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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 ...

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.