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,
- 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.
- To promote the conservation of biodiversity, but specifically plants and medicinal plants of Vietnam and Laos.
- 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.