14 January: Tết New Years celebrations at the Embassy of Vietnam, Berlin
01-03 December: Training on the mobile laboratory, Hanoi
30 November: Handover ceremony of the PACE-UP mobile laboratory, Hanoi
29- 30 November: PACE-UP Expert seminar on GCP/GCLP
22 September: DAAD Alumni Talk at Goethe-Institute, Hanoi
On 22 September, Dr. Nguyen Trong The and Prof. Dr. Velavan were invited to a DAAD alumni event organised by the DAAD office, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy. The Deputy Director of VG-CARE, Dr Nguyen Trong The, gave a lecture on "Dengue Fever" and Prof. Dr. Velavan gave a lecture on "COVID-19: an update".
Mr. Stefan Hase-Bergen, Head of the DAAD Office, moderated the event. The event was also chaired by Mr. Jörg Kinnen, Head of the Department of Culture, Press and Science of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Related Press Release DAAD Hanoi, click here.
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19-23 September: Workshop "Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Diseases".
The Pan ASEAN coalition for epidemic and outbreak preparedness (PACEUP), the only Global Health Centre based at the Vietnamese German Centre for Medical Research (VG-CARE) 108 Military Hospital, organised the workshop "Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Diseases". The workshop was opened by the German Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Guido Hildner. The workshop, which was attended by 42 scientists, PhD students, undergraduate students and others from Vietnam, Germany, Indonesia, Europe and Africa, was organised by the DAAD Global Health Centre, also known as PACE -UP, Global Health Centre in Asia, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD.
06-07 September: International scientific collaboration for tomorrow's world: Global Centres for Health and Climate, Berlin, Germany
The Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) hosted the inaugural meeting with all stakeholders of the eight interdisciplinary 'Global Centres' addressing global health and climate challenges around the world. The Pan ASEAN coalition for epidemic and outbreak preparedness (PACEUP), the only global health centre for Asia hosted by VG-CARE, was well represented at this event on international scientific collaboration for tomorrow's world: Global Centres for Health and Climate, which took place in Berlin on 6-7 September.
Prof. Dr. Velavan from VG-CARE has been elected to the Steering Committee (2022-2024) for Biomedicine of the German alliance of Global health Research (GLORHA). For more information, visit GLORHA website.
Delegates from the Naval Medicine Research Unit-2 (NAMRU-2 Unit, USA) visited VG-CARE to initiate a clinical trial of tafenoquine as a malaria chemoprophylaxis.
Prof. Dr Thirumalaisamy P Velavan of VG-CARE has been appointed by the State of Baden Württemberg to the civil service for life as Akademischer Oberrat at the University Hospital Tübingen, Germany.
VG-CARE reports the first OMRICON SARS-CoV-2 varaint identified in a Vietnamese patient. VG-CARE continues to contribute to genomic surveillance of SARS-C0V-2. VG-CARE has deposited more than 1000 SARS-COV-2 genomes in the global GISAID database. For more information from Ministry of Health, GISAID, press release.
VG-CARE along with Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany has been chosen to deliver a project together with Sweden, France, Denmark partners working together in Vietnam. The project is funded by EU- Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance- “HARISSA”: One HeAlth InteRventIon and TransmiSSion in AMR for thr project titled:Interventions to decrease CRE colonization and transmission between hospitals, households, communities, and domesticated animals (I-CRECT). for more information please, click here.
With the support of ongoing DAAD funded projects, the Vietnamese German Center for Medical Research, together with experts from the University of Tübingen, successfully completed a two week training course on whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 variants using MinIon Nanopore technology. This capacity is being sustained and a number of sequences are currently being deposited in the global databases by VG-CARE and associated partner institutes of the Pan ASEAN Coalition for Epidemic and Outbreak Preparedness (PACE-UP).
The German Society for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Global Health e.V. (DTG) has conferred 'Award for Tropical Medicine 2021’ to Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of tropical medicine or international health sciences. For details please Click here.
Vietnamese-German Center for Medical Research (VGCARE) has received a grant 'PAN ASEAN Coalition for Epidemic and OUtbreak Preparedness (PACE-UP)' from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). VG-CARE will serve as one of the four Global health and Pandemic prevention hub, in particular for the ASEAN region for next five years.
The well-established and successful North-South and South-South collaborative networks bring to the PACE-UP a consortium of 28 partner institutions drawn from 5 Asian, 4 European and 11 African countries, with multidisciplinary expertise aimed at strengthening regional and ASEAN-wide capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to infectious diseases with epidemic potential occurring in the region or imported from overseas. For additional information please Click here.
The Vietnamese-German Center for Medical Research (VGCARE) has successfully completed a study from hospitalized patients and outpatients including the health care workers, to understand the factual burden of COVID-19 in the Vietnamese high-risk population. The study is now published in Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific. Thanks to DAAD for the support for the conduct of the study. For additional information please Click here.
