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Bridget Wills, Professor

Professor of Tropical Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford.

Prof. Bridget Wills is Professor of Tropical Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford. She trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases in the UK and worked at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, for more than 20 years before returning to the UK in October 2018. Her clinical research focuses primarily on dengue and incorporates studies designed to improve dengue diagnosis and risk prediction for severe disease, randomised intervention trials aiming to improve dengue management, and research investigating the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the major complications of infection


Dong Thi Hoai Tam, Associate Professor

Lecturer in Infectious Diseases Department, UMP

Senior Clinical Consultant in Dengue group, OUCRU

Prof Dong Thi Hoai Tam graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1980 and successfully completed a three-year Internship training course, specializing in Infectious Diseases at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy HCMC. She became a lecturer at the Department of Infectious Diseases, and also worked as a clinician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, a referral hospital for infectious and contagious diseases for HCMC and the southern provinces of Vietnam. She took her Master Degree in 1998, and a PhD Degree in medicine in 2004 at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy HCMC, and became Associate Professor in 2010.

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Nguyen Minh Nguyet, MD, PhD.

Deputy Head, Postdoctoral Scientist – Dengue group

Nguyet obtained her medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2005. She started working as a study doctor in Dengue group, OUCRU in 2007. She got her PhD from the Open University, UK in 2016 investigating the variables mediating dengue virus transmission and severity and mortality of this disease, under the supervision of Prof. Cameron Simmons and Prof. Tran Tinh Hien. She is managing many clinical studies of the group. She is also voluntarily participating in many Public Engagement activities, including Science Theatre, Chat with the Scientists, School Science Club, etc.

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Dinh The Trung, Dr

Clinical Researcher

Dr Dinh The Trung received his medical doctor from University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh city in 1997 and his PhD from Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the Open University UK in 2012. He worked as a clinician at Hospital for Tropical Diseases and as a lecturer at Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh city for nearly 20 years.
He has joined Dengue group at OUCRU as a clinical researcher since 2006. He has been the author or co-author of many articles, mainly on clinical features of dengue in different age-groups, exploring underlying mechanisms of bleeding and systemic vascular leakage in dengue.

Social Science Team 

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Jennifer Ilo van Nuil, Dr

Global Health Bioethics Network Research Fellow at OUCRU

Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, PhD, is a Global Health Bioethics Network Research Fellow at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Jennifer’s expertise is in Medical Anthropology and she is broadly concerned with the relationships between global health interventions, politics, and practice. Her main research interests include the ethnography of biomedicine, infectious diseases, global health, and social theory. Jennifer has worked on research in Rwanda for over ten years and has been working in Vietnam for the past year.

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Le Phuong Chi

Research Assistant

Chi Phuong Le, MSc, is a social research assistant for the RESHAPE project in OUCRU Vietnam. In this role, she and the social research team in OCURU will explore bioethical and social considerations related to human challenge studies in low and middle-income countries and other medical research in healthcare settings. Chi holds a master's degree in Public Health from Umeå University, Sweden.  She used to work in the Center for Health System Research at Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam for two years where she contributed as a coordinator in some international collaborated studies with topics ranging from climate change, tobacco, and alcohol control. She has a special interest in research on health system capacity strengthening in Vietnam.


Huynh Thuy Phuong Hong, BSN, MAdNP, MSC, PhD

Senior Social Scientist

I currently work on:

  • Conducting a literature review on regulatory and legal issues surrounding development of CHIM studies in South East Asia (Vietnam in particular) in the LEAF project. 

  • Design and measurement of perception towards research in the student cohort in the SEED project


Pham Tram Khanh Vy, MsC

Social Scientist

Vy Pham graduated from University of Social Science and Humanities in 2014 and received Master of Science in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from KU Leuven in 2020. Vy joined OUCRU as social scientist for RESHAPE project from March 2021. She works with the project team to develop and implement qualitative research activities, particularly focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, surveys as well as data analysis and report on later stages. By joining OUCRU, Vy sets her interest in the application of ethnographic methods and perspectives to support clinical trials as well as other health researches.      

Public Engagement Team


Mary Chambers, Dr PhD

Head of Public Engagement 

Dr Mary Chambers has a PhD in mosquito transmission dynamics from University of Cambridge. She went on to a post-doctoral position at the Oxford University Clinical Research HCMC, Vietnam in 2000. Since 2006 Mary developed a training programme for local scientists and clinicians registering for PhDs at universities in the UK. Mary is now Head of Public Engagement at OUCRU, with the aims of creating dialogue about science in local communities and integrating community perspectives into OUCRU research studies. She manages a team of PE staff in HCMC, Hanoi, Kathmandu and Jakarta. Recent public engagement projects include science theatre shows with scripts about enteric disease, antibiotic resistance and dengue transmission – these have toured over 120 schools and been watched by over 100,000 children. The PE team runs a school engagement programme in local schools in HCMC and Hanoi, with science clubs, online science competitions and a weekly magazine page about science.

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Pham Thi Huong Giang

Public Engagement Coordinator

Pham Thi Huong Giang is public engagement coordinator of the Reshape project. Giang holds master degree in Cultures and Development Studies from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Her field of expertise includes participatory monitoring and evaluation, community engagement in public health, ecosystem approach to health, youth employment and participation. Giang used to collaborate with Vietnam Public Health Association, International Livestock Research Institute, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture and Save the Children International.


Vu Duy Kien

Public Engagement Coordinator

Communication Team 


Katrina Lawson 

Communication and Grant Manager

Katrina is the Communications Manager at OUCRU. She is based in HCMC, Vietnam, and supports internal and external communications and policy engagement for the unit, which has campuses in HCMC and Hanoi in Vietnam, Kathmandu in Nepal and Jakarta in Indonesia. The goal of the OUCRU comms team is to support high quality science communication, with our broad range of audiences which includes the scientific community, policy makers, students and young people, as well as the general public. In our communications, we aim to always be inclusive, accessible, and interesting!


Vu Bao Hung

Communication Officer 

Vu Bao Hung is a Communication Officer for the RESHAPE project where he will conduct and monitor media activities that engage with varied stakeholders. The platforms include: 

- Website 

- Social Media 

- Traditional Press

Coordinator Team 


Nguyen Thi Van Thuy

Project Coordinator

Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Thuy is current a project coordinator for the Dengue – CHIM (Controlled Human Infection Model) project at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been working here from 2007 until now.

Main activities:  Coordination of a series of hospital and community-based studies focused around dengue.  Including in particular:

  • A birth cohort following almost 6000 newborns to 2 years of age, aiming to identify immunological, genetic, and viral risk factors for dengue

  • Epidemiology studies of dengue virus transmission in urban environments, including research on the effects of human mobility

  • Human to mosquito transmission studies

  • Clinical monitoring activities for a major observational study taking place across the region

  • Database management and analysis of complex datasets

  • Proactively consider potential issues and act to avoid, or reduce the impact of problems in regards to study progress.

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