MORU Epidemiology studies the factors that contribute to the risk of different diseases and how to reduce those risks. The research portfolio includes clinical studies, descriptive epidemiology, and statistical and mathematical modelling of human diseases in South and Southeast Asia and Africa with a current focus on malaria, dengue, novel pathogens and environmental health.
Headed by Prof Richard Maude, the Epidemiology Department at MORU works in close collaboration with other departments and units across the MORU network, national disease control programmes and a broad range of other collaborators. In all projects, the Epidemiology Department works with policy-makers as partners to address the scientific questions most pertinent to the disease control and elimination agendas and generate evidence to inform policy decisions.
Established in 2016, MORU Epidemiology has grown to over 30 people based in 10 countries. The Department published 43 peer-reviewed research papers since its founding. In 2018, Epidemiology supervised and trained 2 DPhil, 5 PhD and 1 MSc students.
The Epidemiology team are running a series of training workshops for National Malaria Control Programmes in the Greater Mekong Subregion on mathematical modelling, GIS and data analysis to increase their technical capacity.