The Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford ERGO showcased their recent research at the Natural History Museum in Oxford last Saturday. Younger and older visitors to the stall were welcomed by real live vectors of the diseases (camels, bats and mosquitoes) then asked if they would like to try one of the personal protective equipment (PPE) suits worn by the group during their recent clinical trial to find a drug to treat Ebola. The groups research on Ebola and Zika virus was also discussed.
30 November 2016 (Bangkok) – 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.
8 Nov 2016 (Bangkok) - This week marks the opening of a series of performances of Fishy Clouds, a MORU collaboration with innovative Bangkok-based B-floor Theatre group.
KWTRP Health Systems team had a strong presence in the Health Systems Global meeting in Vancouver, Canada. This year's theme was “Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world" http://healthsystemsresearch.org/hsr2016/ The team made various presentations of work that they have done in both Kilifi and Nairobi, and were involved in a number of sessions including one on the RESYST consortium http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk/
The Nuffield Department of Medicine has recently helped support a new initiative that is working towards strengthening Health Systems Research in Kenya, more can be viewed on this link http://www.tropicalmedicine.ox.ac.uk/ohscar
At this year’s ASTMH Annual Meeting the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health will introduce research from our Major Overseas Programmes in Thailand, Vietnam, and Kenya, and groups based in Oxford: ERGO, IDDO, ISARIC, OHSCAR, TGHN, WWARN, and the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine. The meeting runs from 13 to 17 November. Please visit our booth number 225/227 at the ASTMH meeting to find out more about our work, and have a look at our schedule of symposia and posters that involve CTMGH colleagues - we look forward to seeing you there!
Six harmonised protocols to capture Zika-related data to help public health professionals, clinicians and clinical researchers to gain a better understanding of the disease has been published on the WHO website. A number of partners - under the leadership of Institut Pasteur and WHO, including ISARIC and CONSISE have contributed to the development of these protocols to address key public health concerns associated with the Zika virus outbreak. The Working Group on ZIKV Harmonized Research, which included Dr Gail Carson and Professor Peter Horby from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, published a commentary on the project in the Lancet Global Health yesterday.
The Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood this week announced that the UK has a specialist team of health experts ready to be deployed to tackle outbreaks of deadly disease anywhere in the world within 48 hours. The University of Oxford epidemic diseases research group, led by Professor Peter Horby, is providing the clinical research capabilities of the PHRST.
A multinational and multi-disciplinary research consortium has been awarded €11.9 million to conduct a 36-month research project during the current outbreak of Zika virus infection in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme awarded the funding to the ZIKAlliance consortium, which includes researchers from the Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health at the University of Oxford.