Laura Merson joined ERGO and IDDO in 2015 to support new platform initiatives for emerging infections and neglected tropical diseases, including coordination of the Ebola Data Sharing Platform. This joint position integrates many of Laura’s research interests including exploring issues in sharing biomedical research data and in changing the paradigm of clinical research in outbreaks to enable rapid research response to emerging infections. As an executive member of the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infections Consortium (ISARIC), Laura has contributed to the development of standardized, open-access research protocols designed for outbreak response in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Before moving to Oxford, Laura spent more than six years building capacity in research design, implementation and ethics across Asia and Africa as Head of Clinical Trials for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Viet Nam.

Selected Publications

Merson L, Phong TV, Nhan LNT, Dung NT, Ngan TTD, Kinh NV, Parker M, Bull S.  Trust, respect and reciprocity: Informing culturally appropriate data-sharing practice in Viet NamJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.  2015:Vol.10(3):251-263. DOI: 10.1177/15562646-15592387

Bull S, Cheah PY, Denny S, Jao I, Marsh V, Merson L, More NS, Nhan LNT, Orsin D, Tangseefa D, Wassenaar D, Parker M.  Best practices for ethical sharing of patient-level health research data from low- and middle-income settings.  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.  2015:Vol.10(3):251-263. DOI: 10.1177/15562646-15594606 

Dunning JW, Merson L, Rohde GG, Gao Z, Semple MG, Tran D, Gordon A, Olliaro PL, Khoo SH, Bruzzone R, Horby P, Cobb JP, Longuere KS, Kellam P, Nichol A, Brett S, Everett D, Walsh TS, Hien TT, Yu H, Zambon M, Ruiz-Palacios G, Lang T, Akhvlediani T; ISARIC Working Group 3, ISARIC Council, Hayden FG, Marshall J, Webb S, Angus DC, Shindo N, van der Werf S, Openshaw PJ, Farrar J, Carson G, Baillie JK. Open source clinical science for emerging infections. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2014 Jan;14(1):8-9. Abstract Full Text