The University of Pittsburgh VMI team hosted collaborators from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Vietnam, on January 24, 2014. Professor Tran Nhu Duong, Deputy Director, NIHE, and Dr. Pham Quang Thai, Department of Epidemiology, NIHE, spent the day with Dr. Donald Burke, Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis and Dr. John Grefenstette at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health discussing the research orientation at NIHE and the joint VMI research program “Spatial Dynamic of Dengue in Southeast Asia”, which will use dengue modeling for disease prediction.
Dr. Donald Burke and Professor Tran Nhu Duong
The NIHE conducts research in epidemiology, medical microbiology, immunology and molecular biology. They study and develop new vaccines and biological products, direct national health programs including communicable disease surveillance and dengue fever control program, provide the Ministry of Health with technical advice, and offer graduate and undergraduate training, technical training and retraining.
Both institutions hope to expand collaboration in all related areas on communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases surveillance, control and prevention.