Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam (OUCRU) is based at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, the referral hospital for infectious diseases throughout southern Viet Nam, under the direction of the Health Service of Ho Chi Minh City and the Ministry of Health. The OUCRU also has a base in Hanoi at the National Institute of Infectious & Tropical Diseases. The OUCRU is a Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme.
The OUCRU clinical and scientific research programme focuses on the most significant infectious diseases in Viet Nam. Many of these are also among the greatest threats to global health in the 21st century.
The work of the unit covers clinical research and aspects of immunology, host genetics, molecular biology, virology and epidemiology. It concentrates on the following core areas:
- Central nervous system infections