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This UIC-based Vietnam-Laos ICBG (International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups) program ran from 1998 to 2012. Funding support was provided by the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH grants 1UO1 TW001015 01; 2UO1 TW001015 06; 3UO1-TW001015-10S1 & 10S2). Some activities related to the research carried out under the grant period continues today,
1. To discover bioactive compounds from plants of Vietnam and from medicinal plants of Laos, as potential candidates for pharmaceutical development for therapies against AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis, and malaria.
2. To promote the conservation of biodiversity, but specifically plants and medicinal plants of Vietnam and Laos.
3. To promote economic development among communities, the steward of the biodiversity, in areas where the ICBG research was conducted, and to strengthen the human resources and the infrastructure of the institution-members of the ICBG consortium.