Tropical Medicine Seminars

Tue 5 May 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

NDM Building, Basement Seminar Room, Headington OX3 7FZ

Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems in Kenya

Dr Chris Paton

EHR systems have been widely adopted across the developed world, with governments and healthcare organisations now investing significant funds to provide systems for healthcare workers to store medical records and other health data electronically. In low-resource settings such as Kenya, the cost... Read more

EHR systems have been widely adopted across the developed world, with governments and healthcare organisations now investing significant funds to provide systems for healthcare workers to store medical records and other health data electronically. In low-resource settings such as Kenya, the cost of commercial EHR systems is prohibitive for publically funded hospitals and the use of Open Source EHR systems, such as OpenMRS, is being explored as an alternative. This talk will cover several research projects we are undertaking to assess the EHR landscape in Kenya and current large-scale projects to roll out Open Source EHR systems to public hospitals. About Chris Paton Dr Chris Paton is a Clinical Researcher in Global Health Informatics at the Centre for Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford. He trained as a medical doctor in the UK and was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand before joining the University of Oxford.

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Francois Van Loggerenberg

Refreshments will be provided. Please arrive promptly.

Thu 11 Jun 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

NDM Building, Basement Seminar Room, Headington OX3 7FZ

Pandemics: Can we learn the lessons of history?

Professor Michael Baker

Human history has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by infectious diseases and pandemics. This presentation will draw on research about factors that affected pandemic influenza mortality in the New Zealand armed forces and in isolated Pacific Islands. It will then review lessons from several... Read more

Human history has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by infectious diseases and pandemics. This presentation will draw on research about factors that affected pandemic influenza mortality in the New Zealand armed forces and in isolated Pacific Islands. It will then review lessons from several modern pandemics, notably smallpox, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. The 1918 influenza pandemic killed more people than the entire First World War. How will we commemorate this anniversary in three years’ time? This lecture will make a plea for us to build on these lessons of history so we are better prepared for the inevitable epidemics and pandemics of the future. Bio: Michael Baker is a public health physician and Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. He has a strong interest in infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control. His research on infectious diseases won the New Zealand Health Research Council’s Liley Medal in 2013 and his Housing and Health Research Group received the Prime Minister’s Science prize in 2014. Professor Baker has worked internationally with the World Health Organisation and his research is part- funded by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the recipient of the NZ-UK Link Foundation 2015 Visiting Professorship at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS).

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Francois Van Loggerenberg

Refreshments will be provided - Please arrive promptly.

Mon 15 Jun 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

NDM Building, Basement Seminar Room, Headington OX3 7FZ

Consulting research stakeholders in Kilifi on fair practice in research data sharing: Findings and policy implications

Dr Vicki Marsh

Vicki Marsh is a Senior Researcher in Social Science and Public Health at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, Associate Professor at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health in NDM and Research Associate at the Ethox Centre in NDPH at Oxford. Originally trained in... Read more

Vicki Marsh is a Senior Researcher in Social Science and Public Health at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, Associate Professor at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health in NDM and Research Associate at the Ethox Centre in NDPH at Oxford. Originally trained in medicine in the UK, she has worked in Kenya for the past 25 years. Her current main research interests are in health research ethics, with a focus on strengthening research policy.

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Dr Francois van Loggerenberg

Refreshments will be provided - Please arrive promptly.

Mon 29 Jun 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

NDM Building, Basement Seminar Room, Headington OX3 7FZ

The global picture of malaria: optimism or caution?

Professor Kevin Marsh

Malaria remains major global health threat. At the end of the last century it was described as a public health disaster. In the last fifteen years there has been remarkable progress in reducing cases and deaths due to malaria. This has led to a welcome new optimism and a shift towards the idea... Read more

Malaria remains major global health threat. At the end of the last century it was described as a public health disaster. In the last fifteen years there has been remarkable progress in reducing cases and deaths due to malaria. This has led to a welcome new optimism and a shift towards the idea of global elimination culminating in eradication. However the threats of underfinancing as well as emerging drug and insecticide resistance mean that many challenges remain to be overcome.

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Francois Van Loggerenberg

Refreshments will be provided - Please arrive promptly.