Chiang Mai University Collaborative

The University of Minnesota has held a longstanding partnership with Chiang Mai University (CMU), placing a high priority on mutual benefit and exchange. This research collaborative builds on joint education initiatives and collaborative research studies that have been ongoing for the last 25 years.

In 2023, a new research collaborative was launched, led by CGHSR and CMU’s Research Institute of Health Sciences (RIHES). The collaborative aims to leverage infrastructure, increase collaboration among faculty and ease the administrative lift of operationalizing global health research, and to create an environment that fosters partnership and opportunities to engage students.


Creating Long-term Partnerships 

The CMU-UMN Research Collaborative aims to remedy the siloed nature of international work, creating more meaningful opportunities for collective scholarship. In 2023, the Collaborative funded three research projects. 

Initial areas of research include: 

  • Environmental health 
  • Air pollutants
  • PM 2.5
  • Genetic variants associated with liver cancer in Thailand

“The objectives of developing research that can enhance health outcomes and address important social challenges on a global scale are perfectly aligned with the University of Minnesota’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, global health, and social responsibility. UMN is the right partner for this research.” 

— RIHES Deputy Director Kriengkrai Srithanaviboonchai MD, MPH


Providing Opportunities for Streamlined Processes and Student Engagement 

CGHSR can consult on the following items related to the Thailand partnership:

  • Research implementation
  • Connecting UMN faculty and students with multidisciplinary academic partners, NGOs and IGOs
  • Training opportunities for students