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Elizabeth Ashley

LOMWRU Director


The Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Research Unit (LOMWRU) was established in 2002 by Professor Paul Newton, Dr Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh and Associate Professor Mayfong Mayxay. LOMWRU is embedded with the Microbiology Laboratory of Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, Laos, directed by Dr Manivanh Vongsouvath.

The Unit focuses on conducting clinical and laboratory research and building research capacity in the country. We aim to provide national, regional and global organisations with data that will improve patient care, reduce morbidity and mortality and inform health policy. The main diseases under study include malaria, scrub typhus, murine typhus, melioidosis, typhoid, dengue, leptospirosis and central nervous system infections. We adopt a One Health approach to study the epidemiology of common infectious diseases. Another important focus of our work is on improving access to good quality diagnostics adapted to low and middle income settings. In addition LOMWRU has a well-developed research programme on all aspects of medicine quality.

Looking ahead, LOMWRU plans to continue epidemiological studies to define the burden of the leading infectious diseases in Laos, perform interventional trials to optimize treatments, and support national efforts to monitor and control antimicrobial resistance and to eliminate malaria.

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