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.

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Public Engagement in Oxford School

Public Engagement in Oxford School

Posted 09/05/2017

Professor Susanna Dunachie ran a stall called “Tropical Laboratory” at SS Philip and James Primary School in Jericho, for their Science Fair on the 6th April 2017. Children aged 4-11 dressed up in lab coats and goggles to test “patient samples” for Zika (using reagents made from kitchen ingredients), looked at mosquitoes and malaria down the ...

Students at MORU

Students at MORU

Posted 09/05/2017
A key focus of MORU is building scientific research capacity in Thailand and SE and South Asia. One way we do this is by hosting students in a world-class research environment. In this video, you’ll hear from some of our current students about why living and studying in SE Asia and at MORU is such a great experience.

James Berkley elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

James Berkley elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Posted 09/05/2017
Professor James Berkley, Head of Clinical Research at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, has been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His research interests include tackling infection and inflammation to prevent mortality in malnourished children. He is also an expert advisor on severe acute malnutrition to the Ministries of Health, and the World Health Organisation.

Three controversies in health data science

Three controversies in health data science

Posted 09/05/2017

Prof. Niels Peek introduced the three controversies in health data science in a well-attended public lecture at the Strathmore University on Wednesday. The three controversies discussed were; data shall be used only for the purpose for which they were collected, big data and predictive analytics should replace randomised clinical trials and to accelerate research, all medical and healthcare data should made available to data scientists.

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IDDO Data Sharing

The Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, based in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, works with researchers around the world to tackle infectious diseases including Ebola, malaria, and visceral leishmaniasis. Sharing data between researchers and clinicians worldwide is an increasingly important aspect of combating disease outbreaks and fighting back against resistance.

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Research coverage

Treatment Response in Enteric Fever in an Era of Increasing Antimicrobial Resistance


Professor Buddha Basnyat from OUCRU explains that South Asia, which includes Nepal, is a hub for typhoid fever. Trials conducted in Nepal since 2005 confirm that fluoroquinolones are failing for typhoid fever treatment. The WHO and health ministries in the region recommend fluroquionolones as the drugs of choice for typhoid fever. This recommendation needs to be changed.

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.

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