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VietNamNet Bridge - Hoan Ngoc (Pseuderanthemum) is on a list of 47 medicinal plants subject to priority development announced by the Ministry of Health. Since then, scientists began paying more attention to a newly discovered medicinal substance which bears the name of a Vietnamese woman. Tay Ninh province in Vietnam is the area where land and weather conditions are most suited for the plant to develop and give the best medicinal quality. Hoan Ngoc is now being developed by two companies Tra Tam Lan and Hoan Ngoc Bay Nga Tay Ninh. Ten years ago, scientists from Fuchu agriculture international research institute joined forces with Can Tho University to announce the result of the research on Hoan Ngoc plant. Hoan Ngoc could help treat 25 diseases including steatosis, fibrosis, hypertension, diabetes, and infections. They said the plant could help treat 25 diseases including steatosis, fibrosis, hypertension, diabetes, and infections. In fighting disease, most remedies are based on western medicine, but the majority of people have little awareness of disease prevention from herbs. This is why tea bag products refined from the Hoan Ngoc plant are sold at VND50,000-80,000/box only and the market remains small. Vo Thi Lan, director of Tra Tam Lan Company, said the production of tea bags from Hoan Ngoc plant can bring very modest profit, while the major revenue of the company is from import medicine. However, Lan still decides to develop and distribute Hoan Ngoc-based products so as to popularize the wonderful effects of the plant and…... [read more]

Vietnam has earned another four awards in the latest round of PEER, a U.S. Government program to fund scientific research in developing countries, bringing the total number of grants awarded to Vietnamese scientists to 12. Vietnam has earned another four awards in the latest round of PEER, a U.S. Government program to fund scientific research in developing countries, bringing the total number of grants awarded to Vietnamese scientists to 12. PEER, or Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with U.S. Government-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential for developmental impact. The program is administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and supported by USAID in conjunction with several U.S. Government science bodies. Last week, during the fifth round of PEER program funding, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced more than US$10 million for 49 new research partnerships that address critical areas of development worldwide. The individual projects will address gaps in scientific knowledge ranging from disaster preparedness and maternal and child health, to food security. Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported more than 200 researchers in more than 45 countries, with a total investment of over $50 million. “Local scholars’ proactive response to the PEER program’s call for proposals has been extremely successful,” said USAID Vietnam Mission Director Mike Greene. “The research partnerships nurtured through this program are crucial to building capacity…... [read more]

The winning research programmes include integrating remote sensing, field data, and social surveys for biodiversity conservation in the Central Highlands of Vietnam; GIS and remote sensing application for assessment of land degradation in the Lower Mekong River Basin; study on coral reef resilience in comparative areas in South Vietnam for marine biodiversity conservation in a changing world; and an assessment of smoking and access to care as risk factors for gender-differences in TB rates: a sub-study of the Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program and TB prevalence survey 2016-2018. “Local scholars’ proactive response to the PEER programme’s call for proposals has been extremely successful,” said Mike Greene, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Vietnam Mission Director. “The research partnerships nurtured through this program are crucial to building capacity among local scientists and research institutions, strengthening linkages with international research institutions, and finding solutions to global development challenges.” The PEER programme is supported by USAID in conjunction with several science agencies of the US Government. Administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with US Government-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative programme is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in scientific research and training while supporting the initiatives of developing country scientists. Earlier, Vietnamese scientists won eight PEER awards.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam earned another four awards in the latest round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), a U.S. Government (USG) program to fund scientific research in developing countries, bringing the total number of PEER awards won by Vietnamese scientists to 12. Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced more than $10 million for 49 new research partnerships worldwide under the fifth round of the PEER program to address critical areas of development. The individual projects will address gaps in scientific knowledge ranging from disaster preparedness to maternal and child health to food security. Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported more than 200 researchers in more than 45 countries, with a total investment of over $50 million. “Local scholars’ proactive response to the PEER program’s call for proposals has been extremely successful,” said USAID Vietnam Mission Director Mike Greene. “The research partnerships nurtured through this program are crucial to building capacity among local scientists and research institutions, strengthening linkages with international research institutions, and finding solutions to global development challenges.” The PEER program is supported by USAID in conjunction with several USG science agencies. Administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in…... [read more]

(CPV) - The total number of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) awards won by Vietnamese scientists has reached 12 in its latest round. Last week, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced more than USD10 million for 49 new research partnerships worldwide under the fifth round of the PEER program to address critical areas of development. PEER is a US Government (USG) program to fund scientific research in developing countries. The individual projects will address gaps in scientific knowledge ranging from disaster preparedness to maternal and child health to food security. Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported more than 200 researchers in more than 45 countries, with a total investment of over USD50 million. “Local scholars’ proactive response to the PEER program’s call for proposals has been extremely successful. The research partnerships nurtured through this program are crucial to building capacity among local scientists and research institutions, strengthening linkages with international research institutions, and finding solutions to global development challenges”, said USAID Vietnam Mission Director Mike Greene. The PEER program is supported by USAID in conjunction with several USG science agencies. Administered by the US National Academy of Sciences, PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in scientific research and training while supporting the…... [read more]

PANO - Vietnam earned another four awards in the latest round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), a US Government (USG) program to fund scientific research in developing countries, bringing the total number of PEER awards won by Vietnamese scientists to 12. Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced more than USD 10 million for 49 new research partnerships worldwide under the fifth round of the PEER program to address critical areas of development. The individual projects will address gaps in scientific knowledge ranging from disaster preparedness to maternal and child health to food security. Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported more than 200 researchers in more than 45 countries, with a total investment of over USD 50 million. “Local scholars’ proactive response to the PEER program’s call for proposals has been extremely successful,” said USAID Vietnam Mission Director Mike Greene. “The research partnerships nurtured through this program are crucial to building capacity among local scientists and research institutions, strengthening linkages with international research institutions, and finding solutions to global development challenges.” The PEER program is supported by USAID in conjunction with several USG science agencies. Administered by the US National Academy of Sciences, PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made…... [read more]

