Congratulations to Dr Ngo Thi Hoa, a Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in the Zoonosis Group of the OUCRU and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam. Dr Hoa has just been awarded a two year research grant by the Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) for her research on Streptococcus suis infection in pigs (http://www.dost.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/web/vn/default.aspx?cat_id=416#content).
The award is recognition of the outstanding work of Dr Hoa and her team who have spent the last two years studying the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis, an important animal diseases and the major cause of acute bacterial meningitis in adult patients throughout Viet Nam and South East Asia. In collaboration with the Sub Departments of Animal Health Services in the southern provinces of Viet Nam, Dr Hoa has recently extended her research to local communities in Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Thai Binh, Soc Trang and Regional Animal Health Office VI. The major aim of this research is to investigate the prevalence of S. suis carriage and infection in pigs and link this with on-going studies in humans.
Dr Hoa completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences in Ho Chi Minh City before completing a PhD from the University of London. After her PhD Dr Hoa was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship for post-doctoral studies at Yale University before returning to Viet Nam. Her research is now based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and she is very involved with the teaching progammes of the University of Science, HCMC and the Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University. Dr Hoa has contributed to 20 international publications and has successfully supervised 12 BSc and MSc students.
Congratulations also to Dr Nguyen Thi Hue who has just received ‘The Lecturer of the Year Award 2010 Ho Chi Minh City’. Dr Hue completed her PhD with the OUCRU and WT MOP in 2008. Following her PhD (Host genetics of Malaria in Viet Nam supervisor Dr Sarah Dunstan) Dr Hue was appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Biotechnology of the International University, HCMC. She has been subsequently been leading the teaching courses in Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Biotechnology, Molecular Diagnostics and Genetics. In December 2010 Dr Hue was honoured with the award of The Lecturer of the Year Award 2010 Ho Chi Minh City’.
Despite her teaching commitments Dr Hue has continued her research interests and in 2009 was awarded a grant of USD 10,000 from the Vietnam National University’s for her research on mutations causing G6PD deficiency in Vietnamese people.
In 2010 Dr Hue was awarded her second major grant of USD50,000 from the National Foundation of Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) for further work on the genetics of G6PD deficiency. This work will link the International University with the OUCRU and WT MOP at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases In addition to this collaborative work Dr Hue has built collaborations with other research groups including the cancer research group of Professor Lyn Griffiths, the Research Genome Centre, Griffith University, Australia, and the Hospital for Cancer in HCMC. With financial support from the NAFOSTED grant, along with support from OUCRU and Wellcome Trust in VN and Tu Du Hospital in HCMC, Dr Hue has established and developed research and training collaborations for BSc and MSc students of the International University.
These two major awards represent the first grants to be awarded by the National Foundation and Department of Science and Technology Viet Nam for research conducted in partnership with the OUCRU-VN and WT MOP.