Frank Smithuis: Fighting malaria in Myanmar

Frank Smithuis: Fighting malaria in Myanmar

Posted 20/12/2016

Up until now, Myanmar has spent little on heathcare and receive little assistance from rich countries. Prevention is difficult, which leaves diagnosis and treatment. MOCRU has set up a network of community health workers, trained and supplied with diagnostics and treatments, to help improve access to healthcare for remote communities, as explained by MOCRU director Professor Frank Smithuis.

Math models used to predict most effective new RSV vaccine

Math models used to predict most effective new RSV vaccine

Posted 30/11/2016

30 November 2016 (Bangkok) – In a first, scientists used computer simulations to identify the vaccines most likely to be effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of infant severe pneumonia worldwide.     Although there is no vaccine yet available for RSV, a viral infection that annually kills up to 200,000 children under five globally, a study published online today in Vaccine suggests that the most ...

Fishy Clouds opens!

Fishy Clouds opens!

Posted 09/11/2016

8 Nov 2016 (Bangkok) - This week marks the opening of a series of performances of Fishy Clouds, a MORU collaboration with innovative Bangkok-based B-floor Theatre group. Produced following a 6-month WT-funded research residency at MORU, Fishy Clouds is a 40-45 minute puppet theatre performance that focuses on antimicrobial resistance and the ethics of research with children. It is part of MORU's Public Engagement activities to make science more ...

Paul Newton: Poor quality medicines

Paul Newton: Poor quality medicines

Posted 08/11/2016

Poor quality medicines are a serious threat to our health. Falsified medicines and substandards medicines are a problem for all countries, but particularly for low and middle income countries where we see, for example, a large epidemic of fake anti-malarial drugs. Globally, better medicine regulatory authorities will help improve the quality of our medicines.

Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

Posted 11/10/2016

11 October 2016, Mae Sot (Thailand) – Training local Karen and Burman women as skilled birth attendants in refugee settings resulted in no adverse perinatal outcomes and many positive outcomes such as a drop in stillbirths and infant deaths and more babies being born in clinics rather than at home, says a new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.  Developed on the Thai-Myanmar border, the training programme may be a model that ...

Medicine at Oxford named world's best for sixth year running

Medicine at Oxford named world's best for sixth year running

Posted 04/10/2016

Medical and health teaching and research at Oxford University has been ranked as the world's best for the sixth year running in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The discipline-specific tables, released today, follow on from last week's announcement that Oxford has been ranked the top university in the world by the same publication – the first time a UK institution has been awarded the accolade.

Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections increasing in Thailand and likely elsewhere in Asia

Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections increasing in Thailand and likely elsewhere in Asia

Posted 06/09/2016

7 September 2016, Bangkok (Thailand) – Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections cause more than 19,000 excess deaths a year in Thailand alone, according to a study published today in eLife Sciences Publications. In a first for Thailand, the study systematically examined microbiology laboratory and hospital databases from nine public hospitals in Northeast Thailand and compared them to Thailand’s national death registry to estimate that 19,122 ...

Café Scientifique holds first Vientiane session

Café Scientifique holds first Vientiane session

Posted 03/08/2016

On Thur 21 July, the University of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health in collaboration with LOMWRU held the first Vientiane Science Café event in Laos. More than 50 students and staff of the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing Sciences, Medical Technology, Basic Sciences, and Public Health attended the two hour-long event. The Café kicked off with a introductory words by Dr Phouthone Vangkonevilay, Vice President of the ...

Loads of awards in latest Oxford distinction applications

Loads of awards in latest Oxford distinction applications

Posted 03/08/2016

We are delighted to announce that several MORU Network colleagues were honoured in the recent University of Oxford Recognition of Distinction rounds. Clockwise from top left: Joel Tarning was awarded the title of Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Lisa White Professor of Modelling and Epidemiology. Stuart Blacksell, Susanna Dunachie, Paul Turner, Richard Maude, Frank Smithuis and Phaik Yeong Cheah were each awarded the title of Associate ...

Mehul Dhorda: Finding the best malaria treatments

Mehul Dhorda: Finding the best malaria treatments

Posted 26/07/2016

For malaria, parasite resistance and treatment efficacy is dynamic. Resistance to artemisinin, sometimes induced by poor quality medicines, causes artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to start failing. A robust system for surveillance of resistance can help ensure people get the right treatment at the right time, explains Dr Mehul Dhorda of the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN).