Duong Thi Bich Thuan

International Scholar

  •  Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences
  •  Vietnam
  •   Cancer epidemiology | Global Cardiovascular Disease | Herbal Medicine | Oxidative Stress

Languages: Vietnamese (native),  English (Advanced)

Bio statement

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biochemistry, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Hanoi Vietnam

Recent global health projects

1." Herbal medicine for slowing aging and aging-associated conditions: efficacy, mechanisms and safety"
Aging and aging-associated diseases are issues with unsatisfactory answers in the medical field. Aging causes important physical changes which, even in the absence of the usual risk factors, render the cardiovascular system prone to some diseases. Although aging cannot be prevented, slowing down the rate of aging is entirely possible to achieve. In some traditional medicine, medicinal herbs such as Ginseng, Radix Astragali, Ganoderma lucidum, Ginkgo biloba, and Gynostemma pentaphyllum are recognized by the “nourishing of life” and their role as anti-aging phytotherapeutics is increasingly gaining attention. By mainly employing PubMed here we identify and critically analysed 30 years of published studies focusing on the above herbs' active components against aging and aging-associated conditions. Although many plant-based compounds appear to exert an anti-aging effect, the most effective resulted …

"Herbal medicine for cardiovascular diseases: efficacy, mechanisms, and safety"
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a significant health burden with an ever-increasing prevalence. They remain the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The use of medicinal herbs continues to be an alternative treatment approach for several diseases including CVDs. Currently, there is an unprecedented drive for the use of herbal preparations in modern medicinal systems. This drive is powered by several aspects, prime among which are their cost-effective therapeutic promise compared to standard modern therapies and the general belief that they are safe. Nonetheless, the claimed safety of herbal preparations yet remains to be properly tested. Consequently, public awareness should be raised regarding medicinal herbs safety, toxicity, potentially life-threatening adverse effects, and possible herb-drug interactions. Over the years, laboratory data have shown that medicinal herbs may have therapeutic value in CVDs as they can interfere with several CVD risk factors. Accordingly, there have been many attempts to move studies on medicinal herbs from the bench to the bedside, in order to effectively employ herbs in CVD treatments. In this review, we introduce CVDs and their risk factors. Then we overview the use of herbs for disease treatment in general and CVDs in particular. Further, data on the ethnopharmacological therapeutic potentials and medicinal properties against CVDs of four widely used plants, namely Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, Ganoderma lucidum, and Gynostemma pentaphyllum, are gathered and reviewed. In particular, the employment of these four plants in the context of CVDs, such as myocardial infarction

Selected publications

Ahmed NH, Mukherjee V, Rouf A, Hanif A: Implications of a Needs-Assessment in a Public Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. American Thoracic Society May 2017 Notes: Poster presentation.

Ahmed N, Mukherjee V, Rouf A, Hanif A : Using A Community Needs Assessment in Resource-Limited Settings as A Guide to Quality Improvement Society of Critical Care Medicine 2017 Notes: Poster presentation.