2011 News

The Threat of Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria

Posted 22/09/2011

An article co-authored by MORU’s Professor Arjen Dondorp and published in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the challenges posed by the emergence of artemisinin resistant malaria parasites on the Cambodia-Thailand border, and what this means for the worldwide fight against malaria. The threat posed by artemisinin-resistant malaria requires an effective response that ensures that critical operational and basic research questions be ...

Reducing neonatal deaths in a Refugee Camp

Reducing neonatal deaths in a Refugee Camp

Posted 15/09/2011

The United Nation's IRIN news agency has just published the following news story about SMRU's special care baby unit (SCBU) in Mae La Refugee camp.  Funding from the European Union's "Aid to Uprooted People in Thailand" grant programme supports the running costs of this SCBU and is enabling SMRU to establish similar units for the uprooted population elsewhere. THAILAND: Neonatal care for refugees by refugees MAE SOT, 15 September 2011 (IRIN) - ...

Giving communities a greater voice in research

Posted 30/08/2011

Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) is working as part of a Wellcome Trust initiative to explore the value of participatory video as a tool for community engagement. SMRU is located in Thailand’s northwestern Tak province, with its clinics immediately adjacent to the Burmese border. Since 1986 SMRU has been providing healthcare and conducting operational research amongst the border population, composed of refugees, displaced people and migrant ...

A reliable ex vivo invasion assay of human reticulocytes by Plasmodium vivax

A reliable ex vivo invasion assay of human reticulocytes by Plasmodium vivax

Posted 18/07/2011

Plasmodium vivax is the most important cause of malaria in Asia and South America, infecting more than 200 million people each year. There is no vaccine, and the vivax parasite is now resistant to many of the first line antimalarial drug treatments, such as chloroquine. Accentuating these problems is the fact that the vivax parasite is notoriously difficult to study, hampering efforts to develop effect control measures. To remedy this situation ...

For the people: the Laos collaboration

For the people: the Laos collaboration

Posted 12/07/2011

Ten years ago, information on infectious disease in Laos was scarce. The Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Collaboration has gone some way to changing that. Katherine Nightingale visits the research unit run for the people, by the people, which has made giant leaps in a country’s medical knowledge. Dr Paul Newton wasn't expecting to get into goat husbandry when he came to Laos. But the three goats that ...

AQUAMAT paper shortlisted for BMJ Group Awards

AQUAMAT paper shortlisted for BMJ Group Awards

Posted 04/03/2011

The AQUAMAT Study Group’s landmark paper has been shortlisted for the Research Paper of the Year category at the British Medical Journal Group Awards 2011. The AQUAMAT study showed that compared with the standard treatment of quinine, artesunate reduces mortality by around a quarter in children with severe falciparum malaria, demonstrating that a change of drug regimens could save approximately 100,000 lives per year. Watch a short film about ...

Wellcome trust researchers receive Prince Mahidol Award

Wellcome trust researchers receive Prince Mahidol Award

Posted 27/01/2011

Professor Nick White (right), Chairman of MORU and the South-east Asia Clinical Research Network, has been given an award in recognition of his "outstanding and exemplary contribution to the advancement of the world's medical and public health services". The award consists of a medal, a certificate and a sum of $50 000 (£31 000). Professor Kevin Marsh (left), Director of the MORU's sister research unit in Kenya (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research ...