International Research Projects - South East Asia

Cambodia
Indonesia
Singapore
Thailand
Timor Leste
Viet Nam


CAMBODIA

Prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Children in Rural Cambodia. An Echocardiography-based Pilot Study
Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School


Project: This collaborative program comprises a pilot echocardiographic (echo) study of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in children from rural Cambodia. Previous research has detected a 10-fold increase in the prevalence of RHD in urban areas by echo. Rural incidence is likely to be higher and may be the highest prevalence yet detected world-wide. This pilot will inform preventive and management strategies.

Partners: National Institute of Public Health, Phnom Penh; Angkor Hospital for Children; Centre de Cardiologies de Phnom Penh; Imperial College, Umea University; University of East Anglia; Baylor College of Medicine; Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

University of Sydney staff: Dr Louise Shewan, Professor Chris Semsarian


Cambodia and Viet Nam

Establishing a partnership for capacity building in epidemiological and clinical research for lung health with Vietnam and Cambodia

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Developing countries need local solutions to local health problems. They also need local leaders to solve those problems. Tuberculosis and chronic lung disease are major health problems in Asia. The project objectives are to develop a University of Sydney partnership with lung health researchers in Vietnam and Cambodia, to build research capacity in future leaders in the lung health workforce in the region, to develop a scientific, evidence-based culture among future leaders in health and to identify suitable candidates for further post-graduate study at the University of Sydney.

Partners:
Hanoi Medical University
National Hospital for TB & Respiratory Diseases, Vietnam
Oregon Health Sciences University
UMC, University of Medicine and Pharmacy

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Gregory Fox
Professor Guy Marks

Date: From Jan 2012


Developing a South East Asia infectious disease research network

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: To initiate, via a research roundtable and a showcase symposium, a SEA infectious disease research network that will forge or strengthen linkages with high class infectious disease institutes in the region. This network will facilitate the exchange of expertise between these key institutes and the University of Sydney and aid the development of research strategies for dealing with emerging infectious diseases in the region.

Partners: National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE); Pasteur Institute, Ho Chi Minh City; Institut Pasteur du Camboge, Phnom Penh

University of Sydney staff: Professor Peter McMinn, Professor Nicholas King, Professor Tania Sorrell, Dr Monica Lahra, Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake


INDONESIA

Developing functional research partnerships in infectious diseases with the Eijkman Institute and Hasanuddin University

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: This project application is to support a meeting in Jakarta and a Research Forum to be held at Hasanuddin University, followed by a visit to local teaching hospitals in Makassar, Indonesia. Key outcomes of the proposed tripartite initiative between USyd, the Eijkman Institute and Hasanuddin University

Partners:
Hasanuddin University
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology

University of Sydney staff:
Associate Professor Ben Marais
Dr Mark Douglas
Professor Jacob George
Professor Tania Sorrell

Date: from Jan 2012


Developing multidisplinary collaborations for research, education and student exchange in human and animal health and biosecurity with Airlangga University, Indonesia

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: A multidisciplinary Research Forum and Showcase to extend partnerships with Universities of Airlangga, Indonesia and Gadjah Mada and the Eijkman Institute; to fulfill resolutions of the USyd delegation Roundtable held in Indonesia April 2010 (led by DVC (International). Key outcomes: USyd-UAir/UI /UGM/EI study groups in Viral, Bacterial, Parasitological, Fungal diseases (incl. socio/behavioural study) for educational exchange and collaborative, multidisciplinary research in public and animal health.

On April 7–8th, 2011 a Research Forum and Showcase on (Emerging) Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity was hosted by the Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity Institute, University of Sydney and the Institute of Tropical Diseases, Universitas Airlangga

Key objectives of the research forum and showcase:

  1. To enhance cooperation in research/training between Indonesian Institutions & the University of Sydney.
  2. To maintain mutually beneficial communications through research forums & case management discussions on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Indonesia & Sydney.
  3. To obtain grant-funded support for these activities from internal and external agencies.


Partners: University Airlangga; University of Indonesia; University of Gadjah Mada; Eijkman Institute; Ministry of Health Indonesia

University of Sydney staff: Dr Monica Lahra, Professor Tania Sorrell, Professor Peter McMinn, Professor Michael Ward, Professor Lyn Gilbert, A/Prof Alison Kesson


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A Biosafety and Biosecurity symposium with the University of Indonesia

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and the Sydney Medical School

Project: The University of Sydney has been invited to participate in a workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity by the University of Indonesia. Indonesian Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Research and Technology will be participating and attending providing the opportunity to develop high-impact relationships in Indonesia and to position the University of Sydney as a quality partner in developing innovative responses to biothreats.

Partners:
University of Indonesia

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Tania Sorrell
Ms Louise Freckelton


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An evaluation of the communication strategies used between health practitioners and teams in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will establish a collaboration with Universitas Indonesia. A sharing of expertise and information around the interactional and intercommunicative skills used between clinicians and their teams to provide quality care for patients will lead to sustainable medical education training programs in communication, cultural competencies of health practitioners, exchanges of expertise and students between the universities.

Partners: Universitas Indonesia

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Cynthia Hunter - School of Public Health
Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


SINGAPORE

Genetic Basis of Ethionamide Resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: The project will develop a productive and sustainable relationship between the University of Sydney and the National University of Singapore thru jointly investigating the mechanisms of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). Mtb causes more human death than any other bacteria. Understanding mechanisms of drug resistance is urgently needed. Dr Alonso and Dr West will partner to identify drug resistant mutants of Mtb, obtaining vital information as to the resistant genotypes.

