"The highest honor and pride in his life was when he was nominated and appointed as the Personal Royal Physician of His Majesty King Bhumiphol of Thailand. In his last 20 years of life, Roongtam accompanied His Majesty during HM King’s frequent visits to help people in remote rural areas as well as daily functions in the Royal Palaces."
The Thai Neuroscience Society (TNS) was established in 1985 with Roongtam as the First and Founding President. We now have more than 150 full and student members. In 1988, TNS organizes another IBRO workshop in Asia at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. In 1998, with strategic support from Roongtam and the late Professor Dr. David Ottoson, the Secretary-General of IBRO, TNS organized the first Asian Congress of Neuroscience and this led to the establishment of the Federation of Asian and Oceanean Neuroscience Societies (FAONS). Roongtam became the First and Founding President of FAONS.
Today, Neuroscience in Thailand has spread into many new universities and institutions and neuroscientists in Thailand are involving with applying our knowledge to improve learning and memory, stem-cell research for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, and molecular or nano-neuroscience.