Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
Antibiotic Resistance Internships
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 8-12 weeks
Number of Positions: 2
About: The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) aims to have a positive and significant impact on global health and, in particular, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. OUCRU's key areas of research are: Dengue fever; malaria; tuberculosis; influenza; enterics; HIV and HIV coinfection; central nervous system infections; animal health and zoonoses; pharmacology; and statistics, bioinformatics, modeling, and mapping.
Intern Responsibilities: The OUCRU Hanoi research group is evaluating a range of interventions in different settings to tackle inappropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. This work includes antibiotic stewardship in hospitals and primary healthcare, point-of-care diagnostics to guide better prescribing, health messaging for the public, and community engagement using a one health approach to generate collective solutions. All of these approaches will be evaluated through both qualitative and quantitative research. Epidemiological and modelling work on vaccine-preventable diseases will also be conducted, as well as investigating the role of vaccination as a potential tool in the fight against antibiotic resistance. More recently, the OUCRU Hanoi research group has been exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the incidence of infectious diseases, healthcare utilization, and antibiotic use.
There are many possibilities for what interns could be involved with, depending on their skills and interests. These may include:
- Background research, scoping
- Compiling reference libraries
- Systematic literature review
- Statistical analysis (R or Stata)
- Analysis of laboratory data
- Mathematical modelling
- Qualitative data analysis
- Drafting research papers
If summer travel is possible, research activities will primarily be based at the OUCRU offices in Hanoi. These are split across two sites, one at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and one at the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology. There could also be extensive fieldwork in Nam Dinh Province, to the South East of Hanoi, and there may be opportunities for students to visit the sites.
Interest in public health. Depending on the project, candidates may benefit from experience in mathematical modeling, basic statistical principles, the R programming language (or ability to learn it), Linux command line tools, literature review, visual media methods (photography/film), and geographical information systems. Language skills are not required.
View Internship Summary Posters from Past OUCRU Princeton Student Interns:
Sofiya Yusina ’22 – Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in Nepal, Indonesia, and Vietnam (Video Presentation)
Olivia Chen ’22 – Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities in Nepal, Indonesia, and Vietnam
Taishi Nakase '21- Temporospatial model of measles epidemics in Vietnam
Megan Tang '22 - Factors of Antibiotic Resistance in Vietnam: Prescribing in Primary Healthcare
Jaeyoon Cha '21 - Analysis of 546 M. tuberculosis Genomes from the Indian Subcontinent
Mary DeVellis '21 - Antimicrobial Resistance in Vietnam: A Qualitative Approach
Arielle Lawson '20 & Nikita Nangia '20 - Vaccine Non-specific Effects: A Solution to the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
Sarah Perkins '21 - Incidence Estimation for Uncertain Events
Dylan Kim '21 - Child Vaccination Indicators in Developing Countries
Katherine Park '19 - Health Policies Regarding Antimicrobial Resistance in Developing and Developed Countries
Tiffany Pham '20 - Mapping of Resistance Data for Non-Malarial Febrile Illness in South East Asia
Tianyi Wang '19 - Care-Seeking and Antibiotic Use Over Time in Children Under 5 in Vietnam
Crystal Wang '18 - Post-Viral Burden of Dengue in Vietnam