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Antimalarial treatments less effective in severely malnourished children

Antimalarial treatments less effective in severely malnourished children

Posted 24/07/2019

MORU researchers have found that severe malnutrition is associated with lower exposure to the antimalarial drug lumefantrine in children treated with artemether-lumefantrine, the most common treatment for uncomplicated falciparum malaria. The study, which is the first to specifically address this, calls urgently for further research into optimised dosing regimens for undernourished children.

Rapidly spreading multidrug-resistant parasites render frontline malaria drug ineffective in southeast Asia

Rapidly spreading multidrug-resistant parasites render frontline malaria drug ineffective in southeast Asia

Posted 23/07/2019

23 July 2019 Bangkok (Thailand) – A rapidly evolving multi-drug resistant lineage of P. falciparum malaria parasites continues to spread in Southeast Asia, leading to alarmingly high treatment failure rates in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam for DHA-piperaquine, one of the world’s most important anti-malaria drugs, say University of Oxford researchers in a study published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. DHA-piperaquine should no longer ...

New study shows faster way to cure vivax malaria

New study shows faster way to cure vivax malaria

Posted 19/07/2019

Bangkok, 19 July 2019 – A large clinical trial in Africa and Asia has shown that a 7 day course of high dose primaquine, a drug used to treat P. vivax malaria, is well tolerated and just as effective as the current standard 14 day regimen, according to a study published this week in The Lancet. Researchers say the findings have important implications for the treatment and elimination of vivax malaria in the Asia Pacific. Coordinated by the ...

Research to investigate the prevalence and causes of rickets in remote NW Myanmar

Research to investigate the prevalence and causes of rickets in remote NW Myanmar

Posted 18/07/2019

After Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) / Myanmar-Oxford Clinical Research Unit (MOCRU) health teams had earlier found a number of children with characteristics of rickets in remote communities in north-west of Myanmar's Naga region on the Indian border, active screening in other villages in the region led to 182 children being identified with severe rickets. As can be seen from the photo and the x-ray, the children, and some adults, have great ...

Village drama against malaria project wins Oxford University Public Engagement with Research Award 2019

Village drama against malaria project wins Oxford University Public Engagement with Research Award 2019

Posted 10/07/2019

A project using drama that engages with village communities in Cambodia, led by Professor Phaik Yeong Cheah has won a Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award 2019. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at Keble College, Oxford, on 10th July hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

Longer follow-up needed for malaria treatment in pregnant women

Longer follow-up needed for malaria treatment in pregnant women

Posted 05/07/2019

New research by Makoto Saito and colleagues at SMRU found that a longer follow-up is required to assess antimalarial drug efficacy in pregnant women. This was found across all drugs assessed in low malaria transmission settings. The report’s authors have called for guidelines specifically for pregnant women and further investigation of optimal follow-up periods in high malaria transmission settings.

BBC News: Big data 'can stop malaria outbreaks before they start'

BBC News: Big data 'can stop malaria outbreaks before they start'

Posted 12/06/2019

A ground-breaking study in Bangladesh has found that using data from mobile phone networks to track the movement of people across the country can help predict where outbreaks of diseases such as malaria are likely to occur, enabling health authorities to take preventative measures. Read this story on BBC News. Head of Epidemiology, Richard Maude, was co-PI for the study and designed it together with co-PI Caroline Buckee from Harvard ...

Under the Mask drama movie

Under the Mask drama movie

Posted 04/06/2019

MORU, SMRU and FilmAid Foundation have the pleasure to invite you to the Bangkok Premiere of Under the Mask Monday 17th June 2019 in Bangkok screening RoomWoof Pack Building, 2nd Floor, 1/3-7 Sala Daeng Soi 1, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10550 Under the Mask is a drama film based on the real testimony of tuberculosis (TB) patients. The story follows the lives of our characters as they journey from diagnosis to treatment and help from the Shoklo ...

Pint of Science Thailand 2019 in Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Pint of Science Thailand 2019 in Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Posted 10/05/2019

This year, the Pint of Science festival in Thailand is in not one but two cities! Join us in Bangkok at WeLearn on 21st-22nd May, and at Hungry Wolf's in Chiang Rai on 25th May.

Join SMRU for Hand Hygiene Day

Join SMRU for Hand Hygiene Day

Posted 10/05/2019

The 5th May is World Hand Hygiene Day. To raise awareness among staff and the Thai-Myanmar border populations of the importance of hand washing, a simple, proven effective way of infection prevention, the SMRU infection control committee worked with the SMRU clinics and Mae Sot lab staff to create this fantastic video.