The European Commission is looking into ways to support  EU member states to address re-emerging preventable diseases and to increase vaccine coverage in Europe. This policy discussion is set against the background of an increase of vaccination hesitancy in several countries, vaccines shortages and vaccines R&D challenges. As part of this process, The European Commission has launched a public consultation.

13th February 2018 • comment

Are you interested in improving global public health? Are willing to live in Zambia for a year? Do you have a Master’s degree? The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is the largest independent non-governmental healthcare and research organisation in Zambia. They conduct locally-relevant, leading-edge healthcare research, strengthen primary health care systems in multiple focus areas, and run a state-of-the-art medical and research diagnostic laboratory.

13th February 2018 • comment

Invitation to complete quick survey to improve Kaplan-Meier plots (KMunicate)  ProblemThe standard way to present time-to-event data, such as survival, is with Kaplan-Meier plots. These are formatted by journals and reported in a number of ways, but we find they commonly lack some key information. The key problems are:

  1. Expressing how many people are contributing data at any point in the graph, including the  pattern of censoring
  2. Expressing that the uncertainty of the estimate increases over time
  SuggestionWe have some initial suggestions on how to improve Kaplan-Meier plots, but we need your help to know which would be the most useful and most acceptable to a wide audience.

23rd May 2017 • comment

This is a great video of a talk given at the Oxford Martin School by Professor Kevin Marsh.

10th March 2017 • comment

AREF is calling for researcher applications to participate in its 2nd Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop, to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in May 2017.

19th December 2016 • comment

This video seminar describes research to develop a low-cost, field-based test to detect several slow-clearing ACT drug compounds from unprocessed fingerstick blood samples

28th September 2016 • comment

The European Mobile Laboratory, EMLab, was the first EBOV diagnostics unit deployed to the outbreak epicentre by WHO in March 2014.

14th June 2016 • comment

Laboratory systems and diagnostic technologies are a critical pillar in the fight against malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends diagnostic testing for all people with suspected malaria before treatment is administered.

25th April 2016 • comment

In the last decade, Ethiopia has achieved numerous public health successes, among them early attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals, a strong tuberculosis (TB) management programme, and progress toward eradication of Guinea worm disease.

22nd April 2016 • comment

An interview with US Ambassador and GHSA Champion Dr. Bonnie Jenkins

22nd April 2016 • comment

Join us in Oxford on the 25th of April to mark World Malaria Day 2016 at a series of talks and a panel discussion. The speakers will present their latest projects and help us to understand the unique and interconnected findings of their research.

14th April 2016 • comment

Uganda has shown particular success in its National Sample and Results Transport Network (NSRTN).

5th April 2016 • comment

Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases have evolved rapidly in recent decades as outbreaks such as SARS, Avian Influenza, Ebola, MERS, Chikungunya, and Zika virus have demonstrated how quickly infections can cross international borders.

18th March 2016 • comment

Great article from our colleagues at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine about Zika virus.

24th February 2016 • comment

Video seminar by Chelsea McMullen, Operational Support Officer, International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC), presented at the University of Oxford, 21st October 2015

16th February 2016 • comment

This Week in Global Health or TWiGH presents Global Health Out Loud with Sulzhan Bali & Jessica Taaffe. This week they discuss Zika virus.

25th January 2016 • comment

Call for Papers: Special issue on strengthening tuberculosis diagnostic networks in Africa - African Journal of Laboratory Medicine

22nd January 2016 • comment

Malaria remains a major global health threat. In the last fifteen years there has been remarkable progress in reducing cases and deaths due to malaria.

14th January 2016 • comment

Deployed in April 2015, we have established proof-of-principle for real-time genomic surveillance by generating over 40 genome sequences in as little as 48 hours from obtaining a patient sample and feeding the information back to the Ebola central coordination team.

11th January 2016 • comment

From our colleagues at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) - The Role of Public Health Institutes in Achieving Public Health Goals

17th December 2015 • comment

Looking for a job in global health? A 4 part series that takes a look at what you need to do to get your career in global health off to a good start.

15th December 2015 • comment

Damalie Nakanjako (MBChB, MMED, PhD) is an internist whose work focuses on optimizing HIV treatment outcomes and reducing HIV-associated morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.

14th December 2015 • comment

Twitter plays role in information distribution during emergencies, and it is widely used by public health organisations during public health crises.

11th December 2015 • comment

Video of Professor Peter Horby, the University of Oxford, on how he and his team set up clinical trials in the heart of the Ebola outbreak.

26th November 2015 • comment

East African Leaders Join Together to Develop Country-Specific Plans for Point-of-Care Testing.

25th November 2015 • comment

Two great articles from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine looking at the increasing risk posed by antimicrobial resistance.

20th November 2015 • comment

New articles from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

13th November 2015 • comment

Professor Lang talks about doing difficult trials in difficult places - including malaria and ebola trials.

