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.



21 May 2019

JOB VACANCY : Research Fellow in Epidemiology and One Health (Cambodia)

Research Fellow in Epidemiology and One Health (Cambodia)
Department of Global Health & Development
Salary: £39,304 to £44,634 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: PHP-GHD-2019-10

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

We are seeking a Research Fellow to join a new One Health-oriented project on understanding zoonotic disease risk in relation to swine production systems in Cambodia, with a focus on influenza.

The post-holder will be based overseas in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working with local collaborators including governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions across both human and animal health sectors. They will coordinate and support day-to-day project activities, including local training and capacity building, field surveys, sample collection from pigs and humans, data management, epidemiological analyses and dissemination of findings.

The appointee will have a postgraduate degree, ideally a doctoral degree, in Epidemiology, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, or related area. A degree in Veterinary Medicine is desirable. The ability to travel internationally to oversee and conduct fieldwork and meet with stakeholders is essential. Good written/verbal communication skills are essential as is the ability to communicate effectively across different cultures and academic backgrounds. Further particulars can be found in the job description.

The post, based in Phnom Penh, is full-time funded until 30 September 2020, with potential for future extension as and when further funding is confirmed. The salary is on the Academic scale, Grade 6 scale £39,304 - £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting) and is subject to LSHTM terms and conditions. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made at and include contacts of two referees to be contacted if shortlisted. Applications are accepted until 10pm on the closing date. Queries may be addressed to

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