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Improved home designs may fight malaria in Africa

Improved home designs may fight malaria in Africa

Posted 21/08/2017

21 August 2017 Bangkok – Changing home designs and materials to make homes cooler and harder for mosquitoes to enter could reduce malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study in The Lancet Planetary Health. Study researchers found 96% fewer mosquitoes in a Southeast Asian style two storey house built with permeable local bamboo walls and screened windows compared to a traditional mud or wattle-daub African home built on ...

Pioneering Medicine Quality & Public Health Conference coming to Oxford

Pioneering Medicine Quality & Public Health Conference coming to Oxford

Posted 21/07/2017

The first-ever MQPH Conference will take place at Keble College, Oxford on 23-28 September 2018. This international event will bring together people from public health, national regulatory authorities, pharmacy, biomedical, chemistry, law, ethics, cultural and social sciences, pharmaceutical industry, international organisations and NGOs. It grants an opportunity to discuss the problem and outline the necessary steps to tackle the issue on a global scale. Pre-register your interest now!

Quick test can predict anaemia in malaria patients treated with artemisinins

Quick test can predict anaemia in malaria patients treated with artemisinins

Posted 11/07/2017

6 July Bangkok – An existing malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) can be adapted to predict the delayed anaemia that can complicate severe malaria in patients treated with artemisinin-based antimalarial drugs, say researchers in a study published today in Science Translational Medicine Journal. “These findings are relevant to the thousands of western travellers treated each year for malaria and for non-immune adults in low malaria transmission ...

TuNDRA study kicks off in Siem Reap

TuNDRA study kicks off in Siem Reap

Posted 05/07/2017

On 21 June, the Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) and Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) hosted the kick-off meeting for the multi-country Real-time Tracking of Neglected Bacterial Infectious Diseases Resistance Patterns Asia (TuNDRA) study. Investigators discussed final details of this 5-year study, which will enrol children aged 0-59 months in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Viet Nam who have been hospitalised with suspected invasive ...

Microbiology laboratory reopened after renovations

Microbiology laboratory reopened after renovations

Posted 30/06/2017

Mahosot Hospital has reopened its microbiology laboratory aiming to increase the more rapid   and accurate diagnosis and treatment of its patients. The original microbiology laboratory finished construction in 1920 and was then extended in 2011. The latest renovations to the laboratory’s building were started on September 5, 2016 and finally finished on March 17, 2017 with construction, medical equipment and additional support being supplied by ...

Mahidol begins Asia’s first study of RTS,S malaria vaccine

Mahidol begins Asia’s first study of RTS,S malaria vaccine

Posted 19/06/2017

On Tues 6 June, researchers vaccinated volunteers and began Mahidol University’s study of the malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01. This is the first study in Asia of the vaccine, an advanced product that has received regulatory approval in Europe. Several extensive clinical trials of RTS,S/AS01 have previously been conducted in children in sub-Saharan Africa. In a large Phase 3 trial of RTS,S/AS01E at 11 sites in seven sub-Saharan African countries, ...

Rapid tests would improve malaria patients’ lives – and be cost-effective

Rapid tests would improve malaria patients’ lives – and be cost-effective

Posted 06/06/2017

5 June 2016, Bangkok (Thailand) – Doing a rapid test for G6PD deficiency before prescribing the antimalarial drug primaquine to P. vivax malaria patients could be a cost-effective way to improve thousands of lives, say researchers in a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study includes an interactive online tool that can be adapted to other locations to examine the potential costs and benefits of using rapid diagnostic ...

Investiture of Professor Sir Nicholas White

Investiture of Professor Sir Nicholas White

Posted 05/06/2017

Following the recognition in New Year’s Honours for his services to tropical medicine and global health, on 19 May 2017 Professor Sir Nicholas White, Professor of Tropical Medicine at Oxford and Mahidol University Thailand, Fellow of St John's College, and Chairman of the Wellcome Trust's South East Asian Research Units was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George by the Prince of Wales. The investiture took place at ...

Laos TME field tests new malaria RDTs

Laos TME field tests new malaria RDTs

Posted 24/05/2017

24 May 2017, Bangkok – This April and May, the targeted malaria elimination (TME) study in Laos’ final prevalence survey evaluated new tools to detect asymptomatic malaria. These  included new rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that may be similar in sensitivity to a PCR performed on dried blood spots and reading machines that fire a laser at RDTs and use a thermal camera   to detect faint positive results that would be beyond the range of the human ...

Cheers! Killer bugs star in SEA’s 1st Pint of Science

Cheers! Killer bugs star in SEA’s 1st Pint of Science

Posted 16/05/2017

  Thailand and SE Asia’s first Pint of Science Festival kicked off on Mon 15 May with a look at Killer Bugs: Disease, Detection and Destruction and an enthusiastic reception from 50+ attendees (pictured) that included scientists from MORU and other institutions, business people with a background in science and students. Hosted by MORU’s Phaik Yeong Cheah and Sandy Sachaphimukh, the sold-out evening featured lively presentations from MORU’s ...