19th October 2015 • comment

Scientific title: A cost-effectiveness analysis of provider and community interventions to improve the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Nigeria. Private-sector providers are a major source of malaria treatment in Nigeria, and many patients in Enugu state seek treatment at pharmacies and drug stores as well as public health centres.

20th August 2015 • comment

Training manuals from REACT study in Cameroon. REACT Cameroon designed six training modules to support the introduction of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). The manuals were used to train health workers at government and mission hospitals and health centres. The six modules are presented in two manuals

20th August 2015 • comment

This study evaluates whether the use of rapid diagnostic tests by community medicine distributors – with the aim to improve diagnosis and treatment of malaria in the community – is feasible, well accepted and cost-effective. This cluster randomized trial compares two approaches. 

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Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are of important concern in patient care. This talk discusses Visual Analytics techniques which have been developed to help detect, monitor, analyse and understand trends, clusters and outbreaks of HAI.

22nd July 2015 • comment

The SWAT and SWAR programme is identifying issues about the methods of trials and systematic reviews about which there is sufficient uncertainty to justify research to support well-informed decision making about future designs and choices.

21st July 2015 • comment

Schistosomiasis, is a chronic, debilitating disease. Uganda began a National Control Programme in 2003 with annual MDA of praziquantel. MDA on this scale provides strong selective pressures on the parasite population with an associated risk of drug resistance developing.

21st July 2015 • comment

Immunology and autoimmunity podcasts

by Nuffield Department of Medicine
1st July 2015 • comment

In this video, Professor Theonest Mutabingwa discusses the two key challenges that face developing countries to progress their malaria research.

15th June 2015 • comment

In this video of a seminar delivered at the University of Oxford in June 2014, Professor Nicholas White talks about the challenge of antimalarial resistance.

11th June 2015 • comment

Anders Björkman is Professor of Infectious Disease at the Karolinska Institute. In this video, Anders talks about how the efficacy of antimalarials is a major obstacle in the path towards full malaria elimination.

11th June 2015 • comment

Are you a research scientist working in Global Health? Or an institution looking for partners to run a clinical trial? Site Finder is for you.

5th June 2015 • comment

In this seminar from January 2014, Dr Jane Crawley talks about clinical standardisation in PERCH (Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health), a large case-control study of the causes of and risk factors for severe pneumonia.

3rd June 2015 • comment

In this lecture Professor Adrian Hill talks about the latest advances in the development of vaccines for Malaria and Ebola.

28th May 2015 • comment

Infectious diseases and Microbiology videos

by Nuffield Department of Medicine
28th May 2015 • comment

Dr Nat Segaren - Medical Director of the Caris Foundation, presents on 'The Haiti National Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV Program'

27th May 2015 • comment

New Public Management (public sector reforms which draw on business ideology) are increasingly seen in African ministries of health. This talk concentrates on the effects of NPM reform on Ethiopian hospitals and how efforts to be 'more business-like' have many unintended consequences for hospitals and patients.

15th May 2015 • comment

Professor Bongani M Mayosi from the Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital & University of Cape Town describes the transofmation of the science cohort in South Africa.

14th May 2015 • comment

In this seminar Professor Kevin Marsh describes how knowledge of immunity to malaria in humans has developed over the past thirty years and what impact this has for future research.

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ABRAID, new website of infectious diseases risk maps 

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Cancer podcasts

by Karla Lam
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Structural Biology videos

by Oxford Nuffield Department of Medicine
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The SLMTA programme: Transforming the laboratory landscape in developing countries

by Katy Yao, Talkmore Maruta, Elizabeth T. Luman, John N. Nkengasong
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28th January 2015 • comment

Early Virus-Host Interactions Dictate the Course of a Persistent Infection

by Brian M. Sullivan, John R. Teijaro, Juan Carlos de la Torre, Michael B. A. Oldstone
22nd January 2015 • comment

The Genetic and Mechanistic Basis for Variation in Gene Regulation

by Athma A. Pai, Jonathan K. Pritchard, Yoav Gilad
22nd January 2015 • comment

Effects of introducing Xpert MTB/RIF test on multi-drug resistant tuberculosis diagnosis in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

by Nomonde R Dlamini-Mvelase, Lise Werner, Rogerio Phili, Lindiwe P Cele and Koleka P Mlisana
20th January 2015 • comment

In this article you can access and download the really interesting and useful Power Point presentations from the Global Health Laboratories panel seminar with regional experts held at the ASLM2014 last November.

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24th October 2014 • comment

Professor Peter Piot, LSHTM, talks about Ebola and implications for Africa and understanding future epidemics at the Martin School, University of Oxford, 16th October 2014.

17th October 2014 • comment

Ebola PPE guidelines - urgent need to revise WHO and CDC guidelines. This video shows an excerpt from keynote address 'The fuss about face masks', Professor Raina MacIntyre from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia.

