A delegation from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (INPC VAST, Hanoi) led by Professor Pham Quoc Long, President of the Scientific Committee, and Dr. Pham Minh Quan, Deputy Director of the Institute, visited the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and its branch, "Primorsky Aquarium".

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Researchers from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry VAST (Dao Thi Kim Dung, Dang Thi Minh Tuyet and Dang Thi Phuong Ly) and the Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry of the NSCMB FEB RAS (V.I. Svetashev, E.V. Ermolenko, T.V. Sikorskaya and V.P. Grigorchuk) do research on marine natural compound biochemistry of coral reef communities in Vietnam. The research is carried out based on an agreement on cooperation between the Institutes and a joint grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

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INPC VAST and NSCMB FEB RAS have been working in close collaboration since 2001, which resulted in many fundamental scientific publications, development of new medicines from natural resources of Vietnam, exchange of specialists, and training of graduate students.