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Asia's invisible malaria, a photograph exhibition by Pearl Gan

Asia's invisible malaria, a photograph exhibition by Pearl Gan

Event OUCRU

People who live with malaria in the Asia-Pacific are often invisible – a photograph exhibition by Pearl Gan introduces us to these invisible people, giving them flesh, blood, feelings, and lives. 5-30 November 2018 in Jakarta

Overcoming the challenges of rural surveys in developing countries

Overcoming the challenges of rural surveys in developing countries

@Oxford Research

In this Science blog, field researchers, Dr Giacomo Zanello, Dr Marco Haenssgen, Ms Nutcha Charoenboon and Mr Jeffrey Lienert explain the importance of continuing to improve survey research techniques when working in rural areas of developing countries.

Oxford ranked world's best University for the third year running

Oxford ranked world's best University for the third year running

Awards & Appointments General

Oxford University is rated world’s number one for the third straight year in the Times Higher Education world university rankings. Oxford, the only UK University ever to top the international rankings, keeps first spot through the outstanding quality of its research, teaching and innovation.

Bridget Wills awarded Sir Rickard Christophers Medal

Bridget Wills awarded Sir Rickard Christophers Medal

Awards & Appointments OUCRU

Congratulations Bridget Wills, Professor of Tropical Medicine at our OUCRU unit in vietnam, awarded RSTMH Sir Rickard Christophers Medal. The Sir Rickard Christophers Medal is awarded triennially for work in tropical medicine and hygiene in its broadest sense and in particular for practical and field applications.

Myanmar researchers awarded research grants

Myanmar researchers awarded research grants

MORU Research

Dr Myo Maung Maung Swe and Htet Htet Aung from our MOCRU unit in Myanmar were awarded grants by the International Society for Infectious Diseases and Wellcome. Myo Maung will study antibiotics use and antimicrobial resistance public awareness in Myanmar; Htet Htet will conduct a study on Ethical challenges when offering pregnant women with Hepatitis B short course treatment to prevent transmission.

Medicine Quality and Public Health, a pioneering conference to address the global threat of poor quality medicines

Medicine Quality and Public Health, a pioneering conference to address the global threat of poor quality medicines

@Oxford Conferences & meetings

A pioneering academic conference will bring together, for the first time, people from all over the world dealing with the problem of poor quality medicines and their impact on public health. The Medicine Quality & Public Health conference will take place at Keble College, Oxford, 23-28 Sept 2018. It will provide a unique opportunity for health authorities, scientists, pharmacists, lawyers and international organisations to discuss the problem and outline the necessary steps to tackle the issue on a global scale.

Study details high hidden economic costs of antibiotic consumption

Study details high hidden economic costs of antibiotic consumption

MORU Publication Research

A team of researchers led by Yoel Lubell at MORU and IDDO used data from the USA and Thailand to link the consumption of antibiotics with the direct and indirect costs of treating patients for five drug-resistant bacterial infections.

Congratulations to new Associate Professors

Congratulations to new Associate Professors

Awards & Appointments

The University of Oxford's Medical Sciences Divisional Panel has conferred the title of Associate Professor on three members of our academic staff: Rogier van Doorn (OUCRU), Lorenz von Seidlein (MORU) and George Warimwe (KWTRP). This title is awarded in recognition of their distinction in their respective fields and contributions to the research and teaching, and we congratulate them on their success.

Tackling drug resistance on Asian farms with apps and a dictionary

Tackling drug resistance on Asian farms with apps and a dictionary

OUCRU Research

The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City is participating in a project to reduce antibiotic resistance on farms in Asia by educating farmers. Juan Carrique-Mas of the Clinical Research Unit said: “We're improving the knowledge base of farmers and vets rather than a ban on antibiotics, which would be unlikely to be complied with.”

