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Professor C Louise Thwaites

Professor C Louise Thwaites

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C Louise Thwaites


Associate Professor

  • Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Emerging Infection

Louise Thwaites is a clinical researcher and member of the Emerging Infections group at OUCRU. She is an associate professor in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford.

Her research focuses on the care of critically ill patients in resource-restricted settings and she has spent much of her career engaged in research into tetanus. This includes conducting a large randomized controlled trials of magnesium sulphate and intrathecal tetanus antitoxin in tetanus, investigation into the underlying pathophysiology and long-term outcome following tetanus and, trying to understand which populations are most at risk of tetanus and ways to improve vaccination uptake these communities. More broadly, she is interested in ways of improving care of critically ill patients using new technologies and forging new collaborations to achieve this. Her current role in the VITAL project involves developing new devices and technologies for use in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation following diseases such as tetanus, sepsis and dengue.

Louise is an expert consultant to the World Health Organization. She is a member of the Crit Care Asia network of the steering committee of the Asia Pacific Sepsis Association, leading its guidelines, policy and quality working group. She is a member of the sepsis in resource-limited settings–expert consensus recommendations group of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit.

Louise has published more than 90 articles in international journals.