Tropical Medicine and Global Health

The Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health is a world leading Centre within the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, comprised of research groups who are permanently based in Africa and Asia as well as across two sites in Oxford. Our research ranges from clinical studies to behavioral sciences, with capacity building integral to all of our activities.

Our research is conducted at three Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes in Kenya, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as a growing Centre in Oxford. The Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health also brings together a number of sister groups in Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as multiple 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.

MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine

The MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation in global health. This exciting new course embraces the breadth and complexity of global health challenges facing resource limited contexts and equips candidates with the tools and awareness to contribute to innovative solutions.

The Life Cycle of Malaria


Fighting malaria is one of our major objectives. Many NDM scientists try to find new ways to help the millions of people worldwide who are affected by malaria. In our edutainment game, players role-play as mosquito or malaria parasite, and interact with different stages of the disease's life-cycle.

Latest News

Pint of Science Thailand

Pint of Science Thailand

Posted 21/04/2017

The first ever Pint of Science Festival in Thailand (and the first in South East Asia) will be held on the 15th to 17th May, 2017. Come and join us at FabCafe Bangkok to hear about exciting science, from cave paintings to leprosy, epidemics to genetics.

OUCRU collaborates with BBC World Service Evidence Series

OUCRU collaborates with BBC World Service Evidence Series

Posted 20/04/2017
OUCRU researchers and Public Engagement department coordinated the BBC World Service radio recording of ‘Preventing Pandemics’ for The Evidence series on ‘Humans and Animals’.  This was recorded on location with farmers in the Mekong Delta and with an invited metropolitan audience at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Posted 05/04/2017

In a guest blog, Professor Stephen Baker explains the importance of monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases in Asia. Zoonotic diseases that pass from animal to human are an international public health problem regardless of location, but in lower-income countries the opportunities for such pathogens to enter the food chain are amplified.

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Podcast: Meet our Researchers


Molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping

A molecular microbiologist, Dr Janjira’s research focusses on using bacterial typing based on genome to confirm which disease is present in a patient. She aims to develop a single whole genome sequence type test using mutliple-PCR assays that can determine from a single sample of blood what bacteria or viruses are present in a patient’s blood – thereby speeding up diagnosis and potentially saving lives in resource-limited settings.

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Research coverage


Zoonotic Transmission of mcr-1 Colistin Resistance Gene from Small-Scale Poultry Farms,  Vietnam

Using epidemiological and microbiological approaches and sequencing data, this study, led by Prof. Constance Schultsz of the Academic Medical Center and Assoc. Prof. Ngo Thi Hoa, shows that usage of antimicrobials in food animal production selects for antimicrobial resistant bacteria (AMRB) in animals, which increases the risk for faecal colonisation of AMRB in humans.

An investigation conducted by the 80[1]international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières revealed that over a thousand people in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of Congo suffered toxic effects after ingesting fake diazepam pills. The research was published in The Lancet Global Health with contribution from Prof Paul Newton from IDDO and LOMWRU.

Donate to SMRU

Did you know that as part of Oxford University's Campaign, you can donate directly to Tropical Medicines unit on the Thai-Myanmar border?

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