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New Wellcome partnerships to translate research into treatments

New Wellcome partnerships to translate research into treatments

Posted 05/12/2017

Wellcome is announcing new collaborations with six institutions to find new ways to translate scientific discoveries into real world impact. The partnership with MORU will focus on closing the gap between research and implementing interventions, building capacity and expertise to support early translation to improve the health of people in low-income countries.

Researchers attack Mekong malaria superbug on multiple fronts

Researchers attack Mekong malaria superbug on multiple fronts

Posted 22/11/2017

Professor Arjen Dondorp and colleagues are inching their way across the fringes of five Southeast Asian countries to test a triple combination therapy of antimalarial drugs. Results from the trial, being conducted in rural corners of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, are due by mid-2018. This trial is also mentioned in the New York Times.

The European Melioidosis Congress 2018

The European Melioidosis Congress 2018

Posted 09/11/2017

We would like to warmly invite you to The European Melioidosis Congress 2018, which is to be based at Lady Margaret Hall, one of the colleges of University of Oxford. The congress will open with a drinks and canapé welcome reception on the evening of Monday 19th March 2018. This will be followed by two full conference days on Tuesday 20th March and Wednesday 21st March.

Oxford-Mahidol collaboration shortlisted for Newton Prize

Oxford-Mahidol collaboration shortlisted for Newton Prize

Posted 02/11/2017

  A collaboration between the University of Oxford and Thailand’s Mahidol University has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Newton Prize for its project aiming to understand the early stages of scrub typhus in Thailand. The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. Oxford Professor Nick Day (left) is in ...

B’desh GroupMappers hold first workshop

B’desh GroupMappers hold first workshop

Posted 01/12/2017

On 15 Oct, the Bangladesh GroupMappers held their first work workshop at the Cadet College Club, Dhaka. About 20 volunteer GroupMappers attended the workshop, which was led by MORU Epidemiology GIS Specialist Sazid Ibna Zaman, with support from Study Coordinator Didar Uddin, Dr. Ipsita Sinha and Richard Maude, Head of Epidemiology. GroupMappers is a citizen science initiative led by Mr. Zaman to crowdsource mapping of remote areas of ...

Professor Nick White elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Professor Nick White elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Posted 17/10/2017

Congratulations to Professor Sir Nick White, elected to the National Academy of Medicine (US). Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Using Mahidol's B. pseudomallei test to confirm melioidosis in the lab

Using Mahidol's B. pseudomallei test to confirm melioidosis in the lab

Posted 16/10/2017

Work at the Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) and Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) has highlighted the importance of melioidosis, infection by the soil-dwelling bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, as a cause of severe illness in Cambodian children (P Turner et al and Pagnarith et al).

Myanmar B. pseudomallei study kicks off

Myanmar B. pseudomallei study kicks off

Posted 03/10/2017

                  Yangon, 3 Oct 2017 - MOCRU and its partner Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) have begun a study to identify areas in Myanmar where Burkholderia pseudomallei is present in the soil and where people are at risk of melioidosis, a difficult to diagnose deadly bacterial disease. Funded by MAM, the study will run for 6-12 months and contribute to the global mapping of B. pseudomallei. MOCRU Director Frank Smithuis is Principal ...

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Posted 20/09/2017

21 September, Bangkok, Thailand – A highly drug resistant malaria "superbug" from western Cambodia is now present in southern Vietnam, leading to alarming failure rates for dihydroartemisinin (DHA)-piperaquine — Vietnam’s national first-line malaria treatment, leading malaria scientists warn. The spread of this dominant artemisinin drug resistant P falciparum C580Y mutant malaria parasite lineage across the entire Mekong Sub-region is a serious ...

Direk Limmathurotsakul earns RSTMH Emerging Leaders Award

Direk Limmathurotsakul earns RSTMH Emerging Leaders Award

Posted 19/09/2017

At their Annual Meeting 13 Sept, the Trustees of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) awarded MORU’s Dr Direk Limmathurotsakul its Emerging Leaders Award. Awarded annually, the RSTMH Emerging Leaders Award recognises significant contributions in leadership and service, including mentoring and other forms of capacity-building, to the fields of tropical medicine and global health by early-career investigators based in low ...