Established in 1979 as a research collaboration between Thailand's Mahidol University and the UK's University of Oxford and Wellcome, the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and its Departments, laboratories and Operations & Admin are headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand within Mahidol's Faculty of Tropical Medicine.
Our discipline-specific departments and laboratories in Bangkok and elsewhere work closely with all of our MORU Units and study sites, as well as with the national malaria control programmes and ministries of health in countries across SE Asia and the tropics. This enables us to explore heterogeneity in the causes of infectious diseases and allows us to conduct adequately powered multicentre clinical trials, ensuring the generalizability of results.
This broad interconnected network is coordinated by our Science and Strategy Committee, which meets monthly. We also work together through cross programme disease and discipline working groups (for e.g. in malaria, rickettsial diseases, melioidosis, lab microbiology, mathematical and economic modelling and epidemiology).
Through this process we develop our joint research themes and ensure that our research efforts are efficient, synergistic and directed towards the greatest possible impact on health.
Louis Pasteur, COVID-19, and the social challenges of epidemics.
Giles-Vernick T. et al, (2023), Lancet (London, England), 400, 2166 - 2168
Characteristics of Drug-induced Liver Injury in Chronic Liver Disease: Results from the Thai Association for the Study of the Liver (THASL) DILI Registry.
Chirapongsathorn S. et al, (2023), Journal of clinical and translational hepatology, 11, 88 - 96
Risk factor-based screening compared to universal screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in marginalized Burman and Karen populations on the Thailand-Myanmar border: An observational cohort
Prüst JT. et al, (2023), Wellcome Open Research, 7, 132 - 132