State of the Tropics’ Special Event at JITMM 2018

Case Studies of Tropical Health
1pm to 5pm 11 December 2018
Room C@7, Level 7, Amari Watergate, Bangkok, Thailand

Join us for a special Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting 2018 (JITMM2018) pre-Meeting event that explores case studies of tropical health – what is working, what hasn’t and what do we hope the future will hold?  Hosted by State of the Tropics alliance partners James Cook University and Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, this forum will bring together researchers, policy-makers, doctors, scientists, public-health professionals, and students to discuss shared tropical health challenges and build ongoing partnerships.

This event is free - please RSVP for catering purposes:


  • Mr Humpress Harrington - James Cook University, Australia  and Atofi Health Research Group, Solomon Islands.
  • Professor Banchob Sripa - Head of Tropical Disease Research Laboratory (TDRL) at Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
  • Professor Jetsumon Sattabongkot Prachumsri - Mahidol Vivax Research Unit (MVRU)
  • Associate Professor Narisara Chantratita - Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
  • Dr Masum Billah - International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  • Professor Maxine Whittaker (Chair) - Dean, Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences James Cook University, Townsville

About the speakers:

Humpress Harrington
Humpress Harrington is a lecturer at Pacific Adventist University Atoifi Campus East Kwaio, Solomon Islands. He is involved in lymphatic Filariasis, Soil Transmitted Helminth, TB, and Malaria research and health research capacity building activities in Solomon Islands. Currently a PhD candidate at James Cook University.

Professor Banchob Sripa
Dr. Banchob Sripa is a professor and chair of Tropical Medicine Graduate Program, and the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Control of Opisthorchiasis (Southeast Asian Liver Fluke Disease), the Tropical Disease Research Laboratory, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand. He got a highest doctoral degree in Tropical Health from the University of Queensland (Australia) and experienced several post-graduate trainings in pathology and global health.  He has been working for >30 years and his research focus is mainly on human liver fluke in several aspects and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), the bile duct cancer as well as other tropical diseases. Dr.Sripa is a world expert in pathology, pathogenesis and control of liver fluke infection and CCA.

Professor Jetsumon Sattabongkot Prachumsri - Mahidol Vivax Research Unit (MVRU)
As the Director of the Mahidol Vivax Research Unit (MVRU), part of the Center of Excellence for Malaria Research, Dr Jetsumon Prachumsri leads a research team of 30 staff including junior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research technologists. With MVRU she has a wide range of international collaborations, including with the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Australia; Pennsylvania State University, USA and Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Jetsumon Prachumsri’s primary research area is the biology and transmission of Plasmodium vivax. This includes studies of the mosquito vectors, establishing in vitro / ex vivo systems and conducting research to support development of new drugs and vaccines.

Associate Professor Narisara Chantratita
Dr Narisara Chantratita is involved in both teaching and research. She teaches students from the Diploma, MSc and PhD courses at the Bangkok School of Tropical Medicine and is the Principal Investigator on two current melioidosis projects. In her research she works with international colleagues from the University of Washington, USA and the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit as well as having strong connection to the Thai research community. Her primary research area is melioidosis, an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. She is especially interested in the development of improved methods of diagnosis and treatment for this neglected tropical disease.

Dr Masum Billah

Professor Maxine Whittaker (Chair)

Maxine A. Whittaker, MBBS,  MPH , PhD, FAFPHM is the Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University (Feb 2016), She is also co-Director of the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Vector Borne Diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Maxine Whittaker has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea and worked extensively in China, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Thailand , Tonga, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.  She has extensive experience in project and programme design in health and development, especially in infectious diseases, One Health, and sexual and reproductive health and gender analysis, and using rapid formative research and anthropological methods and for a variety of international development partner and NGO organizations. She has developed local research teams in social sciences methods in Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Northern Queensland remote communities, and Vanuatu, and participated in the development of training materials and activities to support this capacity development.