Vu Thi Lan Huong

Dr Vũ Thị Lan Hương

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Vũ Thị Lan Hương, MPH. DPhil., is a Senior Research Fellow at OUCRU Ha Noi. Her research primarily focuses on two key areas: the development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings, and evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions in Asia.

Unraveling Antimicrobial Resistance

With an increasing global spread of extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) and emergence of carbapenem resistance among Gram-negative bacteria (CR-GNB), the importance of understanding the development and transmission mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance cannot be overstated. Dr Vu Thi Lan Huong’s research aims to unravel the complexities of these mechanisms within healthcare settings, particularly hospitals.

Her research projects seek to disentangle the risks associated with CR-GNB acquisition, understand the role of the gut microbiome and social mixing patterns in the spread of CR-GNB, and uncover the selection processes that lead to the development of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The insights generated from this research are pivotal to the identification of practical and sustainable control interventions, particularly within low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Ultimately, Dr Vu Thi Lan Huong’s work in this area is instrumental in preserving the efficacy of our last-resort antibiotics and reducing the number of lives lost to untreatable bacterial infections.

Evaluating Public Health Interventions in Asia

Dr Vu Thi Lan Huong’s work also generates real-world actionable data to evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions in Asia. This aspect of her research is particularly crucial in resource-limited settings where informed decision-making is often challenged by information scarcity and budget shortfalls.

Specifically, her work involves community and hospital-based studies on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance. The project assesses factors that can be addressed to control the emergence and spread of resistance, preserve the efficacy of antibiotics, and identify interventions that are responsive to the needs of the target populations in Vietnam and the wider Asian region.

Her research employs a multi-method participatory approach to antimicrobial stewardship. This approach integrates data use and analysis in action planning and monitoring intervention impact. It also reinforces information sharing and discussions through stakeholder meetings and local networks, fostering collaborations with local and international partners. Dr Vu Thi Lan Huong’s work also involves the development and evaluation of multi-faceted interventions, and performing economic analyses to inform policy and actions.

Through her research, Dr Vu Thi Lan Huong is contributing significantly to the global and national action plans aimed at containing antimicrobial resistance. Her work is poised to support public health interventions in reducing the burden of illness and improving the quality of life for patients and their communities.


Huong Thi Lan Vu, Thuy Thi Thanh Pham, Yen Hai Duong, Quan Anh Truong, Hong Khanh Nguyen, Tu Thi Cam Nguyen, Long Xuan Trinh, Ha Thi Hong Nguyen, Minh Quang Le, Vinh Hai Vu, Duc Minh Chau, Nguyet Thi Huynh, Em Thi Hoang Dung Vo, Hoa Nguyen Minh Le, Thach Ngoc Pham, Todd M Pollack, H Rogier Van Doorn.
JAC Antimicrob Resist
April 16, 2024
DOI: 10.1093/jacamr/dlae064
Suntornsut P, Asadinia KS, Limato R, Tamara A, Rotty L W A, Bramanti R, Nusantara D U, Nelwan E J, Khusuwan S, Suphamongkholchaikul W, Chamnan P, Piyaphanee W, Lan Vu H T, Nguyen Y H, Nguyen K H, Pham T N, Le Q M, Hai Vu V, Chau D M, Hoang Vo D E T, Harriss E K, van Doorn H R, Hamers R L, Lorencatto F, Atkins L, Limmathurotsakul D
BMJ Open
February 19, 2024
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-075526
Ta Thi Dieu Ngan, Truong Anh Quan, Le Minh Quang, Vu Hai Vinh, Chau Minh Duc, Huynh Thi Nguyet, Nguyen Thi Cam Tu, Nguyen Hong Khanh, Le Ba Long Nguyen Hong Hue, Dinh The Hung, Nguyen Duc Thanh, Nguyen Van Ve, Tran Thanh Giang, Le Thanh Tung, Truong Thanh Tuan, Thomas Kesteman, Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, Deverick J Anderson, H Rogier Van Doorn, Vu Thi Lan Huong
JAC Antimicrob Resist
January 18, 2023
DOI: 10.1093/jacamr/dlac144
Tamalee Roberts, Prabin Dahal, Poojan Shrestha, William Schilling, Rujan Shrestha, Roland Ngu, Vu Thi Lan Huong, H Rogier van Doorn, Vilayouth Phimolsarnnousith, Thyl Miliya, John A Crump, David Bell, Paul N Newton, Sabine Dittrich, Heidi Hopkins, Kasia Stepniewska, Philippe J Guerin, Elizabeth A Ashley, Paul Turner
Int J Infect Dis
July 8, 2022
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.07.018
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