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Pint of Science Thailand 2019 in Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Pint of Science Thailand 2019 in Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Posted 10/05/2019

This year, the Pint of Science festival in Thailand is in not one but two cities! Join us in Bangkok at WeLearn on 21st-22nd May, and at Hungry Wolf's in Chiang Rai on 25th May.

Join SMRU for Hand Hygiene Day

Join SMRU for Hand Hygiene Day

Posted 10/05/2019

The 5th May is World Hand Hygiene Day. To raise awareness among staff and the Thai-Myanmar border populations of the importance of hand washing, a simple, proven effective way of infection prevention, the SMRU infection control committee worked with the SMRU clinics and Mae Sot lab staff to create this fantastic video.

Applications are now open for our Short Course on Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Applications are now open for our Short Course on Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Posted 07/05/2019

This 5-day course is aimed at participants with a basic understanding of infectious disease modelling and an aptitude for the R programming language. On completion participants will be able to write and analyse the dynamics of a simple mathematical model and use it to consider cost and intervention scenarios. September 23-27 at St Anne’s College, Oxford

Fever and antibiotic use

Fever and antibiotic use

Posted 03/05/2019

How to change urban Myanmar communities' antibiotics usage habits? Check out Fever and antibiotic use, a Wellcome-funded community theatre initiative by MOCRU Research Coordinator Dr Myo Maung Maung Swe, that uses forum theatre to engage Yangon residents in a lively manner so they can learn when to use antibiotics – or not.

Eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific could save 400,000 lives

Eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific could save 400,000 lives

Posted 25/04/2019

25 April 2019 Bangkok (Thailand) – Increased funding is needed to eliminate malaria across 22 Asia-Pacific countries and save an estimated 400,000 lives, according to research published in a new collection of studies on Wellcome Open Research. Although Asia-Pacific countries have made significant progress towards their goal of eliminating malaria by 2030, collection researchers warn that stagnating donor funding puts at risk national malaria ...

Cherry's story: a career launched by first-hand experience and a good mentor

Cherry's story: a career launched by first-hand experience and a good mentor

Posted 03/04/2019

How do you go about building all the skills you need at the start of your research career? Cherry Lim from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, was lucky to find a good mentor who guided her through this journey, but her own ceaseless curiosity and excitement about research were also important.

Podcast interview with Lisa White: Mathematical modelling for tropical diseases

Podcast interview with Lisa White: Mathematical modelling for tropical diseases

Posted 02/04/2019

Mathematical modelling, particularly when combined with economical modelling, allows researchers and policy makers to determine the most effective interventions to fight infectious diseases such as malaria. We can use those models to explore ‘what ifs’ scenarios, at country or province level, save more lives and limit costs.

Katherine Plewes earns Canadian grant for KIMORU based study

Katherine Plewes earns Canadian grant for KIMORU based study

Posted 28/02/2019

Working closely with the University of British Columbia (UBC)'s Support Program to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC), MORU Malaria Researcher Dr Katherine Plewes (right) was recently awarded a 3-year, C$971,551 grant for her study on Evaluating the renoprotective effect of acetaminophen in pediatric severe falciparum malaria: A randomized controlled trial. The study, a much larger version of Katherine’s earlier randomized controlled trial in ...

Guide to sepsis management offers comprehensive, practical advice for resource-limited settings

Guide to sepsis management offers comprehensive, practical advice for resource-limited settings

Posted 26/02/2019

On 12 Feb 2019 a new book, Sepsis Management in Resource-limited Settings, was published. The result of a 3-year project led by MORU and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the book was written by critical care physicians from around the globe. Coordinated by honorary MORU member Marcus Schultz, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine in Amsterdam,  with Martin Dünser, an intensivist from Austria, and Arjen Dondorp, Head of ...

DeTACT study begins; will develop two new, safe malaria treatments

DeTACT study begins; will develop two new, safe malaria treatments

Posted 13/02/2019

On 24-25 Jan 2019, investigators met in Bangkok to launch the Developing Triple Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (DeTACT) Project. Led by MORU and funded by UKaid and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), DeTACT is a large, 14 site trial in 8 African and 5 Asian countries that will study the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two Triple Artemisinin Combination Therapy (TACT) combinations, using combinations of existing ...