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Photo and art exhibition In Our Voices

Photo and art exhibition In Our Voices

Posted 04/10/2019

Come to our panel discussion and photo exhibition organised by MORU and SMRU as part of the engagement initiative of the REACHOxford study funded by the Wellcome Trust. Our aim is to provide a platform for discussion about border health, health research and related ethical challenges, focusing on women and children on the Thai-Myanmar border health research participation, burdens and vulnerabilities of participants, and how can research ...

Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson visits MORU and SMRU

Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson visits MORU and SMRU

Posted 18/09/2019

MORU and SMRU were delighted and honoured to host the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor Prof Louise Richardson and her party during her visit to Thailand on 1-4 September. Accompanying the Vice-Chancellor were Jeremy Woodall (Director of Development (Asia)), Frewyeni Kidane (Fundraiser for Southeast Asia), Cher Wu (Asia Development office) and Ed Gibbs (NDM Director of Finance and Operations). After landing in Bangkok on 1 Sept, the ...

MORU's new Critical Care Asia Network: 42 ICUs in 9 countries

MORU's new Critical Care Asia Network: 42 ICUs in 9 countries

Posted 18/09/2019

In partnership with the Wellcome Innovations Flagship Programme, MORU launched its Critical Care Asia Network project with its first investigators’ meeting on 19-20 Aug in Bangkok. The project will establish an Asian ICU network across 42 ICUs in nine countries and implement a setting-adapted electronic registry. Using the registry as well as qualitative methods, it will evaluate the quality of critical care within the network, which will then ...

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 ...