Tales of treatment, of modernity and tradition, and of global health crisis

Tales of treatment, of modernity and tradition, and of global health crisis

@Oxford Research

The Antibiotics and Activity Spaces project is a survey of 4,800 villagers in Thailand and Lao PDR to better understand how people access healthcare and whether there are simple early warning indicators to detect 'problematic' antibiotic use. Marco J Haenssgen and colleagues recently hosted a photography exhibition in Bangkok on rare and vivid narratives of healing in Northern Thailand.

Chris Paton appointed Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Chris Paton appointed Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

@Oxford Awards & Appointments

Dr Chris Paton, Head of the Global Health Informatics Group, was accepted as Fellow by the Faculty of Clinical Informatics Council on 8th August 2018. Clinical informaticians are qualified clinicians who transform health and care through their specialist knowledge and use of data, information, knowledge and information technology.

Malaria’s ticking time bomb

Malaria’s ticking time bomb

MORU Research

Scientists are racing to stamp out the disease in Southeast Asia before unstoppable strains spread. This article features MORU, SMRU and colleagues, and explains what is happening and what we are doing to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia before it spreads

New evidence supports radical treatment of widespread form of malaria

New evidence supports radical treatment of widespread form of malaria

OUCRU Publication Research

A team of malaria experts from a large international research collaboration has today published results supporting the need for a radical cure strategy to tackle one of the most debilitating forms of malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite.

KWTRP uses magnet theatre for community engagement

KWTRP uses magnet theatre for community engagement

KWTRP Public Engagement

KWTRP Community Liaison Group is working with the Jukwaa Arts Productions using a magnet theatre model to sensitize the communities/publics within Kilifi County about the Research work undertaken at the programme, and to learn about community/public concerns.

Joint statement to share data relevant to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC

Joint statement to share data relevant to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC

@Oxford Research

The Infectious Disease Data Observatory and The Global Health Network have signed a Wellcome joint statement, along with the Gates Foundation, Lancet, PLOS and others, to help ensure data on the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is free to access and shared rapidly.

Ebola outbreak – this time it’s different

Ebola outbreak – this time it’s different

@Oxford Research

Lessons learned from past Ebola epidemics are helping to combat a fresh outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Investing in new vaccines, diagnostic tests and laboratories is paying off as expert networks spring into action.

Professor Rose McGready recognised by the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Professor Rose McGready recognised by the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Awards & Appointments MORU

ASTMH nominated Professor Rose McGready, SMRU Deputy Director, as an Honorary International Fellow. Rose received the prestigious award in recognition of outstanding accomplishment by an “individual not an American citizen who has made eminent contributions to some phase of tropical medicine and hygiene”. Rose will formally receive her award at the ASTMH Annual Meeting, to be help 28 Oct-1 Nov in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Satellite images cut survey costs and help identify hard-to-reach populations

Satellite images cut survey costs and help identify hard-to-reach populations

@Oxford Research

Collecting representative survey data on large populations of people can be a very time-consuming and expensive undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be. Marco J. Haenssgen and Ern Charoenboon explain how they have used freely available satellite images to survey hard-to-reach communities in Thailand and Laos.

Experts to seek consensus on tackling poor quality medicines

Experts to seek consensus on tackling poor quality medicines

@Oxford Conferences & meetings

The proliferation of poor quality medical products is an important but neglected public health problem, threatening millions of people all over the world, both in developing and wealthy countries. A pioneering conference will bring leading professionals from all over the world to Oxford, September 23-28, to discuss strategies for tackling poor quality medical products on a global scale.

Small children and pregnant women may be underdosed with widely used antimalarial drug

Small children and pregnant women may be underdosed with widely used antimalarial drug

MORU Publication Research

Current recommended treatment regimens for the most widely used medicine for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria may be sub-optimal for small children and pregnant women according to a study led by Professor Joel Tarning.

