2012 News

WMC 2013

WMC 2013

Posted 12/12/2012

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to welcome you to the 7th World Melioidosis Congress 2013 , which will take place at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand during 18th to 20th September 2013. The 7th World Melioidosis Congress 2013 will assemble a great range of medical professionals. Its objective is to support linkage between experts from all around the world and to help them discussing, exchanging, and sharing ...

DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

Posted 14/11/2012

An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium's genetic code. They say it is the first time rapid genetic testing has been used to track and then stop an outbreak. One expert said this would soon become "standard practice" in hospitals.

Antimicrobial Resistance 2013

Antimicrobial Resistance 2013

Posted 01/09/2012

Antimicrobial resistance represents one of the key health challenges of the 21st century. Concerted efforts will be crucial to reduce the existing socioeconomic burden of antimicrobial resistance. The primary objective of this meeting is to bring together researchers and clinicians involved in infectious diseases prevention and control. The meeting will take an integrated approach to research and will focus on a spectrum of diseases including ...

The warrior poet

The warrior poet

Posted 11/07/2012

In early 2012 poet Cameron Conaway was awarded a small arts grant from the Wellcome Trust to begin work on a full-length book of poems about malaria. For the next seven months, Conaway researched, traveled and was guided by the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand. "Malaria: Poems" is now complete. Although it is still under review for publication the manuscript has already garnered reviews from two of America's ...

PROINSO signed agreement

PROINSO signed agreement

Posted 29/05/2012

Mr Gustavo Carerro of PROINSO and Professor Nick Day of MORU shake hands after signing an agreement for PROINSO to make a donation of a state-of-the-art solar power system to Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in a new specialised Tuberculosis treatment centre that will be built.

Waking up to a silent killer

Waking up to a silent killer

Posted 22/05/2012

Also known as Whitmore's disease, Melioidosis is caused by Burkholderia Pseudomallei, a bacteria found in soil, water, or swampy areas like rice fields. Anyone with a wound or open sore that comes into contact with contaminated soil or water is at risk of infection. Others contract the disease by drinking water tainted with the bacteria.

The Place to Head Off Malaria

Posted 29/03/2012

YANGON, MYANMAR — Throughout history malaria has been a major killer, particularly in tropical countries. Over the past half century several highly effective anti-malarial drugs have been introduced and these have contributed to substantial reductions in mortality. The best of these was chloroquine, which was affordable, simple to take and well tolerated. But widespread use, and abuse, of chloroquine allowed malaria parasites to develop ...