News and Events


May 2019


Vietnam Science and Technology  Award 2018


Associate Prof. Dr. Le Huu Song, Director of the VG-CARE along with the VG CARE team members Dr. Ngo Tat Trung and Ms. Dao Thanh Quyen received the 'World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) prize', as well as 'Vietnam Science and Technology (VIFOTEC) prize of the year 2018' for developing diagnostic kits to detect antibiotic resistance genes. The award was presented by the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on 14th May 2019. Associate Prof. Dr. Le Huu Song also received a 'Certificate of Merit' from the Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc.




Workshop on 'Scientific Writing and Publishing'


With support from DAAD regional office in Hanoi, VG-CARE has succesfully organized and completed a workshop on ''Scientific Writing and Publishing' held on May 09th. The event was inagurated by Mr. Stefan Hase-Bergen, the Head of the DAAD regional office Hanoi for Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmmar and Laos. Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan and Prof. Christian G. Meyer conducted this course 'Communicating Science' which provided a general guide to partcipants on how to write a scientific article and the process of publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal.



DAAD -PAGEL  Summer school on Parasitology


With support from DAAD-PAGEL program, VG-CARE has succesfully organized and completed the Summer school on Parasitology from May 06th until May 08th. The event was inagurated by our German Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Christian Berger. The event was aimed to strengthen and build capacities in the field of parasitology, which was seldom studied or investigated in the clinical routine among many Vietnamese hospitals. The target group comprised of 38 participants who were mainly physicians, clinical researchers and laboratory staff.



April 2019


On 01st April 2019, the directors Profs. Dr. Le Huu Song and Thirumalaisamy P Velavan presented ongoing clinical research in VG-CARE at the first joint committee meeting between Vietnam and Germany on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. This inter-ministerial meeting between the Federal ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) took place in Berlin.



March 2019


On 18 March 2019, the founding director of VG-CARE PD Dr. T.P. Velavan received apl. Profesorship from Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.


January 2019


The Vietnamese-German Center for Medical research received a project grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) DAAD-PAGEL program (5744019) for years 2019-2022, with a vision to establish a parasitology reference laboratory in Hanoi. In next four years, a team of next generation parasitologists from VGCARE will be trained. This program offer educational units accessible for physicians, biologists and medical students and comprise not only of theoretical units, but also of practical instruction in diagnostic techniques. A South- South (Africa- Asia) exchange cooperation, with North- South (Germany- Asia) coordination foreseen.


November 2018


The directors from VG-CARE have met the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the Minister of Women, Family and Community on November 1st 2018 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. This successful network meeting with partners from St. George's Hospital, University London UK provides an excellent opportunity to synergize our efforts in ASEAN region and with European Union.



October 2018


The directors Dr. Le Huu Song and Dr. Thirumalaisamy P Velavan representing VG-CARE visited World Health Organization Regional Office and discussed on potential collaborations on Hepatitis E vaccination clinical studies with Dr. Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline, Head of Mission at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.



July 2018


Team VG-CARE has presented a series of presentations on distinct aspects of infectious diseases at the 8th ASEAN Conference of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (ACTMP) 2018 held in Nha Trang, 26th – 29th July 2018. For more information click here.


Hepatitis delta prevalence among Vietnamese populations: Dr. Sy Bui Tien; Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection with a relative risk of HEV zoonosis in Vietnamese population: Dr. Thirumalaisamy P Velavan; Interferon-stimulated gene 20 kDa protein serum levels and clinical outcome of hepatitis B virus related liver diseases: Dr. Hoang Van Tong; Parasite Infection, Carcinogenesis and Human Malignancy: Prof. Dr. Christian G Meyer; Optimisation of quantitative miRNA panels to consolidate the diagnostic surveillance of HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma: Dr. Ngo Tat Trung; Combination of Vaccine strain measles and mumps viruses enhances oncolytic activity against human malignancies: A/Prof. Dr. Nguyen Linh Toan.



July 2018


The Swiss-Vietnamese Medical Association presented ‘Alexander Yersin Prize 2017’, to encourage medical researchers in Vietnam to make significant contributions to medical literature and will recognize outstanding research achievements.


