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Thailand Isn't Only a Vacation Spot for Israelis Anymore

Israel's Rambam Medical Center and Thailand's Chulaborn Research Institute signed an agreement to cooperate on cancer treatment.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 5/16/2011, 10:05 AM / Last Update: 5/16/2011, 12:19 PM

Rambam Medical Center

"I have no doubt that in ten years we [will see] many breakthroughs in the field of oncology treatment," Director of Rambam Hospital in Haifa Professor Beyer told attendees on Sunday at a ceremony held to begin cooperation in cancer research with Thailand.

"This is a historic moment. Rambam is proud and happy to cooperate with the central hospital in Thailand to treat cancer, in research, just as we are proud that we have cooperation with other leading institutions in the world, such as Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and others. " 

At the ceremony, Israel's Rambam Medical Center signed an agreement on Sunday  with Thailand's Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI)  and    to co . a

Attending the signing ceremony in Haifa was the president of CRI, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhron Mahidol – the youngest daughter of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

Princess Chulabhorn received her doctorate in Science from Mahidol University in 1985 and has long been involved in the promotion of scientific research. She held the position of guest lecturer at the university and was awarded the UNESCO Einstein Medal in 1986 for promotion of scientific collaboration.

The princess was the first Asian to be invited to join the Royal Society of Chemistry in England as an Honorary Fellow, and holds a a specialization in epileptology.

The highlight of the visit was the signing ceremony for research cooperation between the two institutions. In attendance were Princess Chulabhorn, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, Rambam Director Prof. Rafi Beyar, Rambam Institute of Oncology Director Prof. Avraham Katan, Israel's ambassador to Thailand, and other dignitaries.

Israeli hospitals are at the cutting edge of cancer treatments, according to the chief of the Department of Oncology at Rambam, Professor Avraham Katan. The hospital has a worldwide reputation in the treatment of a number of different types of cancers.

Dignataries greet Princess Chulabhorn

Prof. Beyar and Princess Chulabhorn converse before the signing

Prof. Beyar and Princess Chulabhorn sign the agreement