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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 ...

Global malaria control threatened by multidrug resistant strain

Global malaria control threatened by multidrug resistant strain

Posted 03/02/2017

Bangkok, 2 February 2017 – A lineage of multidrug resistant P. falciparum malaria has widely spread and is now established in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, causing high treatment failure rates for the main falciparum malaria medicines, artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs), according to a study published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The emergence and spread of this artemisinin drug resistant P falciparum lineage ...

Pharmacometric model enables revised dose regimen so all malaria patients can safely be treated with DP

Pharmacometric model enables revised dose regimen so all malaria patients can safely be treated with DP

Posted 17/01/2017

  Bangkok, 16 Jan 2017 – In the largest study of its kind, a team of researchers led by MORU and WWARN in Bangkok developed a pharmacokinetic model that enabled a revised dose regimen to safely treat all malaria patients including young children with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP), a widely used antimalarial and a first-line treatment against malaria recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Results from the study, ...

David Dance: Bacterial infections in Laos

David Dance: Bacterial infections in Laos

Posted 12/01/2017

Laos is seing a growing number of melioidosis, a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium that lived in the environment. Meliolidosis is a disease greatly under-recognised and treatment is specific, making it a major threat to farmers in developing countries. A better understanding of the prevalence of this infection and how it spreads allows us to better target prevention and treatment.

Professor Nick White recognised in the New Year's Honours list

Professor Nick White recognised in the New Year's Honours list

Posted 03/01/2017

Professor Nicholas White, OBE, 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, is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to tropical medicine and global health. Professor White's research interests at present include the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria, the prevention of antimalarial drug resistance using artemisinin-based combinations, and the biology of relapse in vivax malaria.

Frank Smithuis: Fighting malaria in Myanmar

Frank Smithuis: Fighting malaria in Myanmar

Posted 20/12/2016

Up until now, Myanmar has spent little on heathcare and receive little assistance from rich countries. Prevention is difficult, which leaves diagnosis and treatment. MOCRU has set up a network of community health workers, trained and supplied with diagnostics and treatments, to help improve access to healthcare for remote communities, as explained by MOCRU director Professor Frank Smithuis.

Math models used to predict most effective new RSV vaccine

Math models used to predict most effective new RSV vaccine

Posted 30/11/2016

30 November 2016 (Bangkok) – In a first, scientists used computer simulations to identify the vaccines most likely to be effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of infant severe pneumonia worldwide.     Although there is no vaccine yet available for RSV, a viral infection that annually kills up to 200,000 children under five globally, a study published online today in Vaccine suggests that the most ...