Research Highlights

Malaria superbugs threaten global malaria control

Malaria superbugs threaten global malaria control

Posted 03/02/2017

Lead by Professor Arjen Dondorp, researchers have found that a dominant strain of drug resistant falciparum malaria, first detected in 2008 in Cambodia, has spread to other countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia. This causes treatment failure rates for the main falciparum malaria medicines, artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs)

Harmonised Zika virus research protocols published

Harmonised Zika virus research protocols published

Posted 03/11/2016

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.

Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

Posted 17/10/2016

Training local Karen and Burman women as skilled birth attendants in refugee settings resulted in no adverse perinatal outcomes and many positive outcomes such as a drop in stillbirths and infant deaths and more babies being born in clinics rather than at home, says a new study, led by Professor Rose McGready and published in PLOS ONE.