Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
Lisa White is the head of an Oxford University mathematical and economic modelling (MAEMOD) group based in Thailand at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. MAEMOD coordinates an international network of infectious disease modellers and modelling research beneficiaries working in the Tropics (TDModNet). Her work on malaria combines within and between host infection models with multi-strain/species modelling to consider the characterisation, emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance and its containment. She has strong collaborative links with the National Center of Malaria Control (CNM) in Cambodia and members of the WHO concerned with the containment of artemisinin resistance in its focus in Western Cambodia. She is also participant in the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA), an international consultative initiative aimed at identifying current knowledge gaps and new tools needed for malaria eradication. She is now developing mathematical models to be used as tools for national and international malaria elimination strategy design in the Asia Pacific Region. A large part of this approach is to build capacity in the region for performing mathematical modelling research and for policymakers to access these new human resources effectively.