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.
Professor Trudie Lang, Director of the Global Health Network, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at The University of Oxford, is interviewed by Sky News about the news that trials are to begin into drugs to help with the treatment of Ebola.
A clinical trial is to be carried out in West Africa to see whether a novel antiviral drug called brincidofovir is effective against Ebola, subject to regulatory approval. The trial, involving an international team led by Oxford University scientists, will take place in an Ebola treatment centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Brincidofovir is an experimental antiviral drug made by Chimerix of Durham in North Carolina, USA.
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.