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Ton Duc Thang University awards the title of Distinguished Professor to Professor Nguyen Van Tuan

Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) decided to have a Letter of Appointment of a Distinguished Professor for Professor Nguyen Van Tuan, an eminent scientist in the field of osteoporosis. TDTU's Distinguished Professors are awarded to professors with remarkable achievements in the field at the world level; and this first Ceremony of a distinguished professor's position for Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan is a recognition of his great contributions to osteoporosis research worldwide; as well as his passionate devotion to TDTU and Vietnam. The ceremony tookplace on the afternoon of December 28, 2018.

Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan currently holds several senior positions in the Australia’s science system. He is chaired Senior Principal Research Fellow (the highest position in the Australia’s science system) and heads the Garvan Institute's Laboratory of Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis. In addition, he has been appointed as Professor of the Department of Medicine, University of New South Wales; Professor of Predictive Medicine, University of Technology Sydney; and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia.

Professor Nguyen Van Tuan is considered as one of the leading scientists by researchers in the field of international osteoporosis. His contributions include diagnosis of osteoporosis and assessment of fracture risk, gene discovery, and gene application in assessing fracture risk. The method of predictive fracture developed by his research team has been used by doctors around the world (and Vietnam), which helps cure millions of patients worldwide. His outstanding contributions were acknowledged by the title Fellow of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) and a great deal of prestigious awards in the field. Recently, he has been awarded the Eminent Scientist Award of University of Technology Sydney. It can be said that he helps bring Vietnamese names to specialized osteoporosis worldwide.

Being a principal investigator of the Dubbo Osteoporosis and Epidemiology Study in Australia for 25 years, he has provided scientific evidence to policy making on management and treatment of osteoporosis. He has published over 300 publications in prestigious international journals including Nature, JAMA, BMJ, Ann Int Med, New England Journal of Medicine, JBMR, JCEM. His publications have been cited more than 25,000 times. He is one of the highly cited scientists in the field of osteoporosis and medicine in the world; and is classified as "Top 1%" in the global medical field.

In Vietnam, he has made many important and valuable contributions over the last 25 years. He is Co-director of Bone and Muscle Research Group of TDTU, and Vice Chairman of TDTU Science and Training Committee. He is a Visiting Professor of Danang University, a Visiting Professor of Hanoi Medical University (2013), an Honorary Professor of Hanoi University of Pharmacy (2018).

He has many research collaborations in Vietnam and Asia. He is one of the founding members of the Osteoporosis Society of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), co-founded Strong Bone Asia, and organized many international conferences on bone in Vietnam. Currently, he is elected President of Pan Asian Biomedical Science Consortium, an alliance of the top 20 universities in the region and Asia. He conducted the Vietnam Osteoporosis Study, one of the most extensive studies on osteoporosis in Asia. He helped Vietnamese colleagues to publish more than 50 scientific papers from Vietnam on prestigious international journals. These works make the diagnosis of osteoporosis in Vietnam more accurate.

In addition to doing scientific research, over the last 15 years, he has contributed significantly to training in Vietnam. He has supervised 5 PhD students in Saigon and Hanoi. Furthermore, he and his colleagues have carried out many scientific projects on osteoporosis, evidence-based medicine, research methodology and scientific publications for more than 2,000 doctors and scientists across the country. Through these training programs, he contributed to improving scientific research capacity and scientific publication for his domestic colleagues.

Professor Nguyen Van Tuan has also made a contribution to research on Agent Orange. He has researched and had some publications on Agent Orange on international medical journals. He is the author of the first book on Agent Orange in Vietnam (published over 20 years ago). So far, he has published 10 books on osteoporosis, scientific research, scientific publications, higher education, and evidence-based medicine.

Professor Nguyen Van Tuan has received the award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam for his contributions to science. He received certificates of merit and awards from the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, the People's Committee of Kien Giang Province (his hometown), the Osteoporosis Society of Ho Chi Minh City, The Vietnamese Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Ho Chi Minh City Medical Association for his important contributions to health.

Some pictures of the Ceremony:

Dr. Le Van Ut, Member of the University Board, Secretary of TDTU Science and Training Committee, Head of Department for Management of Science and Technology Development presents Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan’s scientific achievements.


Dr. Vo Hoang Duy, Vice President of TDTU declares the Letter of Appointment




Prof.Le Vinh Danh, President of TDU presents the Letter of Appointment to Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan


Prof. Le Vinh Danh congratulates Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan


Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan makes response


TDTU Science and Training Committee and Presidential Board congratulate Prof. Nguyen Van Tuan