Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil
Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil is a research fellow at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) based in Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to this fellowship, Dr. Van Nuil worked in Rwanda from 2012 – 2018 moving there originally for her doctoral research in medical anthropology that focused on the complex social setting of HIV support associations in Rwanda and the changing subjectivities of people belonging to the associations. Over the next five years, Dr. Van Nuil merged her anthropological knowledge and experiences into the clinical trials setting at a research site in Kigali that focused on infectious diseases and women’s health. Afterward, she worked with Partners in Health as Co-Investigator on a clinical study regarding hepatitis C treatment at the military hospital in Rwanda.
At OUCRU, Dr. Van Nuil is conducting ethnographic and social science studies within the context of ongoing and upcoming clinical trials and also works closely with the Public Engagement Unit. She mentors PhD students from OUCRU and its affiliated sites.
Dr. Van Nuil’s primary research interests include anthropological studies regarding health seeking experiences of hepatitis C patients, illness and wellness narratives in the context of a curable disease, research ethics at the intersection of primary care and clinical studies, and issues related to informed consent and participation in clinical studies.