14th October 2014 • comment

Ten Simple Rules for Aspiring Scientists in a Low-Income Country

by Edgardo Moreno, José-María Gutiérrez
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26th August 2014 • comment

Candida albicans Pathogenicity and Epithelial Immunity

by Naglik JR, Richardson JP, Moyes DL
18th August 2014 • comment

The Ebola virus epidemic may well spread out of Africa. Dr Greg Martin takes a look at some of the variables that contribute to this risk and discusses some steps that should be taken.

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25th July 2014 • comment

On the 8th of July 2014 The Global Health Network launched the Global Health Research Process Map, the first digital toolkit designed to enable researchers anywhere in the world to conduct rigorous global health research.

22nd July 2014 • comment

iPS cells: a game changer for future medicine

by Haruhisa Inoue, Naoki Nagata, Hiromi Kurokawa, Shinya Yamanaka
22nd July 2014 • comment

This good practice document of the ESSENCE on Health Research initiative is designed to provide broad guidance on how best to strengthen research capacity with the maximum possible benefit. 

21st July 2014 • comment

AuthorAid is a great online tool whose aim is to support developing country researchers in publishing their work.

1st July 2014 • comment

A programme set up by WHO together with major publishers to provide free or very low cost online access to the major journals to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

5th June 2014 • comment

Accurate reference values are essential for the correct interpretation of laboratory tests and clinical decision-making. Reference values should be established by testing a large number of healthy individuals. The results are then averaged and a range (plus or minus 2 standard deviations of the mean) of ‘normal’ values are established. The reference range of a test may be affected by the age and sex of the patient, and the variation is higher in some tests than in others.  Because of this, reference values should be divided in groups according to age and gender, and ideally also according to ethnicity and geographical region.

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29th April 2014 • comment

Helpful, interactive eBook that aids those deciding how to further their career in research, or considernig whether to study as a post graduate.

29th April 2014 • comment

The attached article, published in Emergency Medicine Volume 3 Issue 6, discusses the frequent use of antimicrobials in the critically ill which has led to the rise in multidrug resistant organisms.

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This article explains how to write a cover letter for a research job, tailored for each job and to maximise your chances of securing an interview. Examples and templates are given.

1st April 2014 • comment

This article describes how to seek research jobs which will suiit you, and how to work out from the job description the best ways to apply and secure an interview. 

1st April 2014 • comment

This article gives practical advice about how to create an excellent research CV, and has links to many templates and advice articles from around the world, as well as information about how to use the Professional Membership Scheme to create a free, formatted GCP-standard CV for you which can be used for site files and job applications.

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In 2013, the WHO released a new set of guidelines on the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS. The new guidelines suggests that all pregnant women who test positive for HIV should immediately begin a course of triple ARVs, regardless of CD4 cell levels.

19th February 2014 • comment

ESSENCE on Health Research have created a good practice document on research costing. It includes a review of the funding practices related to the definition and funding of direct and indirect costs. 

18th December 2013 • comment

This guide, developed by the WHO and released in December 2013, aims to facilitate implementation research in LMICs.

2nd December 2013 • comment

New publication on rifampicin Mono-Resistance in TB

by Yacoob Mahomed Coovadia, Sharana Mahomed, Melendhran Pillay, Lise Werner, Koleka Mlisana
12th November 2013 • comment

Identification of Seroreactive Proteins of Leptospira interrogans Serovar Copenhageni Using a High-Density Protein Microarray Approach

by Carolina Lessa-Aquino, Camila Borges Rodrigues, Jozelyn Pablo, Rie Sasaki, Algis Jasinskas, Li Liang, Elsio A. Wunder Jr, Guilherme S. Ribeiro, Adam Vigil, Ricardo Galler, Douglas Molina, Xiaowu Liang, Mitermayer G. Reis, Albert I. Ko, Marco Alberto Medeiros, Philip L. Felgner
21st October 2013 • comment

Diagnostic Accuracy of Loopamp Trypanosoma brucei Detection Kit for Diagnosis of Human African Trypanosomiasis in Clinical Samples

by Patrick Mitashi, Epco Hasker, Dieudonne Mumba Ngoyi, Pati Patient Pyana, Veerle Lejon, Wim Van der Veken, Pascal Lutumba, Philippe Buscher, Marleen Boelaert, Stijn Deborggraeve

   

21st October 2013 • comment

Evaluation of a Typhoid/Paratyphoid Diagnostic Assay (TPTest) Detecting Anti-Salmonella IgA in Secretions of Peripheral Blood in Lymphocytes in Patients in Dhaka, Bangladesh

by Farhana Khanam, Alaullah Sheikh, Abu Sayeed, Saraur Bhuiyan, Feroza Kaneez Choudhury, Umme Salma, Shahnaz Pervin, Tania Sultana, Dilruba Ahmed, Doli Goswami, Lokman Hossain, KZ Mamun, Richell C Charles, W. Abdullah Brooks, Stephen B. Calderwood, Alejandro Cravioto, Edward T Ryan, Firdausi Qadri
19th July 2013 • comment

