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Vietnam Research Station

Vietnam Research StationThe Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Nagasaki University and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Vietnam (NIHE), have been jointly conducting a collaborative project since 2005 on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases under a grant from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. A Vietnam research station established on the NIHE campus has been the site of number of research activities. The project for clarifying environmental and social factors affecting outbreaks of zoonosis, vector-borne infectious diseases, diarrhoea, and childhood pneumonia has been conducted within a collaborative project framework. Having achieved the goals set or research in the project’s first phase (from 2005 to 2009), the next objectives had been underlined, clarifying the factors and mechanisms causing infectious diseases (from 2010 to 2014).
Since 2015, the project has been taken over to the third phase under a grant from the newly established Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). Four main subjects i.e., Dengue fever, Infectious diarrhoea, Influenza, and Drug resistant bacteria were selected for taking the aim of development an intervention-based method to inhibit the spread of infectious diseases. In Vietnam Research Station, we have conducted over 20 independent activities including collaborative research with other Japanese institute. To conduct projects on a higher level, cooperation has been established with three Vietnamese governmental research institutions and with JICA-supported national hospitals. The outcome of such activities is expected to contribute greatly to promoting public health and improving medical care.

Members

  • Professor Futoshi Hasebe
  • Assistant Professor Takashi Tsunoda
  • Assistant Professor Taichiro Takemura
  • Administrative Staff Kei Saito
  • Assistant Kana Tomokiyo(in Nekken)

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Research activities

The objectives of the entire project are (1) to clarify the ecology of pathogens in nature and in human society, (2) to clarify the pathogenic mechanism of human diseases. The principal research agenda are as follows:

Dengue fever research:

  1. Comprehensive analysis of dengue viruses for identification of pathological factors and application in new drug development.
  2. A study of mosquito vectors, pathogenic mechanism of dengue fever, and anti-infection measures.
  3. Vector capacity of mosquitoes to transmit arbovirus.
  4. Searching for the potential seeds for prevention.

Dengue fever research (consortium)

  1. Inter-regional analysis of dengue viruses.
  2. Global movement and variation of dengue vector mosquito: Building a database for countermeasure.

Infectious diarrhoea research

  1. A study on the effects rotavirus vaccine will make on the reduction of diarrhoeal disease burden and the dynamics of circulating strains.
  2. Hospital based and a community based studies of a broad range of etiological agents of diarrhoea in Vietnam.
  3. A molecular epidemiological study of Vibrio cholerae in ecosystem in Vietnam.

Infectious diarrhoea research (consortium)

  1. Inter-regional studies of a broad range of etiological agents of diarrhoea in Southeast Asia.

Pediatric acute respiratory infection research

  1. A birth cohort based study for acute respiratory infection.
  2. A birth cohort based study for influenza.
  3. A birth cohort based study for drug resistant Pneumococcus.

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