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François Nosten wins science diplomacy award

François Nosten wins science diplomacy award

Posted 24/11/2014

In mid-Nov, in recognition of his 35 years of work fighting malaria in the conflict zones of the Thai-Myanmar border and for bringing around the same table Karen and Burmese representatives to discuss malaria elimination, François Nosten, director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), was awarded the 2014 TWAS Regional Prize for Science ...

Ebola - Sky News Interview with Prof Trudie Lang

Ebola - Sky News Interview with Prof Trudie Lang

Posted 18/11/2014

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.

Oxford to lead trial of experimental drug in Ebola patients

Oxford to lead trial of experimental drug in Ebola patients

Posted 13/11/2014

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.

Tropical Medicine Day 2014

Tropical Medicine Day 2014

Posted 05/11/2014

13th November 2014, John Radcliffe Hospital, Lecture Theatre 1. Featuring: Dr Andrew Brent, Prof David Warrell, Prof Pierro Olliaro, Dr Anna Seale, Dr Paul Newton and Prof Kevin Marsh. 9am to 2pm.

Shoklo Unit researchers on BBC Radio 4

Shoklo Unit researchers on BBC Radio 4

Posted 05/11/2014

Report on the growth of drug-resistant strains of disease features Professor François Nosten of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit. Researchers at the Unit have identified that 40 per cent of patients are carrying an artemisinin-resistant form of malaria. The problem is spreading to neighbouring countries and could soon reach India and Bangladesh. Professor Nick White says that if the strain spreads to Africa, subsequent deaths could be measured in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Report is at 2.40.01 of the program.

Dr. Faith Osier and Dr. Abdisalan Noor awarded visiting professorship at Oxford

Dr. Faith Osier and Dr. Abdisalan Noor awarded visiting professorship at Oxford

Posted 31/10/2014

Last week’s 25 years celebrations at KEMRI - Wellcome Trust, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research - Coast Kilifi County, Faith Osier and Abdisalan Noor were awarded awarded the title of visiting professors at the University of Oxford. This announcement came from Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe at the 25 years of KWTRP celebrations in ...

KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Marks 25 years of health research in the community

KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Marks 25 years of health research in the community

Posted 31/10/2014

The Centre for Geographic Medicine Research - Coast, Kilifi County was abuzz with activity last week.  KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme was celebrating 25 years of Health Research in Kenya. The climax of the event saw the commissioning of the Mbuyuni Training Complex by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust complex in ...

Ebola Research in NDM

Ebola Research in NDM

Posted 27/10/2014

Dr Peter Horby is leading the initiative to allow candidate Ebola treatments to be assessed rapidly in patients so that those proving safe and effective may be adopted for use as soon as possible. Dr Horby has now arrived in Guinea and is leading a four-strong group aiming to fast-track trials at treatment centres in West Africa. They are hoping to start the trials some time in November.

The Atlas of Human Infectious Diseases

The Atlas of Human Infectious Diseases

Posted 23/10/2014

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.

Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

Posted 22/10/2014

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.