Prospective Evaluation of Three Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Diagnosis of Human Leptospirosis

by Marga GA Goris, Mariska MG Leeflang, Martin Loden, Jiri FP Wagenaar, Paul Klatser, Rudy A Hartseerl, Kimberly R Boer
19th July 2013 • comment

The authors present the story of building a succesful research laboratory in Cameroon, including how they managed building up the infrastructure, equipment maintenance, staff training.

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Development and Validation of a Novel Diagnostic Test for Human Brucellosis Using a Glyco-engineered Antigen Coupled to Magnetic Beads

by Andrés E. Ciocchini, Diego A. Rey Serantes, Luciano J. Melli, Jeremy A. Iwashkiw, Bettina Deodata, Jorge Wallach, Mario F. FEldman, Juan E. Ugalde, Diego J. Comerci
27th February 2013 • comment

This Policy Forum article aims to highlight opportunities for screening and appropriate treatment of life-threatening pregnancy-related interventions.

12th October 2012 • comment

Bug Challenge Number 2

by David Dance, Sayapeth Rattanavong, Viengmon Davong
28th September 2012 • comment

Streptococcal Pharyngitis - 2012 IDSA Guidelines

by Stanford T. Shulman, Alan L. Bisno, Herbert W. Clegg, Michael A. Gerber, Edward L. Kaplan, Grace Lee, Judith M. Martin, Chris Van Beneden
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Visceral leishmaniasis: what are the needs for diagnosis, treatment and control?

by François Chappuis, Shyam Sundar, Asrat Hailu, Hashim Ghalib, Suman Rijal, Rosanna W. Peeling
23rd July 2012 • comment

Diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis

by Pankaj Srivastava, Anand Dayama, Sanjana Mehrotra, Shyam Sundar
23rd July 2012 • comment

Enteric fever diagnostics reviews

by Paula Bianca Blomquist
18th July 2012 • comment

Microfluid technologies

by Paula Bianca Blomquist
16th July 2012 • comment

Mobile Phone Based Clinical Microscopy for Global Health Applications

by David N. Breslauer, Robi N. Maamari, Neil A. Switz, Wilbur A. Lam, Daniel A. Fletcher
16th July 2012 • comment

Web-Based Virtual Microscopy for Parasitology: A Novel Tool for Education and Quality Assurance

by Ewert Linder, Mikael Lundin, Cecilia Thors, Marianne Lebbad, Jadwiga Winiecka-Krusnell, Heikki Helin, Byron Leiva, Jorma Isola, Johan Lundin
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Identification of Mimotopes with Diagnostic Potential for Trypanosoma brucei gambiense Varient Surfance Glycoproteins Using Human Antibody Fractions

by Liesbeth Van Nieuwenhove, Philippe Buscher, Fatima Balharbi, Michael Humbert, Tessa Dieltjens, Yves Guisez, Veerle Lejon
12th July 2012 • comment

Point-of-Care Tests to Strengthen Health Systems and Save Newborn Lives: The Case of Syphilis

by David Mabey, Kimberly Sollis, Helen Kelly, Adele Schwartz Benzaken, Edward Bitarakwate, John Changalucha, Xiang-Sheng Chen, Yue-Pin Ying, Patricia Garcia, Susan Strasser, Namwinga Chintu, Tikki Pang, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Sedona Sweeney, Rosanna Peeling
10th July 2012 • comment

Diagnostic Accuracy of Molecular Amplification Tests for Human African Trypanosomiasis—Systematic Review

by Claire M. Mugasa, Emily R. Adams, Kimberly R. Boer, Heleen C. Dyserinck, Philippe Büscher
10th July 2012 • comment

Towards Point-of-Care Diagnostic and Staging Tools for Human African Trypanosomiaisis

by Enock Matovu, Anne Juliet Kazibwe, Claire Mack Mugasa, Joseph Mathu Ndungu, Zablon Kithingi
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  June’s article of the month features a paper from Infection and Drug Resistance called “High prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing pathogens: results of a surveillance study in two hospitals in Ujjain, India”.

1st June 2012 • comment

Bug Challenge

by Editors

Our first "Bug Challenge" comes from Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Laos

25th May 2012 • comment

May's article of the month features a supplement from Clinical Infectious Diseases on "Pneumonia Etiology Research for Clinical Health"

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Laboratory data is crucial in ensuring subject safety and determining the effectiveness of an investigational medicinal product. Here are some issues to consider for clinical trial laboratories in resource-poor settings.

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