To conduct responsive, clinically relevant tropical medicine research MORU has developed a broad range of research capabilities. This wide interconnected web of expertise provides a research potential much greater than the sum of its parts, and we believe it is the key to our future success.
Currently this research network consists of:
- Three major research centres, in Bangkok, Mae Sot (SMRU) on the Thai-Burma border, and Vientiane, all equipped with excellent clinical research and laboratory facilities and staffed with a critical mass of well trained local and international research physicians and scientists.
- A network of clinical study sites in Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India, equipped with clinical malaria and microbiology laboratories as appropriate.
- Well established malaria research laboratories in Bangkok and Mae Sot (SMRU).
- Microbiology research laboratories in Bangkok, Mae Sot and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Vientiane, Lao PDR.
- International standard BioSafety Level 3 (BSL 3) laboratories in Bangkok and Vientiane.
- Two new healthy volunteer wards at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Bangkok for conducting detailed pharmacokinetic and Phase I studies to full Good Clinical Practice standards.
- A world class pharmacology laboratory in Bangkok for developing and conducting assays of drugs in biological fluids.
- Statistical support and mathematical modelling groups.
- A Clinical Trials Support Group to support international standards of Good Clinical practice, and a developing community engagement programme on the Thai-Burmese border.
- Close ties with our sister programme in Vietnam, and with our wide network of clinical and scientific collaborators in Mahidol University, Oxford and elsewhere.
- A training programme covering all aspects of human research capacity building, from training data entry clerks and laboratory technicians to supporting and supervising PhD students