Professor Richard J Maude
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MBChB BSc DTM&H DPhil MD FRGS FRCP FRSPH
Professor of Tropical Medicine
- Head of Epidemiology Department, MORU, Bangkok, Thailand
- Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
- Honorary Consultant Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
- Visiting Professor, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
- Visiting Associate Professor, Hong Kong University
Improving the collection and use of geospatial data to inform health policy for communicable disease control and elimination
Professor Maude is Head of the Epidemiology Department at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand where he has worked since 2007.
Leads multidisciplinary, policy-focussed research which combines field studies, descriptive epidemiology and modelling of communicable diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of interest include spatiotemporal epidemiology, GIS mapping, disease surveillance, pathogen genetics, climate and population movement with a focus on malaria, dengue, novel pathogens and environmental health.
Leads the Health GeoLab Hub at MORU which aims to strengthen and sustain the technical capacity of the health sector in countries in the Asia-Pacific Region in the management and use of geospatial data and technologies through research, technical support and training. Founding member of GroupMappers.
Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network Surveillance and Response Working Group, Co-Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Surveillance Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group Community Health Committee, and Co-Chair of the Coalition for Equitable ResearCh in Low-resource sEttings (CERCLE) Clinical Epidemiology Working Group.
Member of the UNICEF Digital Health Centre of Excellence (DICE) roster of experts, Global Fund TA Pool for GIS and Institute for Malaria and Climate Solutions (IMACS) virtual centre of excellence.
Education and Training
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at the Nuffield Department of Medicine and co-chairs the MORU Postgraduate Committee. Runs training courses for government disease control programmes and academics on epidemiology, data analysis, modelling and GIS.
Epidemiology and malaria elimination
Malaria epidemiology focuses on two main challenges to malaria elimination: antimalarial drug resistance and the movement of people that are spreading the malaria parasite. Travel surveys and cellphone records, combined with population parasite genetics help predict the spread of malaria and of drug resistance. Close coordination with all groups and agencies involved is crucial to malaria surveillance and elimination strategies.
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