A long-lasting and continuing scientific collaboration exists between the 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi and the Vietnam Military Medical University and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Germany. The Vietnamese - German Center of Excellence in Medical Research (VG-CARE) was eventually inaugurated in 2015 and is now substantially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). 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. Activities related to education and training are also performed at the campus of VMMU that provides modern and 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 considerable financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), but also from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Tübingen and the 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi. Furthermore, 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.
A recent generous research grant provided by BMBF now permits to establish a well-equipped site for the conduct of clinical trials at the 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi. In a first phase the required technical infrastructure will be established further, together with sound education and training of staff in GCP/GLP and the establishment and operation of a Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) that reviews on a regular basis accumulating data from one or more ongoing clinical trials. Efficiency and competence in the establishment and conduct of clinical trials will support a vibrant research and trials system that makes best use of resources and is in agreement with rapidly advancing scientific developments in the field of both infectious and non-infectious diseases.