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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 ...

Congratulations to Tropical Medicine researchers

Congratulations to Tropical Medicine researchers

Posted 13/09/2017

The University of Oxford has conferred the title of Associate Professor to Yoel Lubell, Head of Economics and Translational Research, to Olivo Miotto from the Centre for Genomics and Global Health, and to Ronald Geskus from OUCRU. Louise Thwaites, Clinical Research Fellow at OUCRU, our sister unit in Vietnam, was appointed University Research Lecturer. Based in MORU's Mathematical/Economic Modelling (MAEMOD) Department in Bangkok, Thailand, ...

International research network WWARN nominated for ‘Oscar of higher education’

International research network WWARN nominated for ‘Oscar of higher education’

Posted 12/09/2017

The WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) has been shortlisted for a 2017 Times Higher Education Award in the International Collaboration of the Year category. Known as the ‘Oscars of higher education’, the awards recognise the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life. This category acknowledges exceptional projects carried out jointly between a UK institution and one or more international partners.

Hats on at latest BKKSci Café

Hats on at latest BKKSci Café

Posted 07/09/2017

On 30 Aug, Prof. Lisa White (photo left), Head of Mathematical/Economic Modelling (MAEMOD) at MORU, led an engaging interactive Bangkok Scientifique session on the uses of mathematical modelling in infectious diseases at Café Tartine in Bangkok.   Lisa kicked things off by asking attendees to assume that an unknown infection was spreading at the café. Participants were given conical caps (photo right). Using a mathematical model, Lisa then told ...

Mosquito wars

Mosquito wars

Posted 23/08/2017

In Southeast Asia, some types of the malaria parasite develop resistance to the drug combinations used to cure and prevent the disease. If this drug resistance spread to Africa, it’d be a disaster. Fortunately, partners on the front lines are finding ways to fight back. Watch this video about the amazing work our team of SMRU researchers is doing to combat drug resistance in Thailand.

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 ...