MORU’s scientific, administrative and logistical support departments are based in Bangkok’s Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine, our host institution in Thailand.
Every MORU Department and MORU Units plays a role in fulfilling our research aims which for 2015-2020 specifically include maternal and child health and the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathogen biology, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Our discipline-specific departments and laboratories in Bangkok and elsewhere work closely with all of our MORU Units and study sites, as well as with the national malaria control programmes and ministries of health in countries across SE Asia and the tropics. This enables us to explore heterogeneity in the causes of infectious diseases and allows us to conduct adequately powered multicentre clinical trials, ensuring the generalizability of results.
This broad interconnected network is coordinated by our Science and Strategy Committee, which meets monthly. We also work together through cross programme disease and discipline working groups (for e.g. in malaria, rickettsial diseases, melioidosis, lab microbiology, mathematical and economic modelling and epidemiology).
Through this process we develop our joint research themes and ensure that our research efforts are efficient, synergistic and directed towards the greatest possible impact on health.