Dr. Ngo Tat Trung from VG-CARE was one among the four winners for the year 2017 who received the prize sum of VND30 million on 26th July 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. For related press releases, click here.



January 2018


The recruitment of study participants started on 09th January for the 'Phase II Randomised, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial of Neoadjuvant Artesunate in stage II/III Colorectal Cancer (NeoART-V) in Vietnamese patients' Identifier: NCT03093129; For additional information please Click here.


In this context, members of VG-CARE had undergone ICH-GCP/GCLP training. Additionally, members involved in this clinical trial were trained for the use of the REDCAP database.



January 2018


The official inaugural of Vietnamese-German Center for Medical Research (VG-CARE) as a independent legal entity took place on 16th January 2018, at 108 Military Central hospital, Hanoi.


The event was felicitated by the German and Vietnamese delegation, Ministries of Science and Technology (MoST), Ministry of Defence (MoD), Vietnam and DAAD, Germany and well wishers from our HANOI NETWORK- HANNET

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For the official press releases from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), please Click here (Vietnamese) and here (Vietnamese).



December 2017


Dr. Nghiem Xuan Hoan, MD has successfully completed his PhD in Experimental Medizin at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany. Hearty Congratulations ! 



August 2017


VG-CARE received substantial financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for next five years to establish a well-equipped site and subsequently for the conduct of clinical trials.


April 2017


With support from DAAD-PAGEL program, VG-CARE has succesfully organized and completed the Summer school on Tropical Medicine and Epidemiology.



August 2016:


Members of VG-CARE, Prof. Dr. Christian G Meyer and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Velavan together have conduced a seminar series on infectious diseases and a workshop on 'Advanced Molecular diagnostics of Infectious diseases' between 22- 23 August 2016, at Duy Tan University, Da Nang.

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June 2016:


On 28 June 2016, one of the founding director of VG-CARE Dr. Velavan was habilitated as 'Privatdozent' (Associate Professor) from Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany in the field of Human Parasitology.


May 2016:


The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious diseases (ESCMID) along with VG-CARE, DAAD and the 108 Military Central Hospital co-organized a course on emerging drug resistances and anti-microbial stewardship, between 11- 13 May 2016, at the 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi.


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Summer School on Emerging drug resistances and anti-microbial stewardship
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November 2015:


Hepatitis E virus superinfection and clinical progression in hepatitis B patients


Research scientists from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Tübingen and the Robert Koch Institute in cooperation with Vietnamese scientists, have published a study on the burden of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in patients chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the EBioMedicine Journal. The study team discovered that the rate of HEV infection is higher in HBV patients than in the healthy population. The study also reports that hepatitis B patients with a HEV infection, develop progressive HBV-related liver diseases faster including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.


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DAAD Workshop, Summer school and Expert seminars in 2015


With generous support from the DAAD through DAAD-PAGEL program, VG-CARE has succesfully organized and completed hands on training workshops on '' Advanced molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases'' (in April 2015), followed by a Summer school on Tropical Medicine and Epidemiology (in July 2015), and two expert seminars (in January and September 2015).


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January 2015:


Inaguration of the Vietnamese-German Centre for Medical Research (VG-CARE) in January 2015, at 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam.


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June 2014:


A delegation from ''Vietnamese National Main Science Research Council For Medical And Pharmaceutical Programme'' Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), visited Tübingen.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to intensify cooperations in the field of infectious diseases research was signed by the Rector of the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Professor Dr. Bernd Engler and the Vice-Dean and Deputy Chairman of the Medical Faculty, Professor Dr. Diethelm Wallwiener, with Dr. Pham Gia Khanh and Mr. Do Xuan Cuong.


June 2013:


Professor Dr. Bamberg, Managing Medical Director and CEO of the University Hospital Tübingen, received the head of delegation Dr. Vu Quoc Binh, Major General of the Vietnam People's Army Department of Military Medicine. Increased cooperation in the field of infectious diseases has been agreed upon with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Eberhard-Karl Univesity, Tübingen.


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