Safety doubts unwarranted, important anti-malarial drug DHA-PPQ is safe to use

Safety doubts unwarranted, important anti-malarial drug DHA-PPQ is safe to use

MORU Publication Research

One of the world’s most widely used anti-malarial drugs is safe to use, say researchers, after a thorough review and analysis of nearly 200,000 malaria patients who’d taken the drug dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PPQ). There is such a low risk of sudden unexpected death from DHA-PPQ, one of the world’s most effective medicines to treat malaria, that there is no need to limit its current use.

Old drug, new role – eLife podcast

Old drug, new role – eLife podcast

OUCRU Publication Research

Aspirin helps increase survival from TB meningitis by reducing brain inflammation and preventing the disease from blocking blood vessels in the brain that cause parts of the brain to die, commonly called ‘stroke’.

Tackling poor quality medicines

Tackling poor quality medicines

MORU Research

In this Science Blog published on Oxford University website, Prof Paul Newton, Head of the Medicine Quality Group at the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) and the MORU Tropical Health Network and NDM Professor of Tropical Medicine i, explains the need for new strategies for tackling poor quality medical products.

New age-based regimen for single low-dose primaquine to block malaria transmission

New age-based regimen for single low-dose primaquine to block malaria transmission

MORU Publication Research

Primaquine can be used to prevent the transmission of falciparum malaria from human to mosquito. Bob Taylor and colleagues at the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (MORU) have developed an age-based regimen for single low-dose primaquine to block the transmission of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Medicine Quality & Public Health Conference

Medicine Quality & Public Health Conference

@Oxford Conferences & meetings MORU

The first-ever dedicated academic conference to discuss Medicine Quality & Public Health bringing together people from a diversity of sectors: public health, national regulatory authority, pharmacy, biomedical, chemistry, law, ethics, cultural and social sciences, the pharmaceutical industry, international organisations, NGOs, national procurement centres, also scientists working on internet and pharmaceutical forensics. 23rd-28th September 2018 at Keble College, Oxford. Submit your abstract by 1 June 2018

Genetics sheds light on the spread of TB bacteria

Genetics sheds light on the spread of TB bacteria

OUCRU Publication Research

In a first of its kind study into the population and spread of tuberculosis-causing (TB) bacteria in Ho Chi Minh City, Thuong Thuong Nguyn and collegues at OUCRU Vietnam, Australia, UK and Singapore have found that more than half of cases can be attributed to one particular strain of the bacteria.

Rose McGready awarded Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Rose McGready awarded Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Awards & Appointments MORU

On 10 May 2018, SMRU Deputy Director Rose McGready was awarded the Alumni Award for Service to Humanity by the University of Sydney. The Alumni Award recognizes the personal contribution of alumni who, through service to philanthropy, improve the lives of those in need. It also seeks to recognize the significant involvement of Sydney alumni in projects that enrich local or international communities.

Using management thinking to fight the superbug crisis

Using management thinking to fight the superbug crisis

@Oxford Publication Research

Dr Marco J Haenssgen discusses the application of management thinking to solving the growing global problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Guy Thwaites elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Guy Thwaites elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Seven Oxford scientists are amongst 48 of the UK's world-leading researchers elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences this year. Fellows are elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski joins the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski joins the Fellowship of the Royal Society

@Oxford Awards & Appointments

The Royal Society recognises Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski’s pioneering work on malaria, and particularly the use of genomic epidemiology to understand the evolutionary arms race that is going on between human, parasite and mosquito populations in Africa and other tropical regions of the world. Professor Kwiatkowski joins an existing membership of approximately 1600 of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland.

Getting rid of malaria possible, if we try something new, say experts

Getting rid of malaria possible, if we try something new, say experts

MORU Publication Research

The rapid elimination of potentially untreatable P. falciparum malaria in South-East Asia is possible, according to a ground-breaking new study published today in The Lancet. The study authors say that setting up community-based malaria clinics for early diagnosis, treatment and monitoring, combined with mass antimalarial drug administration (MDA) to everyone living in ‘hotspot’ areas.

