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History of Tropical Medicine at Oxford

Every year more than 10 million children under the age of five die in developing countries, nearly a million from malaria alone. Every day more than 2500 people die of malaria, most of them children. These are the statistics that help drive the tenacious work of Oxford researchers in tropical medicine. The genesis of Oxford’s involvement goes back to a conversation over a bottle of whiskey, between David Weatherall and Peter Williams, the then Director of the Wellcome Trust, in New York in 1977. This led to David Warrell establishing the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok and Weatherall, in the words of Peter Williams, became the “Fairy God Mother” of the Oxford researchers who went to work in the tropics. Today Oxford medicine has a presence in India, China, South East Asia, Africa and South America. It is one Oxford University’s major contemporary achievements and it has given the university a global presence.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Dr. Brian Angus on Tropical Medicine Writer and medical historian Conrad Keating talks to Dr. Brian Angus, Director of the Wellcome Trust UK Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine in Oxford, about his interest in science and how this inspired him to work with infectious diseases in Africa. Brain Angus, Conrad Keating 14 Sep 2010
2 Creative Commons Sarah Rowland-Jones on HIV/AIDS Conrad Keating interviews Sarah Rowland-Jones, Professor of Immunology and Consultant Physician. The theme of her work is anti-viral immunity with a particular focus on how immune responses modify the outcome of HIV and other viral infections. Sarah Rowland-Jones, Conrad Keating 16 Aug 2010
3 Creative Commons Medicine without Frontiers: An Oxford physician-scientist working in Kenya. On one of Kevin Marsh's regular visits to Oxford, the historian Conrad Keating caught up with the world-renowned malariologist and asked him what initially drew him to tropical medicine... Kevin Marsh, Conrad Keating 04 Jun 2010
4 Creative Commons Forging a New Frontier in Oxford Medicine The historian Conrad Keating continues his history of Oxford's groundbreaking contribution to health in the tropics by asking David Warrell what motivated him to work in Africa... David Warrell, Conrad Keating 12 May 2010
5 Creative Commons Sir David Weatherall on Malaria Conrad Keating, the medical historian, opens his series with an interview with Sir David Weatherall to mark World Malaria Day on April 25th 2010. Sir David Weatherall, Conrad Keating 23 Apr 2010