Dr Muangpaisan’s current post is Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Study date at the Institute: Masters degree in Epidemiology (2007-8).
Special interests: dementia and cognitive disorders, neuroepidemiology, geriatric medicine.
Weerasak said: ‘After my fellowship at University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital (Gerontology), I came to Cambridge not only because I got a scholarship from Cambridge University but also because Professor Carol Brayne’s work matched perfectly with my special interests. I could learn a lot from her tremendous work experience and also from her working style. And she is my role model in working right now.’
I have used my knowledge in critical appraisal and conducting research. Also, I have a wider view in medicine and public health.
‘I am now a University lecturer and consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand: so I teach medical students, residents in medicine and fellows in Geriatric Medicine, as well as postgraduate students in epidemiology.’
‘My research area is in the epidemiology of cognitive impairment/ Parkinson’s disease/ stroke in community/dementia. I also look at change over time in cognition, normative data of cognitive screening tools, caregivers of dementia patients.’
‘Now I am starting to study the herbal effects for Alzheimer’s disease, genetics in AD, and also the cognitive profile of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. I conduct research in other fields, including health issues in older people such as health literacy, medication adherence in the elderly, nutritional screening, falls/ fractures, frailty and sarcopenia.’
‘My current job is Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.’
Weerasak holds a number of other positions:
- Scientific Chair of the Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
- Scientific and Research committee of the Royal College of Thai physicians
- Scientific subcommittee of the Dementia Association of Thailand
- Scientific and research subcommittee of the postgraduate program, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
- Editorial board of the journal of the Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
- Executive committee of the Siriraj Health Policy Unit