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QMUL delegation deliver translational skin biology workshop in Vietnam


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A team of academics from the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research at QMUL recently visited Vietnam to take part in a workshop on Translational Skin Biology, with the aim of promoting collaborative basic and clinical research for novel therapies in Vietnamese patients. The event took place between Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 January at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City (UMP HCMC).

The workshop was organised in partnership with UMP HCMC by Professor Mike Philpott, Professor of Cutaneous Biology in the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research at QMUL, and was funded by the British Council’s Newton Fund. The workshop focused on discussing on-going research, challenges and opportunities in herbal medicine, and also developing ideas for future collaborations – not only between scientists in Vietnam and the United Kingdom, but also with policy makers and industrial partners. 

Traditional herbal medicine involves the skill and practice of using herbal materials in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and improvement of illnesses. In Vietnam, herbal medicine has a long historical use. As herbal medicine is locally available and inexpensive, it is  preferred to conventional medicine in poorer communities. Despite its popularity and extensive use, there is a lack of research data that supports the safety and efficacy of herbal medicine due to inadequate research evidence and very basic healthcare policies.

The team from QMUL were joined by researchers at UMP HCMC and delivered talks on how to better understand skin diseases, technical approaches and novel natural products in skin disease research, and industry partnerships in the development of natural pharmaceutical products.

Speakers from QMUL included:

• Professor Mike Philpott
• Professor Edel O’Toole
• Professor David Kelsell
• Dr Cleo Bishop
• Dr John Connelly
• Dr Mat Caley
• Dr Rosalind Hannen
• Dr Diana Blaydon




 The team were also treated to a tour of a traditional herbal medicine garden in Ben Tre province.