The CRCD will support research (both basic and applied) on all communicable diseases, particularly the infections that are prevalent and important in Malaysia and SE Asia. The following are examples:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Leptospirosis and other zoonoses/veterinary infections
  • Dengue, chikungunya and respiratory/enteric/arbovirus infections
  • Opportunistic fungal infections
  • Malaria, enteric protozoal/helminthic infections
  • Infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria

Other research areas to be encouraged include:

  • Development of new insecticides, vaccines, chemotherapeutic agents and diagnostics
  • Medicinal value of tropical plants for the treatment of infectious diseases
  • Traditional and Complimentary Medicine approaches to the management of infectious diseases
  • Water quality assessment for indicators of waterborne infections
  • The role of the environment and non-human reservoirs on the incidence and pathogenesis of infectious diseases
  • The occurrence and consequences of polyparasitism
  • The role of infective agents in cancer development
  • Development of comprehensive infection and drug resistance surveillance systems
  • Development of effective management strategies for infectious diseases in different social contexts
  • Evaluation of the impact of interventions in the prevention and control of infectious diseases