Tropical Medicine and Global Health is a collection of research groups within the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, who are permanently based in Africa and Asia as well as a growing number of groups in Oxford. Our research ranges from clinical studies to behavioural sciences, with capacity building integral to all of our activities.
The majority of our research is conducted at three Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes in Kenya, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as the Centre in Oxford. Tropical Medicine and Global Health also brings together a number of sister groups in Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia and Nepal, and collaborators around the world.
Tackling infectious diseases, which kill many millions of people every year, is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. We are researching solutions to the increasingly urgent problems these diseases cause.
The Atlas of Human Infectious Diseases provides a practical and visual overview of the current distribution and determinants of major infectious diseases of humans. The maps are accompanied by a concise summary of key information on the infectious agent and its clinical and epidemiological characteristics. The Atlas has been edited by Prof Peter Horby and Prof Heiman Wertheim, and is freely available online or to buy in print from Wiley-Blackwell.
Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks, says the World Health Organization. A partnership between Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust is now visiting sites in the three affected African countries to identify which treatment centres would be adequate and willing to start testing drugs soon.
In 1989 the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), one of Africa's leading health research institutions, formed a landmark partnership with the Wellcome Trust and the University of Oxford, to establish a research programme on the coast of Kenya, the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Over 25 years, the programme has grown from a small group of around 12 people to become a major Programme with about 800 staff working across Kenya and conducting collaborative research in many other countries in the region. Our goal has been to find ways to harness research to achieve better health for all in Africa whilst working with the local community as well as developing African scientific leadership.