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, Tanzania, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Cambodia and Nepal, 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.
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.
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.
On 23-24 January 2017, the LINK programme held its first full team meeting hosted by Professor Bob Snow in Nairobi, Kenya. This was a valuable opportunity for the London and Nairobi-based team members to meet for an update on the programme and to jointly plan activities going forward.
A feedback dissemination meeting on the just concluded Nairobi newborn study took place on Monday 30th January and was attended by 75 delegates. Discussions were on: routine newborn care in newborn units, infrastructure and services available in health facilities, accessibility of drugs, newborn care in the maternity wards, material and human resource capacity, utilization of inpatient newborn services; and the quality of existing services.
In a first, scientists used computer simulations to identify the vaccines most likely to be effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of infant severe pneumonia worldwide.
Nurses in Kenyan hospital are very busy, with high nurse to patients ratios. They face an extremely stressful enviroment, exacerbated by bad reports in the press. Babies are particularly vulnerable during their first two days of life. A better understanding of the coping mechanisms put in place by those nurses could help us ensure a better survival rate for these babies, as explained by Dr Jacob McKnight.
In Blueprint: How researchers from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, including Professors Peter Horby and Trudie Lang, took a leading role in the research response against Ebola at the height of the crisis.
Did you know that as part of Oxford University's Campaign, you can donate directly to Tropical Medicines unit on the Thai-Myanmar border?