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This year has seen a high level of recognition of distinction in the Africa and Asia Programmes and Global Health research. Many congratulations to our researchers.

Oxford

Researchers awarded the title of Associate Professor

Proochista Ariana: Director of MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine

Sarah Atkinson: Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Disease at KWTRP

Buddha Basnyat: Director of Oxford University Clinical Research Unit-Nepal

Christiane Dolecek: Researcher on enteric fever

Raph Hamers: Manager of the Universities of Indonesia and Oxford Clinical Research Laboratory (IOCRL) at EOCRU

Abhilasha Karkey: Medical Microbiologist at OUCRU-Nepal

Sansom Kinyanjui: Head of Training and Capacity Building at KWTRP

Mavuto Mukaka: Head of Statistics at MORU

Jeanne Salje: Group leader in bacterial cell biology at MORU

Thuong TT Nguyen: Researcher on Tuberculosis at OUCRU

Louise Thwaites: Senior Clinical Research Fellow at OUCRU

Claudia Turner: Research Paediatrician at MORU

Researchers awarded the title of University Research Lecturer

Ricardo Águas: MAEMOD researcher at MORU

Maia Rabaa: Molecular Epidemiologist/Phylogeneticist at OUCRU

Matthew Robinson: Head of Molecular Bacteriology at MORU

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Susie Dunachie awarded flagship NIHR career development award

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Clare Ling awarded honorary FRCPath

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Dr Clare Ling has been made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath). Currently running Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) Microbiology department and supporting the unit’s molecular activities, Clare is a clinical scientist who has worked at SMRU on the Thai-Myanmar border since 2012.

Congratulations new NDM professors

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The University of Oxford has awarded CTMGH two new Professors. Elisabeth Ashley - UK-trained physician who specialises in infectious diseases and medical microbiology & virology, and Director of the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU) in Lao PDR since 2019, Liz is conferred the title of Professor of Tropical Medicine. Stuart Blacksell - Senior Research Scientist based at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Thailand, Stuart is conferred the title of Professor of Tropical Microbiology.