A long-lasting and continuing scientific collaboration exists between the Vietnam Military Medical University (VMMU), the 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Germany. After two decades of intense cooperation of Vietnamese with German scientists on various topics, the Vietnamese - German Center for Medical Research (VG-CARE) was eventually inaugurated in January 2015. VG-CARE is located at the Institute of Clinical Infectious Diseases of 108 Military Central Hospital (Tran Hung Dao Hospital), that houses 2500 bed facility for in-patients and cares for approximately 3000 out-patients per day who are mostly civilians. An auxillary unit of VG-CARE for Biomedical Research, Education and Training is located at the campus of the Vietnam Military Medical University (VMMU) that provides state-of the-art facilities.
The vision of VG-CARE is to conduct basic and applied clinical research on infectious diseases in Vietnam and to broaden and strengthen competences in the health care system by establishing sustainable education and training as well as advanced research and service structures. VG-CARE welcomes scientific cooperative projects to conduct clinical, basic and applied research on infectious diseases.
VG-CARE receives support from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Tübingen, the 108 Military Central Hospital and the Vietnam Military Medical University, Hanoi. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED -Vietnam) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) support this international bilateral initiative.