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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

Bangkok, 15 May 2017 – Thailand and SE Asia’s first Pint of Science Festival kicked off 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 Student Video

MORU Student Video

Posted 08/05/2017

Based in Bangkok, MORU is a research collaboration established in 1979 between our host, Mahidol University, University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust. We seek to seek to address health problems afflicting urban and rural populations across the tropics.

MORU TME brings water pumps to Laos villages

MORU TME brings water pumps to Laos villages

Posted 02/05/2017

Bangkok, 2 May 2017 – MORU’s Lao PDR targeted malaria elimination (TME) team recently installed 8 hand pumps to provide safe drinking water in 4 villages in Nong District, Savannakhet Province after villagers requested the pumps in return for participating in a TME project. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the TME project seeks to accelerate malaria elimination by providing mass drug administrations to communities with a ...

Facebook live: Village Drama against Malaria performance in Cambodia

Facebook live: Village Drama against Malaria performance in Cambodia

Posted 25/04/2017

  On 25 April, World Malaria Day 2017, Village Drama Against Malaria broadcast live on Facebook a malaria awareness and engagement performance by villagers in Phnom Dambong village, Pailin Province. Over 300 villagers and local authorities attended the fun, lively, sometimes raucous performance of music, karaoke, short health talks, games and drama. The show was held to support Cambodia’s efforts to eliminate falciparum malaria – the most ...

Podcast Janjira Thaipadungpanit: Molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping

Podcast Janjira Thaipadungpanit: Molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping

Posted 11/04/2017

A molecular microbiologist, Dr Janjira’s research focusses on using bacterial typing based on genome to confirm which disease is present in a patient. She aims to develop a single whole genome sequence type test using mutliple-PCR assays that can determine from a single sample of blood what bacteria or viruses are present in a patient’s blood – thereby speeding up diagnosis and potentially saving lives in resource-limited settings.

Podcast Markus Winterberg: Biomarkers for tropical diseases

Podcast Markus Winterberg: Biomarkers for tropical diseases

Posted 28/03/2017

Having a background in malaria physiology and biochemistry, Markus Winterberg’s research focus is on the interaction between host, pathogen and drug, the metabolism of antimalarial drugs and discovering biomarkers for tropical diseases. Markus aims to use these biomarkers to develop non-invasive, field-based rapid diagnostic tests for tropical diseases that quickly identify pathogens, thereby improving diagnostics and the treatment of patients.

LOMWRU presents 2016 report to Lao MoH

LOMWRU presents 2016 report to Lao MoH

Posted 15/03/2017

On the 2nd March 2017, Prof Paul Newton, Director of LOWMRU, Professor Nicholas Day, Director of the MORU Network, Assoc. Professor Mayfong Mayxay, Head of LOMWRU Field Research & Mrs Viengmon Davong, Deputy Director of the Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital presented to His Excellency Professor Dr Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Health, Lao PDR, LOWMRU’s Scientific Annual Report for 2016 and discussed its findings. Founded in 2000 and ...

Premjit Amornchai: MORU Biosafety Level 3 and melioidosis in Thailand

Premjit Amornchai: MORU Biosafety Level 3 and melioidosis in Thailand

Posted 07/03/2017

Microbiologist Premjit Amornchai heads our Bio-Safety Level (BSL) 3 Laboratory. The BSL3 Lab handles several dangerous materials, most notably, Burkholderia pseudomallei, a highly pathogenic bacterium commonly found in soil and water in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. The pathogen causes the difficult to diagnose, deadly bacterial infection melioidosis. Premjit works with MORU researchers who have produced a rapid diagnostic test that aims to improve both diagnosis and public awareness of melioidosis.

Lorenz von Seidlein: Malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region

Lorenz von Seidlein: Malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region

Posted 28/02/2017

Multidrug resistant P. falciparum malaria is now established in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, causing high treatment failure rates for artemisinin combination therapies, the main falciparum malaria medicines.
A further spread from Myanmar to India then sub-Saharan Africa would be a global public health disaster. TME seeks the best ways to eliminate drug-resistant malaria, using both technical solutions and novel ways that engage entire communities.

Mahidol University honours Sir Nick

Mahidol University honours Sir Nick

Posted 23/02/2017

  On 14th February, the Faculty of Tropical Medicine (FTM), Mahidol University, Thailand hosted a Congratulations party to honour Professor Sir Nicholas J. White, FRS, OBE on the occasion of his receiving Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George from the United Kingdom for services to Tropical Medicine and Global Health. A Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford (UK) and Mahidol University, a ...