Headed by Prof Richard Maude, the Epidemiology Department at MORU works in close collaboration with the clinical research teams and MORU's Mathematical and Economic Modelling Department (MAEMOD), national communicable disease control programmes and a broad range of other collaborators.
The Epidemiology Department’s research aims are to quantify the burden of malaria and other communicable diseases in South and Southeast Asia over space and time and investigate their determinants to inform planning of disease control and elimination strategies. Core components include:
- Clinical and epidemiological field studies
- Collation of data from a wide range of partners
- GIS mapping
- Spatial statistical analysis and modelling
- Building epidemiology and mapping capacity across the region
Current Epidemiology projects include:
- Assessing current status for malaria elimination in the Asia-Pacific
- Malaria and dengue risk mapping and response planning in the Greater Mekong Subregion
- Quantifying the impact of human mobility on P. falciparum malaria burden and spread of antimalarial resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Bangladesh
- Epidemiology of malaria in northeast Thailand: a case-control study
- Genetic reconnaissance of malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Bangladesh
- Economic-epidemiological decision models to support malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Bangladesh
- Automated smartphone microscopy for malaria
In all projects MORU Epidemiology works with policymakers as partners to address the scientific questions most pertinent to the disease control and elimination agendas.