Landmark findings on antibiotic resistance based on SMRU Maela Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) study


Drug-resistant malaria has spread to critical border regions of Southeast Asia


Saving lives: Developing a rapid test for tropical fevers


How malaria defeats our drugs

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The Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) aims to fight infectious tropical diseases affecting rural communities in Asia and elsewhere in the developing world. We develop effective and practical means of diagnosing and treating Malaria and other neglected diseases such as Typhus, Melioidosis, and Leptospirosis.

MORU is a collaboration between Mahidol University, the University of Oxford and was established with the Wellcome Trust in 1979. Our main office and laboratories are located within the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. We have study sites and collaborations across Thailand and in other parts of the developing world including Laos, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, and The Gambia.

MORU was established and is supported with significant funding from the Wellcome Trust, though we also receive funding from other trusts and foundations, governments, and multi-lateral donors.
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Recent Publications 

Loop-mediated isothermal amplification for Rickettsia typhi (the causal agent of murine typhus): problems with diagnosis at the limit of detection. Dittrich SCastonguay-Vanier JMoore CEThongyoo NNewton PNParis DHJ Clin Microbiol. 2014 Mar;52(3):832-8.


The practice and clinical implications of tablet splitting in international health. Elliott IMayxay M,Yeuichaixong SLee SJNewton PNTrop Med Int Health. 2014 Apr 7. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12309.


A Tiered Analytical Approach for Investigating Poor Quality Emergency Contraceptives. Monge ME, Dwivedi P, Zhou M, Payne M, Harris C, House B, Juggins Y, Cizmarik P, Newton PN, Fernandez FM, Jenkins D. PLOS ONE April 2014, Volume 9, Issue 4, e95353.