Decoding Clinical Research
Established in 1991 with support from the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the Health Services of HCMC, and the Wellcome Trust. OUCRU also now works with its partners in many places including Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal. The unit’s strategic aim is to have a positive and significant impact on global health and, in particular, the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.

Clean, yet clinical and purposely ambiguous, these coloured shapes instinctively feel scientific. They can be viewed as a sequence of chromosomes, a course of medical treatment, bacteria, or even people. They may simply be a colourful respite in a sterile environment.

“We are delighted with the results and are looking forward to implementing it fully over the course of the next 6-8 months.” Sarah Barton, Director of Operations 
2012–14. Design Director. Freelance. Vietnam.
What the coloured sequence does represent is the process of searching for answers. It encourages problem-solving and offers rewards to those that do.
Oxford University’s Clinical Research Unit is an 11-year-old network of groups that cooperate to track and prevent infectious diseases, from Dengue fever to HIV and AIDS. Though it’s affiliated with Oxford, OUCRU is based in Vietnam and works with partners in Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal.
​​​​​​​They were never interested in the ‘safe’ options, their work in science often involved innovation and discovery, and that is what they wanted to convey.

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