Workshop "Knowledge transfer to enhance the capacity to treat and prevent hepatitis B"

(VLU, 02/01/2022) - On December 29th and 30th, 2021, The Faculty of Medicine of Van Lang University cooperated with the co-organizers of the workshop "Knowledge transfer to enhance the capacity to treat and prevent hepatitis B (HBV)". This is an academic activity in a series of community projects implemented in Gia Lai province funded by the German Government through the Vietnam-Germany Bridge Association, in collaboration with domestic and foreign units in 2022.

The workshop gathered experts from Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Hospital, Pasteur Institute Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, and experts of the Federal Republic of Germany, with many useful reports, bringing high professional value:

  • Dr. Tran Nhat Phuong – Head of The Department of Medical Medicine of Van Lang University with the report "Overview of Hepatitis B";
  • Dr. Pham Hung Van – Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Society of Clinical Microbiology - President of Vietnam Society of Medical Molecular Biology with the report "Molecular biology solutions in diagnosing hepatitis B";
  • Dr. Tran Tan Thanh – Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Hospital with the report "Hepatitis B and strains in the southern region";
  • MD. Ph.D. U.G. Liebert - Director, President of the Institute of Virology, University of Leipzig (Federal Republic of Germany) with the report "Hepatitis B Virus: Molecular Diversity, Therapy, Vaccination Experience in Germany and Europe".

vlu hoi thao viem ganb bThe workshop is an opportunity for students in the health sector of Van Lang University to meet and listen to much useful knowledge sharing from leading experts in the field of medicine.

Today, hepatitis B is one of the major health hazards that people face. In recent years, the rate of hepatitis B virus infection in Vietnam is gradually increasing (about 12-16% of the population is infected with hepatitis B virus). It is estimated that by 2025, Vietnam will have about 60,000 patients with cirrhosis of the liver; 25,000 liver cancer patients; 40,000 deaths. To limit the possibility of infection, Dr. Tran Nhat Phuong said that people need to get the hepatitis B vaccine in full and in the right dose, avoid exposing open wounds to the blood or body fluids of patients, not using the same tools such as needles, toothbrushes, razors, earrings ... with others.

vlu hoi thao viem ganb aDr. Tran Nhat Phuong said that people need to get the hepatitis B vaccine

With the report "Molecular biological solutions in the diagnosis of Hepatitis B", Dr. Pham Hung Van - Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Society of Clinical Microbiology, president of the Vietnam Society of Molecular Biology and Medicine, said that the reason for the high number of liver cancer patients is genetics from previous generations, or people have not been vaccinated against HBV. In addition, some people abuse unhealthy products such as beer, alcohol, tobacco,... It leads to liver cancer. According to Dr. Pham Hung Van, in the coming years, liver cancer patients may decrease because people are more aware of the dangers of liver cancer and people realize the problem of vaccination necessary.

vlu hoi thao viem ganb dDr. Pham Hung Van - Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Society of Clinical Microbiology, president of the Vietnam Society of Molecular Biology and Medicine, said that the reason for the high number of liver cancer patients is genetics from previous generations, or people have not been vaccinated against HBV

At the conference, Dr. Tran Tan Thanh – Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Hospital said: There are currently two gene types B and C circulating in South Vietnam; Most B strains are B/C recombination strains, with less than 1% of strains having drug-resistant mutations, ... The limitation in today's research is that it can only be done on a group that has never had antiviral treatment before; The number of samples is still low, so it is not possible to accurately reflect the rate of strains B and C nor obtain clinical information, thereby failing to assess the association of strains B and C with the pathological condition and HCC risk.

vlu hoi thao viem ganb kDr. Tran Tan Thanh – Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Hospital has shown some limitations in the current research process.

vlu hoi thao viem ganb eConnect with MD. Ph.D. U.G. Liebert - Director, President of The Institute of Virology, the University of Leipzig (Federal Republic of Germany)

The workshop continued on the afternoon of December 30, 2021, with three reports presenting on infection prevention, diagnosis of hepatitis B virus treatment, hep cell tissue cancer, and hepatitis B prevention for children in Germany. The rich practical experience, the valuable sharing of the speakers has partly expanded the vision for the guests, students to understand more about medical knowledge.

News: Mai Linh
Photo: Thinh Tran

 


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