Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
The headquarters of the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia is based at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
(MORU) within the Mahidol University's Faculty of Tropical Medicine
in Bangkok, Thailand. MORU was established in 1979 as a research collaboration between Mahidol University, Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust, and is supported with significant funding from the Wellcome Trust, though it also receives funding from other trusts and foundations, governments, and multi-lateral donors.
Whilst its main offices and laboratories are located within the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, it also operates in ru
ral parts of Thailand and other countries in Asia and Africa.
MORU’s central aim is to improve the health and reduce the human disease burden in the developing world, by providing effective and practical means of diagnosing and treating the tropical infections responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in populous rural areas of Asia and beyond. Its main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of malaria, melioidosis, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, cryptococcal meningitis, pneumococcal disease, enteric fever, rickettsial diseases, beriberi, unexplained fever, septicaemia and counterfeit anti-infective drugs.
Its strategic objectives cover research into the major health problems which threaten Asia and other parts of the developing world; the development of people and institutions through thecreation of internationally recognised Asian clinicians and scientists, and clinical and laboratory research sites across Asia and beyond; public engagement & outreach with the communities who host us, in turn inspiring and involving current and future generations in medical research; dissemination of research evidence of the highest quality and clinical relevance, both locally and globally, and strengthening governance, management and financial planning, thus building operational excellence, integrated business units and enablement to continue realising the research opportunities of our network in tackling tropical diseases, an issue which remains to be the major cause of death, sickness and economic hardship for millions of people in the developing world.
Thailand (SMRU) - Laos (LOMWRU) - Myanmar (MOCRU) - Cambodia (COMRU) - DRC (KIMORU)