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OUCRU research article titled ‘Combination of inflammatory and vascular markers in the febrile phase of dengue is associated with more severe outcomes’ was recently awarded the 2021-2022 Alexandre Yersin Prize for Outstanding Publications.

Group photo of OUCRU Biostatistics Group
Dr Nguyen Lam Vuong (top row, second from the left) and Biostatistics Group at OUCRU

This observational study was designed to identify severe dengue patients by using a series of inflammatory markers. The authors generated an immunological signature that included ten markers for predicting the risk of severe dengue patients. The finding was significant to the development of biomarker panels for clinical use and could improve triage and risk prediction in dengue patients. The peer-reviewed article was published on eLife in June 2021.

First author Dr Nguyen Lam Vuong, a current PhD student at OUCRU and Open University (UK), shared:

“This paper is a part of my PhD project, on which I’ve worked very hard. I am so proud that the international medical research community has recognised my efforts. This honour encourages me to continue my research career in medicine, and I hope to use this opportunity to build collaborations with other researchers and professors in the field.”

The Alexandre Yersin Prize for Outstanding Publications was created by the Swiss-Vietnamese Medical Association (HELVIETMED) to recognize Vietnamese scientists who have made important contributions to the medical literature, and through peer-reviewed publications, they help build Vietnam’s reputation in international medical research community. The Prize also aims to foster national and international collaborations for medical education and better health care.

Read the publication 'Combination of inflammatory and vascular markers in the febrile phase of dengue is associated with more severe outcomes'