIMPIC

2018     Served as the Vice president of Internal Affairs of the 8th SIMPIC

2017     Selected as the Thailand representative to attend Asian Science Camp 2017 in Malaysia

2016   Winner of the 8th Petch Yod Mongkut Economics Competition



Mr. Piyawat Kantagowit


Mr. Piyawat Kantagowit is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. He is interested in the research topic of using machine learning-based strategy for chronic kidney disease prevention.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is regarded as a serious health burden in Thailand and globally. As CKD is incurable at the moment, developing an effective prevention plan is critical. By utilizing past Thai population data, machine learning may accurately predict the current population’s risk of developing new CKD. As a result, resources for CKD prevention can be better deployed. The machine learning-based strategy will be more efficacy in preventing CKD while reducing government expenditures and use of resources, resulting in reducing people’s illnesses and enhancing Thai people’s health in the future.


Mr. Piyawat Kantagowit has received honors and awards as the followings:

2022     Chief of the sixth-year clinical rotation and doctor of medicine program curriculum support subcommittee; Presenter of the “Survival Kit for COVID-19 patients” project to researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; COVID-19 vaccination volunteer of Thai Red Cross Society; Guest speaker for MDCU Roadshow, Wannabe a Doctor Camp, and MDCU research club

2021     Honorary certificate of the best medical student award in the clinical unit, Internal Medicine department

2020     The most beloved medical student award, Obstetrics and Gynecology department, Member of Thailand- PDOPPS of The Nephrology Society of Thailand

2019     “Pink Diamond” special research track medical student; Head coach of MDCU football team contributing to golden prizes of CU Freshy Game, 2 Syringes Games, etc.

2018     Chulalongkorn university’s player of Chamchuri United F.C.

2017     Captain of the MDCU football team

2014     Silver medalist from the 13th Thailand Physics Olympiad; School Fame Enhancement Certificate for Physics Olympiad of Triam Udom Suksa School

2013   Bronze medalist from the 12th Thailand Physics Olympiad; School Fame Enhancement Certificate for excellent scientific competitors of Ratchasima Witthayalai School



Mr. Sarute Chawvanich

Mr. Sarute Chawvavanich is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. He is interested in research topic about investigating the causal pathways of how eHealth can improve coordination of palliative care in Thailand: A realist

Although palliative care is developed in some areas of Thailand, its nationwide implementation has been struggling. Coordination of care has been identified as one barrier of the development. eHealth has been proposed as a solution for such insufficiency. Thus, Mr. Sarute aims to construct a policy recommendation for developing eHealth systems to coordinate palliative care. Using realist evaluation to study the Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems in the United Kingdom, which has been developed for more than a decade, will uncover the program theory of how the systems can lead to effective care coordination. He hopes the findings will speed up the development of eHealth in Thailand to increase the value of care and the quality of life for palliative patients and their family.


Mr. Sarute Chawvavan has received honors and awards as the followings:

2022     Granted Dean’s Research Awards to present “Against the bureaucracy barrier: An attempt to reform the way medical student organization work” at the Association of Medical Education in Europe Conference 2022, Lyon, France

2020      Vice president for organization development at the Ramathibodi Medical Student Council; Oral presentation at the 3rd Education Quality Fair on “What makes a good PBL facilitator in Thai student’s perception?”

2019     Class president of the third-year medical students; Co-founder and president of the Ramathibodi Research Club; Attended an IFMSA research exchange program to study “Role of apolipoprotein D in the demyelination and remyelination processes: Implication in multiple sclerosis” at the University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

2018     Granted “Dean’s Research Novice Awards” to study “Thai Preclinical Medical Students’ Perspective on Facilitator’s Characteristics that Contribute to Successful Problem-based Learning”

2016     Child delegate attending the 4th ASEAN Children’s Forum, Hanoi, Vietnam; Received the Student of the Year Award by Assumption Samutprakarn School



Mr. Setthanan Jarukasemkit

Mr. Setthanan Jarukasemkit is a sixth-year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. He is interested in research topic about connectomic fingerprints as diagnostic and predictive biomarkers to personalize treatment in major depressive
disorder (MDD)

The prevalence of depression have progressively increased during past decades, with the COVID -19 pandemic being an accelerating factor in recent years. Moreover, there are higher recurrent rates of MDD due to obscure psychopathology and lack of specific treatments. Nowadays, neurotechnology has allowed us to understand human brain’s complexities making MDD more attractive worldwide. Connectomic fingerprints in psychiatry are a novel approach in Thailand, but this technology is promising not only in  the discovery of emotional mechanisms, but also personalized treatment for the patients, and ensure that Thailand will move towards an era of precision medicine in the field of neuropsychiatry.


Mr. Setthanan Jarukasemkit has received honors and awards as the followings:

2022              Research Assistant at the Cognitive Clinical & Computational Neuroscience Lab (CCCN), Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University; Presenter of research project “Alpha-bumps as a potential neuromarker for screening mild cognitive impairment” at Neuroscience 2022 Conference by Society of Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, California, USA; Received the Dean’s Research Award in publication of ‘System dynamics modeling to understand mental model of public humiliation in medical education’ published in Medical Teacher (Q1 of Medical Education journal)

2021-2022      President of Ramathibodi Medical Student Council (RAMSC): Being the leader who empowers student engagement in Ramathibodi until receiving the ASPIRE to Exellence Award in Student Engagement by the International Association for Health Professions Education (AMEE) at AMEE 2022 Conference, Lyon, France

2012-2013      Selected candidate for the 1st and 2nd cohort of Novice Ordination Summer Program, named “9 days for Enlightenment” taken place at Cherntawan International Meditation Center, Mahavijjalaya of Buddhist Ecomonics by Pramaha Vuttichai Wachiramatee

2011              The 1st generation student in Chanta Education led by Architect Dissakorn Kunthorn, President of the ‘Wisdom Learning Playground’ Project, where activities included designing fundraising ‘Father’ calendars in commemoration for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej