Department of Physiology
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital
One of the first three pioneering Departments of the Faculty of Medicine that formerly belonged to Chulalongkorn Hospital.
As a part of the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, the Department of Physiology is located on the 10th Floor of the Phaetthayaphat Building. Formerly situated on the 1st floor of the Physiology Building, the department was relocated to the Phaetthayaphat Building when both the Physiology Building and the Anatomy Building were torn down to build a new building dedicated for the preclinical education. The department has been in its current location since June 1st, 2008.
The Department of Physiology was one of the first three departments founded at the Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The department started operating on June 11th, 1947. In 1967, when the decree had been passed to establish the Faculty of Medicine as a part of Chulalongkorn University, the affiliation of the department along with other organizations was then transferred to the university. The department is still recognized as a division of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Thai Red Cross Society.
The Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University is an institution of academic excellence in physiology, a center that creates valuable medical knowledge, and an ideal workplace that focuses on the welfare and wellbeing of its personnel.
- Mission in Education
The Department of Physiology aims to provide the best medical education for both undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of Medicine and other faculties in Chulalongkorn University.
- Mission in Research
The Department of Physiology aims to create the nationally and internationally recognized medical research in the field of Basic and Applied Physiology.
- Mission in Academic Services
The Department of Physiology aims to provide excellent academic services at the national and international levels, such as giving lectures at other medical institutes, delivering medical knowledge to the public, and providing medical care to patients.
- Mission in Arts and Culture
The Department of Physiology aims to promote, support, and engage in any activities related to arts and culture.
- Mission in Administration
The Department of Physiology aims to maintain the governance excellence, transparency, and efficiency, as well as the welfare and wellbeing of its personnel.
Structure or Sections of the Department/Center
The Department of Physiology aims to produce and publish high-quality research in the field of Basic and Applied Physiology in order to achieve the goal of the Faculty and the University towards international recognition.
At present, the department operates the Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases Research Unit and the following research laboratories:
- Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratory
- Neurophysiology Laboratory
- Cardiovascular physiology Laboratory
- Gastrointestinal physiology Laboratory
- Renal Physiology Laboratory
- Endocrinology and Metabolism Laboratory
- Reproductive physiology Laboratory
In addition, the Department of Physiology in partnership with the Excellence Center of Gait and Motion, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital provides diagnostic, physiotherapy, and research services for patients with gait and motion disorders at the Exercise Physiology laboratory, 4th Floor of the Phaetthayaphat Building.
The Department of Physiology provides 6 major services:
1. Providing academic services in physiology and related sciences. The department provides this service to 2 external institutions: the Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing and the Police Nursing College. Our faculty members also give special lectures at other institutions, such as Thammasat University, Naresuan University, and Walailak University.
2. Organizing medical conferences and meetings in partnership with other professional societies and academic institutions, such as the annual MDCU congress of the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and the annual meeting of The Physiological Society of Thailand.
3. Being guest speakers at the national and international medical conferences.
4. Providing medical services. Although our department is not directly responsible for patient care, the department encourages the faculty members to provide medical services in the following clinics:
- The Gastrointestinal Clinic, Liver Transplant Clinic, Neurology Clinic, Headache Clinic, Memory Clinic, Nephrology Clinic, and Internal Medicine Clinic at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.
- Chulalongkorn University Health Service Center.
- Services provided for students and staffs of the Chulalongkorn University, the Thai Red Cross Society, and the general public. The department believes that the continuing medical exposure of the faculty members will increase their medical experiences, promote the integration between basic and clinical sciences in medical education, support the performance of translational and applied research, and encourage the research collaboration between preclinical and clinical departments.
5. Conducting community projects, such as physical fitness tests at the events hosted by the University or the Hospital.
6. Joining the national and international professional and academic committees. Our faculty members are the members of several committees, such as The Physiological Society of Thailand, the Gastroenterological Association of Thailand, and the Thai Headache Study Forum, Neurological Society of Thailand.
Operating Hours and Location
Monday – Friday (Closed on public holidays), 08.00 – 17.00 hrs.
Phaetthayaphat Building, 10th Floor
Department of Physiology,
Phaetthayaphat Building, 10th Floor
02 256 4267 and 02 252 7854