(VOVworld)- Foreign and Vietnamese scientists agreed that Vietnam needs more international research institutes where young scientists can do research and show their creativity. The scientists shared the view on the sidelines of the international workshop “Fundamental science and society” held within the framework of the 12th Meet Vietnam in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province. Participants at the workshop (photo: vista.gov.vn) Attending the international workshop “Fundamental science and society” for the first time, Doctor Phan Viet Cuong, who is studying laser applications in Romania, says that in developed countries young Vietnamese scientists have better opportunities to work with foreign partners and their achievements there are widely acknowledged. Professor Kurt Wuthrich of Zurich’s ETH University, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2002, said young Vietnamese need to decide which field they want to devote their life to and the Vietnamese government needs to expand post-graduate education in fields that are relevant to Vietnam. He advised Vietnamese students to focus on physics, chemistry, and biology. President of the Meet Vietnam Association Professor Tran Thanh Van said many successful young Vietnamese scientists have returned home but that Vietnamese research institutes don’t really inspire their creativity: “The government needs to pay more attention to this aspect. There are some places where international-level research institutes can be established. Our overseas scientists are familiar with an international work environment. They are ready to work in Vietnam if such an environment can be created”. Binh Dinh province has introduced a number of incentives to encourage…... [read more]

Heat wave continues in northern, central regions The temperature between 11am and 6pm today will stay above 35 degrees Celsius. The day temperature in Hà Nội can reach a high of 36 to 37 degrees Celsius or even higher in some areas. The centre said the heat wave would continue in the central region for the next two to three days, while the temperatures in the north would fall from tomorrow. Vietnam participates in ASEF Editors' Roundtable in Mongolia Editors from Asian and European media outlets discussed the roles and responsibility of journalists when reporting during the 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, held recently in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, themed "Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity", was organised in conjunction with the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) on July 7-9. About 20 senior commentators from esteemed media houses including Wenhui Daily (China), Frontline Magazine (India), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Independent (Ireland), the Mongolian National Public Radio & Television, The Straits Times (Singapore), BBC (United Kingdom) and Vietnam Plus (Vietnam News Agency) participated in the event. "We explored possibilities for linkages between Asian and European media to expand beyond geographical boundaries reaching out to more readers in both continents", highlighted Ambassador Zhang Yang, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Dr Mike McCLUSKEY, International Media and Broadcast Consultant and moderator of the 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, presented the preliminary results from the "Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity Survey". This survey reveals that the Asian community has a higher perceived rate of continuous usage…... [read more]

Viet Nam News BÌNH ĐỊNH - Leading scientists, including Nobel laureates and key figures in international research institutes, are gathered in central Quy Nhơn City for a two-day workshop to discuss the role of fundamental science and how to boost its development in emerging economies. Participants at the workshop, entitled "Fundamental Science and Society", include Dr. Kurt Wuthrich, the 2002 Nobel Chemistry laureate; Prof. David Gross, the 2004 Nobel Physics laureate; Dr. Jean Jouzel, deputy president of GIEC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change); and Prof. Pierre Léna from the French Academy of Sciences. It was organised by Rencontres du Vietnam (Meetings of Việt Nam) and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam speaks at the workshop on July 7. - VNS Phước Bửu Speaking at the workshop's opening ceremony yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam highlighted the significance of fundamental science to the development of Việt Nam, in particular, and of the world in general. "The Vietnamese Government gives strong support to the research and development of basic science," said Đam, adding that budget allocation for science research has increased 10 times since last year. The deputy PM also affirmed the governmental consensus on developing a space research complex in the city. Đam also spoke highly of activities arranged by Meetings of Vietnam, which helped the country access advanced sciences and technologies in the world, significantly contributing to the nation's socio-economic development. According to Rencontres du Vietnam's chairman, Prof. Vân, the workshop's key objects…... [read more]

Six Nobel laureates have gathered in south-central Vietnam for a two-day international fundamental science workshop that opened Thursday morning, part of the famous months-long ‘Rencontres du Vietnam’ meeting. Six Nobel laureates have gathered in south-central Vietnam for a two-day international fundamental science workshop that opened Thursday morning, part of the famous months-long ‘Rencontres du Vietnam’ meeting. Running from June 26 through December 17 in Quy Nhon, the capital of the south-central province of Binh Dinh, this year’s meeting features 13 separate seminars and workshops alongside three physics classes, including the ‘Fundamental Science and Society’ workshop – the highlight of the event set for Thursday and Friday. ‘Rencontres du Vietnam’ (Meet Vietnam) is a major science and education program aimed at helping Vietnamese and Asian-Pacific scientists establish contacts and exchanges with Western colleagues, consisting of many Nobel laureates. This year marks the 12th edition of the event held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of ‘Rencontres de Moriond’ initiated in 1966 by Vietnamese Professor Tran Thanh Van. Six Nobel laureates and Vietnamese mathematician Ngo Bao Chau gathered on Thursday, alongside 300 Vietnamese and international delegates from across different fields at the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in Quy Nhon, to attend the workshop. The Nobel winning participants include David Gross (Physics, 2004), Carlo Rubbia (Physics, 1984), Jerome Fiedman (Physics, 1990), Kurt Wuthrich (Chemistry, 2002), Finn Kydland (Economics, 2004), and Jean Jouzel (Peace, 2007). Professor Ngo Bao Chau won the 2010 Fields Medal, widely considered as the most prestigious prize…... [read more]




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