To defeat superbugs, everyone will need access to clean water

To defeat superbugs, everyone will need access to clean water

OUCRU

While many LMICs still lack appropriate access to antibiotics, a global increase is driven largely by some developing countries which face more drug-resistant infections. To tackle antimicrobial resistance, we need to look at all the factors behind how and when antibiotics are used. A common obstacle is lack of access to clean water, which makes preventing and controlling infections nearly impossible.

Malaria parasites present in 23% of donor blood in African countries

Malaria parasites present in 23% of donor blood in African countries

@Oxford Research

Almost one in four blood bank supplies in certain regions of Africa may have malaria parasites in them. UK scientists reviewed 26 studies that measured levels of Plasmodium parasites among blood donors in sub-Saharan Africa between 2000 and 2017. Percentages varied greatly across the nine countries included in the study, ranging from 0% to as much as 74%, with an average of 23.46% tested positive.

The frontline fight against deadly malaria parasites threatening a new global emergency

The frontline fight against deadly malaria parasites threatening a new global emergency

MORU Research Video

ITV News has travelled across the world to report on the growing global threat of the spread of deadly drug-resistant 'super bugs'. In the first of their three-part series, they investigate the frontline fight against deadly malaria parasites in South East Asia threatening a new global emergency.

UK to fund MORU study to develop two new, safe malaria treatments

UK to fund MORU study to develop two new, safe malaria treatments

MORU Research

18 April 2018 (London) – The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) announced that it will commit £9.2 million (USD 13.15 million) of research funding to DeTACT (Development of Triple Artemisinin Combination Therapies), a large multi-centre trial in 5 Asian and 10 African countries that aims to develop two new safe and effective malaria treatments using combinations of existing antimalarial drugs.

Commonwealth nations pledge £2.7bn to halt deadly resurgence of malaria

Commonwealth nations pledge £2.7bn to halt deadly resurgence of malaria

General

Investments worth more than £2.7bn are being pledged today in a drive to halve the number of malaria cases across the Commonwealth. Heads of state and business leaders are convening in London to galvanise the fight against the disease, which has seen a resurgence in some areas.

UK government announces further support in the fight against malaria

UK government announces further support in the fight against malaria

MORU Research

As the second largest international donor, the UK has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the number of cases for many years by investing in treatment, prevention and research, including the fight against the threat of drug resistance. The UK has announced further support for the fight against malaria to save more than 120,000 lives ahead of a Malaria Summit tomorrow with Commonwealth leaders.

The town that breeds resistance to Malaria drugs

The town that breeds resistance to Malaria drugs

MORU Research

Pailin, a small settlement nestling in tropical rainforest near Cambodia’s border with Thailand, lies at the heart of a region that has seen successive waves of resistance to malaria drugs arise in local people and then spread across the globe. As new waves of the disease threaten our health, worried scientists want to conduct a mass inoculation in a Cambodian region where new vaccines always seem to stop being effective.

Paracetamol protects kidney in severe malaria patients

Paracetamol protects kidney in severe malaria patients

MORU Publication Research

Giving paracetamol (acetaminophen) to patients ill with severe malaria made them less likely to develop potentially fatal kidney failure. Each year severe malaria causes close to half a million deaths globally. Acute kidney injury occurs in 40% of adults and at least 10% of children with severe malaria, killing an estimated 40% of these adults and 12-24% of the children. The study reported for the first time that giving regular doses of paracetamol protects the kidney in adult patients with severe falciparum malaria.

Making malaria visible

Making malaria visible

OUCRU Publication

Professor Kevin Baird, Head of EOCRU in Jakarta, Indonesia, talks about how more needs to be done to mitigate the threat of malaria in Asia Pacific. This article (p. 11 onwards) includes photos from Pearl Gan who travelled through the Asia Pacific region to capture the stories of people and communities impacted by malaria.

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