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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

"Stroke Risk Factors, Symptoms and Disability in Da Nang, Viet Nam – A Reflection of the Growing Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries"



Thanh G. Ton, MPH, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
School of Medicine at UW

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Global Health


 By 2030, non-communicable diseases will contribute to three quarters of all deaths worldwide. Over the past four decades, age-standardized stroke incidence rates in high-income countries decreased by 12% whereas rates in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) increased by 12%. Furthermore, the World Health Organization projects stroke will account for the highest percentage of disability-adjusted life years worldwide by the year 2030. LMICs have the largest burden of stroke, accounting for nearly 70% in disability adjusted life years. As LMICs, such as Viet Nam, experience epidemiologic transitions from infectious to chronic diseases, the morbidity and mortality from stroke will rise. We conducted a population-based study to assess the prevalence of risk factors and stroke symptoms in Da Nang, Viet Nam. We also developed a stroke registry at the primary hospital, and followed stroke patients to assess vital and functional status at 28-days after stroke. In this talk, I will present results from these two studies that address a growing public health problem in Viet Nam, reflecting a larger global trend of the growing burden on non-communicable diseases in LMICs.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Ton received her undergraduate training at University of California - Berkeley in Neurobiology, and went on to obtain an MPH in International Health at Yale School of Public Health before she came to the University of Washington for her doctoral degree in Epidemiology. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine at UW and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health. Her research portfolio includes neuroepidemiologic studies on Parkinson’s disease; subclinical cerebrovascular among American Indians; stroke and neuroinfectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries. She also mentors fellows who conduct global health research in China, Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Peru and Cameroon, and contributes to capacity building in these countries.


Suggested Readings:

Global and regional burden of stroke during 1990-2010: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, www.thelancet.comVol 381 June 8, 2013


Updated on April 22, 2014