On November 02, Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan, along with members of the NeoART-V team in Hanoi, visited the Nghe An Oncology Hospital in Vinh for study monitoring. The visit is intended to strengthen intramural collaboration and to accelerate the patient recruitment for the ongoing clinical trial "Phase II Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Neoadjuvant Artesunate in Stage II/III Colorectal Cancer (NeoART-V) in Vietnamese Patients". ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03093129; For additional information please click here
On October 27, Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P Velavan was invited to a DAAD alumni event organized by the DAAD office, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy. Prof. Velavan gave a lecture on "Our journey with COVID-19: The pandemic". The event was chaired by honorable Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner. Mr. Stefan Hase-Bergen, the head of the DAAD office, moderated the event. Related Press release from DAAD Hanoi Click here for German; Click here for Vietnamese.
The rapidly spreading COVID-19 clearly shows that infectious diseases are among the greatest threats. During this crisis sitaution depletion of resources from supply chains in Germany is acknowledged. VG-CARE has sent 6000 Oropharyngeal swabs to Germany for a clinical study to treat COVID-19 patients with Hydroxychloroquine. This was possible with the support of the German Embassy in Hanoi and from Ministry of Health (BMG) Germany. We value your support. The swabs were received on 30 March 2020. Related Press release from German Embassy Hanoi Click here for German; Click here for Vietnamese; Click here for English language.
The International Bureau (IB) of The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany has hosted VG-EXCEL to be a successful project in the BMBF Funding Programme to establish joint research centres with partners in the Asia-Pacific Research Area (APRA). Detailed information can be accessed in the BMBF online portal. Click here for English; Click here for German language.
On 13th December, Dr. The Trong Nguyen, MD has succesfully completed his PhD in Experimental Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany. Hearty Congratulations !
On 27th November, Dr. Mai Thanh Binh, MD has succesfully completed his PhD in Experimental Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany. Hearty Congratulations !
On 12-13th November, Prof. Dr. Velavan representing Universitätsklinikum Tübingen and Prof. Dr. Nguyen Linh Toan, representing Vietnam Military Medical University (VMMU) took part in the DAAD - ASIA Network conference held in Yangon, Myanmar. New collaborative projects are foreseen with other ASEAN and Asian partners.
On 06th November, the President and the Rector of the Vietnam Military Medical University (VMMU) Prof. Dr. Do Quyet has conferred Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan and Prof. Dr. Christian G. Meyer, representing Universitätsklinikum Tübingen with the prestigious title of Visiting Professorship for their academic contribution in the field of infectious diseases between the two institutes.
On 06th November, VG-CARE along with Universitätsklinikum Tübingen and Vietnam Military Medical University has successfully conducetd DAAD-PAGEL Expert Seminar on 'Parasitology and Cancer' at the campus of Vietnam Military Medical University, Hanoi.
On 01st November, the German ambassador to Vietnam, His Excellency Dr. Guido Hildner had made an official visit to VG-CARE and was received by the 108 Hospital Board of directors and colleagues from VG-CARE. All ongoing activities related to individual, institutional and infrastructural capacity building were demonstrated. Also present was Mr. Stefan Hase-Bergen, the Head of the DAAD regional office Hanoi for Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmmar and Laos.
On 30th October, the 3rd German Science day 2019 in Hanoi was organized: VG-CARE was represented for distinct BMBF, DAAD-PAGEL, BMBF-MOST bilateral projects. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with the German Embassy in Hanoi has organized this event. The event marks a large variety of presentations, and a unique chance to network with representatives of leading German Universities, research institutions and funding organizations.
On 29th October, the delegation from Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), led by Ms. Katharin Meyer and the team from PT-DLR Büro, along with the Vietnam-German University President Dr. Thomas Benz made an official visit to VG-CARE. The delegation was briefed with all our ongoing activities in the field of research, teaching-training and patient-care. Further possibilities on collaborative initiatives in the ASEAN region and among EU countries were discussed.
VG-CARE has been selected for the consolidation phase in the BMBF-APRA project and will receive financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for next three years (August 2019- July 2022) for the continuation of distinct projects, including clinical trials and basic research.
In the context of an ongoing 'Phase II Randomised, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial of Neoadjuvant Artesunate in stage II/III Colorectal Cancer (NeoART-V) in Vietnamese patients', the members of NeoART-v team had undergone ICH-GCP/GCLP training after second year. Additionally, members involved in this clinical trial were trained and monitored for the use of the REDCAP database. Study and data safety monitoring subsequently took place this July 2019. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03093129; For additional information please Click here.
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.
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.
On 18 March 2019, the founding director of VG-CARE PD Dr. T.P. Velavan received apl. Profesorship from Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
ClinicalTrials.gov 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.
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
Dr. Nghiem Xuan Hoan, MD has successfully completed his PhD in Experimental Medizin at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany. Hearty Congratulations !
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.
With support from DAAD-PAGEL program, VG-CARE has succesfully organized and completed the Summer school on Tropical Medicine and Epidemiology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Inaguration of the Vietnamese-German Centre for Medical Research (VG-CARE) in January 2015, at 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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.
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.