Partner: National University of Singapore (NUS)

University of Sydney staff: Dr Nicholas West, Dr Jamie Triccas


Chronobiology Centres network (CCN) PILOT PROJECT

This project may be found under USA.


THAILAND

Australia-Thai Symposium - Infectious diseases and immunology: translating research into practice

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: A joint research symposium will leverage existing individual researcher relations to establish Faculty-wide engagement with Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. The symposium will provide a base for the development of innovative and sustainable research and educational partnerships in infectious diseases and immunology.

Partner: Mahidol University, Siriraj Hospital

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Georges Grau
Associate Professor Alyson Kakakios
Professor Dianne Campbell
Ms Louise Freckelton

Date: from Jan 2012


TMOR LESTE

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Working with the Timorese Health system to develop a systematic, practical and team-orientated critical care education program for health professionals

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Using IPDF, Sydney Medical School and AusAID PSLP funding, a successful adult patient critical care education program was developed and implemented in 2009 with the National Hospital and Ministry of Health in Timor Leste. We propose to strengthen existing strategic collaborative relationships as well as establish new linkages with district referral hospitals and community health centres by expanding the program to include up-skilling of staff in the districts as well as developing and implementing a paediatric critical care skills component to complement the adult critical care component of the program.

Partners: Dili National Hospital of Guido Valadares

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake
Dr Lyndal Trevena
Dr Kirsty Forster
Dr Roger Harris
Dr Andrea Marshall


Building a health education collaboration with Dili National Hospital and the Ministry of Health, Timor Leste

Funded by: AusAID's Public Sector Linkage Program (PSLP), the University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will assist the team in building a health education collaboration with the partners in the area of critical care (emergency medicine and intensive care).

Partners:
Dili National Hospital (Timor Leste),
Ministry of Health (Timor Leste),
The Institute of Health Sciences (Timor Leste)

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake – Office for Global Health
Dr Kirsty Foster – Northern Clinical School
Dr R Harris – Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr Lyndal Trevena – Office for Global Health and School of Public Health


VIET NAM

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Developing capacity of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory in Dien Bien Provincial Hospital to optimise maternal and child health outcomes, support clinical teaching and enable research.

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: This multidisciplinary project, to develop sustainable laboratory capacity through equipment and education, advances our 2005-7 IDPF projects. Key outcomes include enabling safe laboratory diagnosis of infection, antibiotic susceptibility testing, optimal antibiotic use, infection control and improved public health in Dien Bien Province, Viet Nam. Collaborative research will provide novel epidemiological data on infection in the region. The project interrelates with existing and planned projects in Viet Nam.

Partners:
Dien Bien Provincial Hospital, Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, WHO, National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Disease, National Institute of Paediatrics, Hanoi, Hanoi Medical University, Hoc Mai Australia Viet Nam Foundation, Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, Childrens’ Hopsital Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Monica Lahra
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Professor Peter McMinn
Professor Heather Jeffery


Evaluating and enhancing the national mortality registration system in Viet Nam

Funded by: The project is funded through AusAID’s Australian Development Research Awards.

Project: This project will evaluate and enhance the national mortality registration system in Viet Nam.

Partners:
Hanoi Medical University
Ministry of Health Viet Nam

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Mark Stevenson - George Institute for International Health


Establishment of a Perinatal research collaboration between the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Viet Nam and Sydney Medical School

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: This program aims to establish a mutually beneficial, sustainable, maternal and neonatal health research collaboration with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) Vietnam. This will be achieved through bilateral exchange visits of key academics, a roundtable discussion to identify areas of collaboration and a research skills workshop in Vietnam to strengthen local research capacity.

Partner: University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP)

University of Sydney staff: Dr Jane Hirst, Professor Heather Jeffery, Professor Jonathan Morris


Methods in Epidemiological, Clinical and Operations Research; ATS MECOR Vietnam

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: We will conduct a one week intensive training course in epidemiological research methods for 25 selected applicants. The course will be designed to develop skills and enhance capacity in future leaders in the fields of respiratory health in Viet Nam. The initial course will be the first stage of a longer term program of capacity development.

Partner: National Lung Hospital, Hanoi

University of Sydney staff: Professor Guy Marks


Developing a non-communicable disease prevention collaboration in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; promoting healthy lifestyle through a workplace based program for health and non- health government workforce

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are emerging non-communicable diseases in VietNam. This proposal will support the development of a 3-year workplace based intervention in Ho Chi Minh City to reduce and prevent non-communicable disease risk factors through healthy eating and physical activity. Workplace is an important setting for prevention programs in developing countries because of the rapid shift from active occupations to sedentary jobs, resulting in declining physical activity, increasing sedentary and body weight – key risk factors for chronic diseases. The intervention will involve 52 government offices, and approximately 1560 employees.

Partner: University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP)

University of Sydney staff: Dr Philayrath Phongsavan, Professor Adrian Bauman, Associate Professor Michael Dibley


Viet Nam and Cambodia

These projects can be found under CAMBODIA.

Developing a South East Asia infectious disease research network

Establishing a partnership for capacity building in epidemiological and clinical research for lung health with Vietnam and Cambodia