Professor Narattaphol Charoenphandhu received his secondary education from the Assumption College, and in 1995 enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. After joining the Mahidol University’s Medical Scholars Program, he graduated in 1999 with a B.Sc. in Medical Science (Hons.) from the Faculty of Science. In 2001, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Physiology with Dean’s List prize from the same institution. In 2002, he continued clinical study at the Faculty of Medicine Siriaj Hsopital and graduated M.D. (Hons.) in 2004. The ultimate goal of Dr. Narattaphol’s work is to answer the question of — how to help Thai people have strong and healthy bone? This question should bring awareness to the future risk that comes with aging population. Aging is accompanied by degenerative diseases, especially metabolic bone diseases which are expensive to treat and eventually lead to morbidity and mortality. To achieve this goal, Dr. Narattaphol uses various multidisciplinary approaches, such as transplantation, electrophysiology, radionuclide tracer, bone histomorphometry, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, microcomputed tomography, confocal fluorescent imaging, molecular cloning and microarray, to elucidate in depth the calcium-regulating machinery. He has proposed a novel theory pertaining to the transepithelial calcium transport in the intestine, as well as the optimal calcium concentration for effective calcium absorption. His findings can be applied to improve forms of calcium-fortified tablets and calcium-enriched diet, and to mitigate osteopenia or osteoporosis in patients with chronic metabolic acidosis or in lactating women. He received several research awards, including Young Scientist Award 2008 from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, TRF-CHE Outstanding New Researcher Award 2008, Mahidol University Prize for Excellence in Research 2010, Young BMB Award 2011 from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section, The Science Society of Thailand, TRF-CHE-Scopus Researcher Award 2011 (Health Sciences) from the Thailand Research Fund, Commission on Higher Education, and Scopus.

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