Dr Tram- Award Winning Scientist

Since the 1980s, Dr. Tram has devoted her work to the evidence-based scientific study of the herbs used in Vietnamese Health Traditions

A Chance Meeting Defines Dr. Tram’s Lifelong Passion

In the early 1990s, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram was already an established botanical researcher and formulator in Europe. She returned to her homeland determined to research and categorize Vietnam’s health-promoting plants. She wanted to let the world know: the forests of Vietnam hold botanical treasures.

One day during her expeditions, Dr. Tram took a break at a small tea stand near Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital. The tea seller told her about an herb that the Royal doctors once used. Dr. Tram followed the woman into the forest to see “The King’s Herb”—Crinum plants growing in the wild. Thus began a 24-year quest.

Relying On her Established Research Success

While developing Crila®, Dr. Tram drew from every aspect of her past successes in botanical research. In the 1980s, her doctoral thesis was on the composition and structure of 45 compounds found in the essential oils of Vietnamese plants. The excellence of her research earned her an invitation to continue as a collaborator with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and later with the Innsbruck Medical University in Austria. This foundation in international research prepared Dr. Tram for evaluating Crinum latifolium and determining how to bring its benefits to the public.

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Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram

1972 – Degree in Pharmacy with emphasis in Pharmacology; Hanoi Medical University
1990 –PhD in Chemistry from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
1990 – Returned to Vietnam to find, research, and catalogue health-promoting plants
1990 – Established organic plantation and began development of a proprietary Crinum latifolium cultivar
1998 – Dr. Tram’s Crinum latifoliumcultivar earns GRAS status for safe, daily use
2005 – Successful Crila® clinical trial on prostate health published; Gold Medal Award from the Ministry of Health for developing Crila® for Prostate
2007 – Successful Crila® clinical trial on uterine health published; Crila Health begins cooperation and investment in Vietnam; family-owned plantation expanded; Dr. Tram receives Kovalevskaya Prize from the U.S. Committee for Scientific Cooperation with Vietnam*
2010 – Dr. Tram’s new factory receives cGMP certification; registered as a manufacturer with U.S. FDA; begins sales to U.S. consumers
2011 – Dr. Tram seen on Healing Quest TV broadcast on PBS in U.S. and internationally; honored as Vietnam's Leading Scientist and Humanitarian by the Minister of Health
2012 – Dr. Tram honored among Vietnam’s Top 100 women.
2013 - Collaboration with scientists at the UIC, University of Illinois Chicago, College of Pharmacy, on establishing the estrogenicity of Crila®.
2014 - UIC research findings presented at the NAMS North American Menopause Society conference and published in Menopause which confirms Crila® is Estrogen Free; the World Bank recognizes Dr. Tram for technological innovations in cultivation, extraction and formulation that result in improved livelihoods for the familes of rural farmers at the BoP (Base of the Pyramid).

In Vietnamese society, the foundation of a strong family is key to understanding and respecting each person. Dr. Tram’s traces back through five generations of respected scholars and practitioners of Vietnamese Traditional Health. Download Dr. Tram’s complete Family Story here!