The second One Health Biorisk Management case-based learning, H5N1 disease under the Biorisk management perspective.

Vietnam National One Health University Network (VOHUN) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) held the second One Health Biorisk Management student case-based learning remote engagement event on May 28th, 2020. The engagement utilizing the Zoom video conferencing platform brought together around a total of 170 participants:  68 students and professors from 10 universities in Vietnam as well as participants from 21 countries to review the second student case focused on H5N1 from a biorisk assessment perspective.  

Pic 1: Map of participations to the 2nd One Health Biorisk Management case-based learning

Mr. Christian Cando, the Vietnam country manager for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Biological Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA/BTRP), started the meeting by welcoming the Vietnamese students, the VOHUN team and the guest presenters along with and explained the mission and the outcome of the second remote engagement for 2020. He emphasized the special focus of this engagement is to enhance the BRM knowledge by taking a One Health approach to fight the pandemic threats. Professor. Dr. Le Thi Huong, the chairperson of VOHUN delivered her opening remarks to highlight VOHUN’s achievements over 9 years of endeavor and development that gradually affirming its important role as a pioneer organization to support Government agencies in training One Health BRM human resources, contributing to proactive prevention of diseases infectious emerging and recurring diseases, as well as to ensure the Global Health Security. The main moderator for this month’s session was the VOHUN BRM Coordinator Mr. Hai Le Thanh who together with Dr. Suzanne Kelly from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) co-facilitated the Q&A session.

The SNL SME Dr. Julie Wilder started the session with a brief didactic presentation on Biorisk Assessment concepts. She linked her presentation to the Orientation course of BRM concepts which were the previously discussed on the April engagement. Dr. Wilder discussed laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, the identification of preventative measures (mitigation) and she delved into biorisk assessment principles and its strategies.   

Following the SNL didactic, a case study presentation from VOHUN student teams, comprised of both agriculture and medical/public health students from Viet Nam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Hanoi Medical University (HMU) exploring a case of an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak focused on assessing the risks and the collaboration between veterinary and human medicine throughout the outbreak. The students presented on how the outbreak began with an unexplained death of poultry on the first day and how that resulted in a man’s death several days later. They explore the outbreak control from the human medicine, investigation team, and confirmed case of H5N1 avian influenza and the risk factors.

After the student team 2 case presentation, Mr. Hai and Dr. Suzanne Kelly began the question and answer section of the session. The panelists consisted of Dr. Quynh Anh, Dr. Long, Dr. Christopher, and Dr. Wilder. The question and answer lengths for all participants range from 5-6 minutes per question. 

The panelists responded in a timely organized manner and provided well thought out answers that were given to them days prior to the event to be able to have an organized discussion. The participants and the panelists were engaged in the video as well as the chat, and from the survey, this session received high remarks and great compliments on the Q&A section of the session.


“Vietnam National One Health University Network (VOHUN) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) hosted the second session of the monthly series on One Health Biorisk Management case-based learning on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.

The session offered an interactive dialogue through case-based presentations on H5N1 and Biorisk Management and knowledge sharing concepts among VOHUN Students and One Health community experts. VOHUN student teams, comprised of both veterinary and medical/public health students presented a case on the H5N1 influenza virus. The session included panelist guest speaker panelists from the U.S. Dr. George W. Christopher and from Vietnam, Dr. Pham Thanh Long, VN DAH who provided expertise and perspectives on H5N1 and Biorisk Management concepts.”

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