2015 News

How Drug-Resistant Parasites in Asia Could Lead to a Global Comeback for Malaria

How Drug-Resistant Parasites in Asia Could Lead to a Global Comeback for Malaria

Posted 27/12/2015

Although the Wang Pha clinic was established to treat malaria, it hasn't had a malaria case at all in several days. Now, patients come with other ailments or to visit the maternity ward. "When no one is worried, that's when we have to worry," said professor Francois Nosten, director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, which includes Wang Pha and four other clinics along the Thai-Myanmar border.

Légion d’Honneur to François Nosten

Légion d’Honneur to François Nosten

Posted 21/12/2015

On 14th Dec, the French Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Gilles Garachon arrived at Mae Sot to present France’s highest award, l'Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur, to Prof François Nosten, Head of MORU’s Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU). Guests (below) representing many SMRU partners who contributed to this award attended the ceremony including: Eh Ka Lu Shwe Oo from the Karen Department Health and Welfare (KDHW), Dr Cynthia Maung from the Mae ...

Susanna Dunachie: Tropical Immunology

Susanna Dunachie: Tropical Immunology

Posted 24/11/2015

Melioidosis is a neglected tropical disease, and a major infectious killer in South East Asia. Melioidosis particularly affects people with diabetes. Dr Dunachie studies how the patients' own immune system fight the disease, with the aim of designing a vaccine that could stop people getting sick and dying.

Sara Canavati, Cameron Conway - Social Innovation award finalists

Sara Canavati, Cameron Conway - Social Innovation award finalists

Posted 11/11/2015

Two MORU colleagues and friends have made the Social Media Awards: Malaria Heroes shortlist: Sara Canavati and Cameron Conway. An Oxford grad who has worked with SMRU and COMRU, Sara Canavati, is a senior research scientist and infectious diseases epidemiologist who has conducted clinical trials and malaria studies in the Greater Mekong subregion for the last 10 years. She is a finalist in the Regional Malaria Champion Asia Pacific category, ...

SMRU: Preventing neural tube defects with folate supplements

SMRU: Preventing neural tube defects with folate supplements

Posted 11/11/2015

In the past few months, the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) has begun a campaign to make pregnant Karen women and their husbands aware of the importance of pre-conceptual folate to prevent neural tube defects (NTD) in newborns. NTDs are a severe problem in the Thai-Myanmar border areas served by SMRU, with 12 NTD babies per 10,000 births – nearly 10 times higher than in the USA (1.1 per 10,000) and over five times higher than a recent survey ...

New annual student prize launched

New annual student prize launched

Posted 08/10/2015

The inaugural competition for this prize is a Student Poster Competition, which will be held at MORU Bangkok, between 11am-2pm on Monday 30th November 2015 in the Similan Room. Niklas was a great advocate of student activity, and supervised numerous students as part of his role as Head of Pharmacology. We are pleased to announce the launch of a new annual prize. The Niklas Lindegårdh Memorial Student Prize is in honour of our former ...

Charlie Woodrow: Artemisinin Resistance

Charlie Woodrow: Artemisinin Resistance

Posted 23/09/2015

Artemisinins are very poweful tools in the treatment of malaria, and the emerging loss of their activity has the potential to create a major public health problem.

Mass drug administration under way in Myanmar villages

Mass drug administration under way in Myanmar villages

Posted 04/09/2015

The Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) led Malaria Elimination Task Force has undertaken mass drug administration campaigns in Eastern Karen State, Myanmar in areas with a high sub microscopic Plasmodium falciparum parasite prevalence. Mass drug administration (MDA) is used in villages where a high percentage of people are confirmed positive for P. falciparum by ultra-sensitive qPCR. It works by eliminating this sub-microscopic reservoir of ...

Pharmacometric research at MORU to expand thanks to Gates Foundation grant

Pharmacometric research at MORU to expand thanks to Gates Foundation grant

Posted 02/09/2015

31st August 2015 (Bangkok) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has approved a three-year grant that will lead to an expansion of the pharmacometric research group within MORU’s Department of Clinical Pharmacology. Head of Pharmacology Joel Tarning will be principal investigator for the grant, Model-based drug development platforms for antimalarials, which will be based at MORU in Bangkok, Thailand. Malaria is still the most important ...

Phaik Yeong Cheah: The ethics of research

Phaik Yeong Cheah: The ethics of research

Posted 06/08/2015
Dr Phaik Yeong Cheah leads the Department of Bioethics & Engagement at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Thailand.