Pint of Science 2019

Join us from 21st-22nd May 2019, at WeLearn for two great events exploring the intriguing world of science! Plus join us for the first time in Chiang Rai!

Entrance is FREE so why not join us for some exciting entertainment!

Tuesday 21th May

Tech Me Out!

Tech Me Out: Join us to uncover how cutting edge molecular technologies provide new insights into ancient biology and dig deep into the world of big data in the public domain!

The origin of prehistoric cattle in Thailand: evidence from ancient DNA​

Dr. Wunrada Surat (Department of Genetics, Kasetsart University)

Cattle have been domesticated in Southeast Asia for thousands of years, but its history in the region remains unclear. To gain insights into cattle domestication in Thailand we extracted and sequenced DNA from 26 cattle remains found and excavated from four  archaeological sites located in Thailand. Join us at Pint of Science for the first genetic evidence of when B. Taurus, the common cattle, was domesticated in Thailand

A DNA Sequencer in your Pocket

Dr. Elizabeth Batty (MORU)

DNA sequencing used to need a lab full of equipment and a machine the size of a fridge. Now new technology has allowed us to make miniature sequencers the size of a chocolate bar that you can use anywhere - in the jungle, sailing the Arctic ocean, and even in space. I will explain how this exciting new technology works, and how it allows scientists to investigate disease outbreaks, track the trade in illegal wildlife, see what bacteria live in space, and more.

The De-identification and a possible Re-identification of data- A cause for worry in data anonymization

Dr. Mavuto Mukaka (MORU)

Data de-identification is an important aspect of data confidentiality to minimize concerns from stakeholders. It involves masking, generalizing or deleting any personal identifiers. The availability of information in the public domain risks re-identification using the publicly available data combined with basic computer science techniques. Join us to find out…

Wednesday 22nd May

Our Body

Predictions, preventions & edible insects. Tag along to this future-outlook event to learn how scientists take care of our bodies by tackling diseases and develop outside-the-box future foods!

Edible Insects: their relevance in and beyond the food industry

Nathan Preteseille (Asian Food and Feed Insect Association)

We are here in the cradle of the edible insect industry, surrounded  by thousands of cricket farms all around the country providing crispy and flavoury snacks but also staple food. But what do we know about their core value? Are they just good to be tasted? We will together go through several applications of insects and their relevance in line with the involvement of the regional platform AFFIA: Asian Food and Feed Insect Association.

Can we improve the prevention of mother to child transmission of 
Hepatitis B?

​​Dr. Marieke Bierhoff (SMRU)

With the high prevalence of hepatitis B virus on the Thai-Myanmar border, prevention of mother to child transmission is critical. Current strategies with immunoglobulins and vaccinations appear to fail in this marginalised population. Here, we will discuss existing problems surrounding hepatitis B in pregnancy and highlight possible solutions to prevention of mother to child transmission.

How can mass spectrometry help ageing populations suffering with diabetes?

Dr. Natthida Sriboonvorakul (Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine,  Mahidol University)

The number of elderly people is growing rapidly in Thailand. Most of ageing patients in hospitals are suffering with chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. We aim to identify clinical parameters & biomarkers of this disease for early detection and prevention using mass spectrometry. Join us to uncover how mass spectrometry can help them!

Saturday 25th May

Pint of Science Chiang Rai

Welcome Pint of Science Thailand Chiang Rai !

With Chiang Rai's first ever event at Hungry Wolf's on 25 May 2019, 10:30-Noon.

Does everyone get an antibiotic when ill?

Dr. Rachel Greer (MORU)

Penicillin was first discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming. Since then it has been used to save millions of lives from potentially fatal infections.

We will look at how and where antibiotics are used in Chiangrai as well as discussing what is Thailand doing to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance and ‘superbugs’.

Visualising your salt intake

Dr. Supalert Nedsuwan (Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital)

Eating high levels of salt can increase your blood pressure and increase your risk of strokes and heart attacks. Most of us know this but do we know how much salt we really eat?

How much salt is in common Thai foods and condiments?

How can we reduce our salt intake and what effects can this have on our health?

Tropical infections in Chiangrai – the known, the unknown, and the forgotten
Dr. Tri Wangrangsimakul (MORU)

Fever remains an important cause of hospital admissions in the tropics. In Thailand, as the incidence of malaria declines, other tropical infections have come to the fore. Some of these infections are well-known while others are less so. We will explore the causes of fever and focus on the main infections seen.