2014 News

Drug-Resistant Malaria Is 'Disaster in the Making'

Drug-Resistant Malaria Is 'Disaster in the Making'

Posted 01/12/2014

MORU scientists are worried that artemisinin-resistant malaria is spreading from Cambodia and across the Thai-Myanmar towards India and Africa, where it could affect millions. Find out why in this NBC TV (USA) piece that features SMRU's Prof Francois Nosten and MORU's Prof Nick White.

François Nosten wins science diplomacy award

François Nosten wins science diplomacy award

Posted 24/11/2014

In mid-Nov, in recognition of his 35 years of work fighting malaria in the conflict zones of the Thai-Myanmar border and for bringing around the same table Karen and Burmese representatives to discuss malaria elimination, François Nosten, director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), was awarded the 2014 TWAS Regional Prize for Science Diplomacy. The award comes with a U$3,000 cheque that will go towards SMRU finances. The Academy of ...

How maths help fight infectious diseases

How maths help fight infectious diseases

Posted 27/10/2014

The work of MORU’s Mathematical and Economic Modelling Department (MAEMOD) was recently featured in a piece on SciDevNet titled, Using maths to find the best weapon against malaria. In the four-min piece, Lisa White, the head of MAEMOD, explains how the MAEMOD team scientists develop mathematical models to show how drug-resistant malaria is transmitted and test how it might be controlled or even eliminated. MORU Health Economist Yoel Lubell ...

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

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

Posted 08/08/2014

Using a dataset of over 3,000 samples of Streptococcus pneumoniae data collected at Maela Refugee Camp, researchers at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have developed a powerful new tool to identify genetic changes in the disease-causing bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistance. The data were collected as part of an Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) study run by Drs Claudia and Paul Turner at MORU’s Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) ...

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

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

Posted 31/07/2014

Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to critical border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global malaria control and elimination programmes, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study confirms that resistance to the world’s most effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread in Southeast Asia. This is not the first, or even the second time the malaria parasite has ...

Radical action needed to prevent drug-resistant malaria spread

Radical action needed to prevent drug-resistant malaria spread

Posted 21/07/2014

One of the world's leading malaria researchers, Professor Nicholas White, has warned radical action is needed to prevent the further spread of a deadly drug-resistant malaria parasite that has the potential to kill millions. He was interviewed on ABC News show 'The World', along with other MORU researchers.

Bill and Melinda Gates visit Palin

Bill and Melinda Gates visit Palin

Posted 15/07/2014

In April 2014, Bill and Melinda Gates visited the Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) study in Palin, Cambodia. The TME study is a collaboration between MORU and the Cambodian National Malaria Control Program and assesses the epidemiology and role of treatment of subclinical falciparum malaria. The visit was hosted by MORU’s Prof Arjen Dondorp, Drs Rupam Tripura and Tom Peto.

Saving lives: Developing a rapid test for tropical fevers

Saving lives: Developing a rapid test for tropical fevers

Posted 11/04/2014

Each day over 12,000 people die in the tropics from a fever due to bacterial or malaria infection. How to treat these fevers – whether to use an antimalarial or an antibiotic – is a life or death decision. However, there’s currently no simple way for health workers to tell whether they’re faced with a bacterial or malaria infection or a self-limiting viral illness. This leads to the unnecessary use of antimicrobials, and helps drive the spread ...

How Malaria defeats our drugs

How Malaria defeats our drugs

Posted 25/03/2014

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong visits Prof François Nosten to find out more about his research and how Malaria is defeating our best drugs.

Harmless bacterium could be source of antibiotic resistance

Harmless bacterium could be source of antibiotic resistance

Posted 09/02/2014

A harmless bacterium could be a source for antibiotic resistance in treatments against such diseases as pneumonia, bacteraemia and meningitis, according to an important paper pubished in Nature Genetics. Their results could help in the design of better strategies to deal with the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a bacterium that is a major global health problem. Although there are vaccines currently available ...