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2018 GHBN Post Doctoral Fellow with OUCRU, Viet Nam

Biosketch:

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.

Prior to joining OUCRU, Jennifer worked with multiple non-governmental organizations (both national and international) in Rwanda. Past work includes ethnographic research with members of HIV support associations in Rwanda, acceptability research within clinical trials regarding women’s health interventions in Kigali, Rwanda, and qualitative research regarding care and treatment seeking pathways for people with hepatitis C in Rwanda.

Current work:

Current research includes exploring the socio-cultural context of access to medications for viral hepatitis through post-marketing clinical trials in southern Vietnam, community attitudes and practices regarding antibiotics in northern Vietnam, and research on the ethical challenges in conducting clinical trials and studies in low and middle income countries.

Main projects include:

Liver disease related projects
-Experiences of care seeking and treatment in the context of a hepatitis C treatment trial in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (anticipated end date: December 2020, funded by OUCRU Strategic Committee)
-Community based participatory research (CBPR) to improve engagement with underserved populations at risk for hepatitis C in Vietnam (anticipated end date: March 2023, funded by a Wellcome Research Enrichment Award: Public Engagement)
-Building a social science network agenda to explore the local contexts of viral hepatitis (anticipated end date: February 2021, funded by a Wellcome Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science)

For more information and a list of Jennifer's publications, please visit: https://www.tropicalmedicine.ox.ac.uk/team/jennifer-van-nuil-1

Best career advice you've received:

A dear colleague once told me: “It is okay to not move up [in job seniority] too rapidly, enjoy what you are doing now and gather new opportunities to learn. There will always be the chance to move up later.”

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