The Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG) is a multidisciplinary team within the Department of Global Health & Development in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.The Group is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and conducts research across the SE Asia region, and beyond. It provides a focus of expertise on the diverse public health problems associated with communicable disease control internationally and carries out research that is in support of and for policy reform.

GCRF Project Launches in Bangkok

University of Kent has launched a new website of "GCRF Establishment of biopharmaceutical and animal vaccine production capacity in Thailand and neighbouring SE Asian countries" project. 

The GCRF BioPharma project kicked off with a great meeting of the whole consortium in Bangkok this month. Research teams from the National Biopharmaceutical Facility (NBF) at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and The National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Bangkok, are joining forces with researchers from the University of Kent, UCL, Imperial College and LSHTM (Richard Coker and Fatim Lakha) to undertake this ambitious project. Biopharmaceuticals are protein drugs that are used to treat a wide variety of diseases, including cancer and auto-immune diseases. 

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Prof Richard Coker with Prof Vonthanak Saphonn, Rector of UHS, Cambodia. He is accepting a Memorandum of Understanding between UHS and LSHTM on behalf of Prof Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM. May 2015. 

Video on "Influenza: Preparing for the next pandemic"

Tom Drake and Prof Richard Coker discuss pandemic influenza mitigation measures as they affect Southeast Asia, a region considered by many to be the front line of any future battle against the disease.



8 January 2019

PhD Studentships 2019

The Bloomsbury Colleges | PhD Studentships 2019 | Influenza dynamics at the animal-human interface in relation to swine production systems in Cambodia

Influenza dynamics at the animal-human interface in relation to swine production systems in Cambodia.

Award includes tuition fees and a stipend of £16,777 including London Weighting (at 2018/19 rates, so slightly higher for 2019 entry)

100% FTE for 3 years, from September 2019.

Project Description:

Influenza pandemics evolve undetected in animal hosts for several years before detection in humans, and the role of swine in the 2009-H1N1 pandemic is well documented. However, little is known about the ecology and evolution of influenza viruses in pigs, particularly in Southeast Asia, where surveillance is limited, and conditions are fertile for virus re-assortment and pandemic emergence. Consumption and production of livestock in this region has increased dramatically in recent years, with livestock systems undergoing rapid change. The implications for zoonotic and pandemic disease emergence remain unclear but are likely to be profound. In Cambodia, for example, the supply of pigs still relies largely on smallholders with low biosecurity, along with importation of pigs from neighbouring countries. However, numbers of larger-scale intensive farms are increasing, and often located in close proximity, or otherwise connected (e.g. via trading and contract farming), to smallholder systems. A better understanding of influenza dynamics at the swine-human interface is needed to identify where risks of zoonotic transmission and virus re-assortment are highest, and how these risks are influenced by livestock practices.

For more information please visit here.