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Drug resistance triggers war to wipe out malaria in the Mekong region

Drug resistance triggers war to wipe out malaria in the Mekong region

Posted 04/05/2016
PAILIN, CAMBODIA—No one knows exactly why resistance to malaria drugs always emerges first in this remote western province of Cambodia, nestled in the Cardamom Mountains. “The reasons are as much social as biological,” says malariologist Tom Peto, who is here in this dusty, unremarkable-looking town battling the latest threat to global malaria control: multiple drug–resistant (MDR) malaria.
New project explores women’s experiences of science

New project explores women’s experiences of science

Posted 25/04/2016

What is the key to success for women who work in science? A new website, launched this week, delves into the experiences of successful women in science at the University of Oxford, through a collection of video narratives.

Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund at Oxford University, the interviews with 39 successful women tell an inspiring story of an ongoing culture shift for women working in science, where according to those interviewed, discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting.

The researchers used a thematic analysis to identify and write about the variety of issues important to the women who were interviewed, which included obtaining funding, career progression, mentorship, and taking parental leave. 

Find out more: www.womeninscience.ox.ac.uk – An inspirational journey of women’s experiences in science

Clinical trial for experimental Ebola drug publishes results

Clinical trial for experimental Ebola drug publishes results

Posted 20/04/2016

Results of the Wellcome Trust funded trial of the experimental anti-Ebola drug TKM-130803 have been published today in PLOS Medicine. Using a novel approach designed to get rapid indications of a drug's effectiveness, the trial showed that at the dose given the drug did not improve survival compared to historic controls.

More information is available at: https://ergo.tghn.org/

The Infectious Diseases Data Observatory can be found at: http://www.iddo.org/

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World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day

Posted 13/04/2016

Combatting Malaria Through Collaboration

On Monday, 25 April a group of leading researchers will mark World Malaria Day and the global drive to ‘End Malaria for Good’. Please join us in Oxford to mark the occasion.

World Malaria Day Oxford Event 2016 poster

This event is open to all. Please share the details of this event with your colleagues and contacts. Register your attendance here: http://bit.ly/WMD-Oxford-2016 

If you can’t attend, we are recording the event and will share this video on our website http://www.tropicalmedicine.ox.ac.uk/ shortly after April 25.

Zika Virus research in Kilifi

Zika Virus research in Kilifi

Posted 07/04/2016

Despite its discovery in Uganda in 1947 little is known about Zika virus (ZIKV) and its importance as a cause of illness in East Africa. Now, researchers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi, Kenya and collaborators at other research centres in the region have embarked on a landmark study to address several of these knowledge gaps.  The team led by Dr George Warimwe will use molecular tools and antibody assays to analyse blood samples from hospital admissions and community surveys to determine whether ZIKV is present in Kenya, and if so, how widespread its occurrence is.

Vietnamese honour for two Oxford professors

Vietnamese honour for two Oxford professors

Posted 30/03/2016

The efforts of two Oxford University tropical diseases experts have been recognised by the Vietnamese government. Professors Peter Horby and Heiman Wertheim were awarded the Vietnam Ministry of Health's Medal for the People's Health at a ceremony in Hanoi celebrating 10 years of collaboration between the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit.

Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE) crowdfunding campaign

Posted 23/03/2016

470,000 babies die each year in Africa on the day they are born. This figure increases to 1 million deaths within the first 28 days. The LIFE project by Mike English and his team directly addresses this avoidable tragedy by using low-cost smartphones to give as many healthcare workers as possible the knowledge they need to provide life-saving treatment to mothers and newborns.  Help us raise £100,000 to build the LIFE-changing game. 

TRACII anti-malarial drug resistance study begins to recruit patients

TRACII anti-malarial drug resistance study begins to recruit patients

Posted 21/03/2016

17 March 2016, Bangkok – The Tracking Resistance to Artemisinin Collaboration II (TRACII) study has begun recruitment, with about 180 subjects enrolled to date in 12 sites in seven countries in Asia and Africa, researchers announced at the second TRACII investigators’ meeting held 7 March in Bangkok.

Training app to save newborns

Training app to save newborns

Posted 15/03/2016

Professor Mike English is interviewed on BBC Radio  (~ 30 seconds in) about a new smartphone app that could potentially save many newborn babies in Africa, by providing virtual training to healthcare workers. The team is hoping to raise crowdfunding for the app, so that it can be used on the ground soon.

Not treating pregnant women with malaria 'not an option'

Not treating pregnant women with malaria 'not an option'

Posted 14/03/2016

Dr Joel Tarning from MORU discusses his New England Journal of Medicine editorial on treating malaria in pregnancy, outlining new evidence on the effectiveness of artemisinin-combination therapies in pregnant women with malaria