Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, M.D., Ph.D. is a Founder and Vice President of Dinh Tien Hoang Institute of Medicine and Leader of the Bone and Endocrine Research Group; and the Deputy Head of the Department of Physiology at Hanoi Medical University. She is also the Deputy Secretary of the Vietnamese Physiological Society and a key member of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Osteoporosis Society. She is currently appointed as the Ambassador of the Alumni Network of the Karolinska Institutet in Vietnam and the Vice President of the Swedish Alumni Association in Vietnam.
The first studies of Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong focused on disease models of postmenopausal women in Vietnam, including the interaction between environmental factors (social, cultural, and behavioral factors) and biological factors of sexual health and bone health among postmenopausal women and elderly men in Vietnam. One of the crucial value that she has obtained is to build up data for the Vietnamese people, including the establishment of bone density values measured using X-ray absorption, sex hormone values and other hormones that play an important role in clinical practice in Vietnam.
Besides, her research works aid in the determination of the risk and protective factors (regarding lifestyle, hormones, and genetics) to understand why osteoporosis prevalence of both Vietnamese women and men is as high as in Caucasian populations and higher than that in other Asian countries. Her research findings have been published in prestigious national and international journals.
Currently, her research work focuses on etiology at a molecular level, and personalized medicine in osteoporosis, sarcopenia, fracture, as well as therapy for these diseases and other non-communicable such as stroke (including cell therapy). Her research aims to understand the causes of these diseases at a molecular level and search for novel intervention therapies with the potential to combine modern medicine and Vietnamese traditional medicine.