Cambodia-Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU)

Significant research achievements at COMRU 2009-2014

Working in the Diagnostic microbiology laboratory at COMRU, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  1. First description of MRSA in Cambodia and characterization of community carriage
  2. First description of melioidosis in Cambodia. Both this and the presence of MRSA have major implications for empirical treatment of sepsis
  3. Identification of Burkholderia pseudomallei as the dominant aetiologic agent of suppurative parotitis in children in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  4. Described the important causes of fever in hospitalised Cambodian children
  5. Completed five year retrospective studies of bone and joint and blood stream infections at AHC
  6. Described the changing patterns of gastrointestinal parasitosis in children presenting to AHC between 2006 and 2011
  7. Determined the genetic characteristics of Salmonella typhi isolates from AHC patients, in collaboration with colleagues in the VN MOP
  8. Evaluated PCR and antibody-based RDTs for diagnosis of typhoid in children
  9. Described the first paediatric case of Chromobacterium violaceum infection in Cambodia
  10. Identified the potential utility of regular point prevalence surveys of healthcare-associated infections as a means to monitor infection control interventions