2013 News

Save a baby's life: Donate to emergency C-sections

Save a baby's life: Donate to emergency C-sections

Posted 01/12/2013

Each year, the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) and its network of Thai-Myanmar border clinics provide free delivery and obstetric services to over 2,000 refugee and migrant women, many from Myanmar. About 125-150 of these births need an emergency C-section because the mother’s or the baby’s life is threatened. Although most of these 2,000 births are uncomplicated and can be handled by SMRU staff, SMRU must pay USD 500-700 (GBP 300-430) for ...

Thai research reveals simpler, safer treatment for deadly environmental - borne bacterial disease

Thai research reveals simpler, safer treatment for deadly environmental - borne bacterial disease

Posted 28/11/2013

Bangkok (Thailand), 28 November 2013 – Thailand based medical researchers have found that a simple oral drug regimen to cure melioidosis, a deadly tropical infection, is as effective and safer than the current drug combination used here. Melioidosis is a little known, serious infection caused by the soil and water based bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is found in melioidosis-endemic regions of South-East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, ...

World Melioidosis Conference 2013: Highlights from a memorable week

World Melioidosis Conference 2013: Highlights from a memorable week

Posted 30/09/2013

Bangkok (Thailand) 30 September 2013 - Over 300 of the world’s leading medical researchers and experts in melioidosis from 22 countries gathered together in Bangkok for the 7th World Melioidosis Congress 2013 (WMC 2013). Organized by a tireless team led by Dr. Wirongrong Chierakul, Chairperson of WMC2013 Organizing Committee and Dr. Direk Limmathurotsakul, Head of Microbiology at MORU, WMC 2013 was hosted by MORU and the Faculty of Tropical ...

Ubon: 44 melioid scientists bonding in a rice field!

Ubon: 44 melioid scientists bonding in a rice field!

Posted 18/09/2013

Ubon Ratchathani (Thailand) 18 September 2013 - WMC 2013 kicked off with an enormously successful and jam-packed two-day pre-congress workshop in Ubon Ratchathani 16-17 September attended by an excited party of 32 participants and a dozen international melioidosis experts from nine countries. Ubon and northeastern Thailand are melioidosis hotspots, with an annual incidence of melioidosis that is currently 21.0 per 100,000 population, up from 4.4 ...

COMRU opens new neonatal unit

COMRU opens new neonatal unit

Posted 13/09/2013

Siem Reap (Cambodia) 13 September 2013 - After a year of hard work, the new Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) Neonatal Care Unit at Siem Reap’s Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) opened with a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and VIPs. The Neonatal Unit is made up of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (two beds, with five possible should funding become available) and the Special Care Baby Unit (currently five beds, can be ...

Global Bioethics Summer School 2013 opens

Global Bioethics Summer School 2013 opens

Posted 15/07/2013

Bangkok (Thailand) 15 July 2013 - The second annual Global Health Bioethics Network Summer School began today at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU). About 40 representatives from the Wellcome Trust's Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Malawi, Thailand-Laos, and Vietnam will attend this year's Bioethics Summer School, which runs from 15-18 July 2013. Organised by the Global Health Bioethics Network of the Ethox ...

Using GPS to map Cambodia neonatal care needs

Using GPS to map Cambodia neonatal care needs

Posted 15/07/2013

Siem Reap (Cambodia) 15 July 2013 – Hout Sambath, left, community coordinator for COMRU’s neonatal project, is currently GPS mapping all the villages around the Angkor Hospital for Children Satellite Clinic in Sotnikum district, about 40km east of COMRU’s home in Siem Reap. Some locations can be difficult to reach during rainy season! The neonatal project is a retrospective descriptive study collecting vital background data for future studies. ...

UPDATE: TRAC clinical findings out in Fall 2013

UPDATE: TRAC clinical findings out in Fall 2013

Posted 30/06/2013

Phase 1 of TRAC (Tracking Resistance to Artemisinins Collaboration) is now complete, excluding upper Myanmar, which began late. TRAC will report its clinical findings on artemisinin resistance in 1,200 patients from 15 sites in 10 countries later in 2013. “This high-quality data will update us on the situation of artemisinin resistance at multiple sites in Asia and Africa and give us a better idea of how far it has spread outside western ...

First patients enrolled in Cambodia Targeted Malaria Elimination

First patients enrolled in Cambodia Targeted Malaria Elimination

Posted 13/06/2013

On 13 June, after months of careful planning and discussions with communities and village leaders in Pailin province, the first people were enrolled into the Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) Cambodia study site. The TME study aims to evaluate a whole village treatment strategy for the elimination of malaria. It will enroll 2,000 people in four villages and follow them for a year. Dr Rupam Tripura, who has worked in Pailin since 2007 with Arjen ...

MORU malaria team returns to Chittagong

MORU malaria team returns to Chittagong

Posted 28/05/2013

On 28 May, a MORU Malaria Research team arrived in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where, for the next few months, they will conduct studies on the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria.at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital. Arjen Dondorp, Malaria Department Head and Deputy Director, leads the team. MORU has conducted research in Chittagong for the past 12 years. This year, for the first time, two MORU research doctors will also work on ...