Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Featured Project: Improving the informed consent process by creating the guidelines/format for its content applicable to NON-clinical trials in Vietnam

Ms Thuy Nguyen Thi Thanh is a 2013 Global Health Bioethics Network Bursary Fellow


Ms Thuy Nguyen Thi Thanh has worked to improve the conduct and quality control of clinical research studies for 10 years. Thuy started to work for an HIV project on infants and children based at Children hospital No.1, HCMC-Viet Nam (UCSF, USA) as a Research Assistant and Program coordinator in 2004. After completing the 4 year project, she moved to the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit – Viet Nam as a Research Coordinator. She held this position for more than 4 years and was promoted to a senior level position as a Research Monitor in Aug 2012. In this role, she has worked to balance governance and supervision with a supportive approach to staff development and quality assurance.

Academic advancement has always been a priority for Thuy. Over the past 3 years, Thuy has been working towards a Masters in Clinical Trials through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Additionally she has a strong interest in exploring the research ethics field. With the support of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford, Thuy is leading a study of public and expert perceptions of informed consent requirements in Vietnam’s culture, as seen by her featured project below.


Project title: Improving the informed consent process by creating the guidelines/format for its content applicable to NON-Clinical Trials in Vietnam

Comprehensive guidelines on developing and reviewing informed consent forms for non-clinical trials have not been developed for local ethics committees and researchers in Vietnam.

In this qualitative study project, we intend to use an in-depth interview with guided-questionnaire and a consensus meeting to collect data and present preliminary results. The project will be a collaborative effort between OUCRU-VN and many other hospitals across the country such as the Hospital for Tropical Disease, Children’s hospital No.1, Children’s hospital No.2 and the National Hospital for Tropical Disease to gain a good knowledge on what are essential details and understandable information for informed consent forms from stake holders.

Additionally, the project is also an attempt to build linkages between experts/researchers who are interested in the research ethics field and committed to working towards the evolution of society and humanity to protect the safety and rights of human subjects in clinical research. The engagement of this project will hopefully contribute to the broader learning goals of the global bioethics community among the other Wellcome Major Overseas Programmes, as well as benefit the wider research community.

Comment by Michael Parker on May 3, 2013 at 10:42

This is a great project Thuy. I am looking forward to seeing how it develops and what you find!

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