31 Oct 2007

They Join Us

- New Research Assistant II, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre -
Mr Horace Lee (BSc (Hons) Biochemistry followed by an MPhil in Biology at HKUST in 2007, studying the genetics and development of C. elegans) joins the Virus / Immunology team as a Research Assistant II. He will work on the “Interactions between NK activatory receptors and hemagglutinin from avian flu” project.

- New French International Volunteer, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre -
Ms Agnès Dumont (MPhil in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Poitiers, France in 2005) joins the Centre as a French international volunteer. She has worked as a Clinical Research Technician in Saint Louis Hospital in Paris, France and studied the transmission of the Kaposi Sarcoma human virus in transplanted organs.

29 Oct 2007

Official Visit

- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Higher Education and Research, October 26, 2007, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre Ltd -
Mr. Christian Thimonier, Deputy Director of Scientific Co-operation and Research, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on the left) and Mr. Dominique Chatton Asia-Pacific Office, Department of European and International Co-operation, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (on the right) visited HKU-PRC.

19 Oct 2007

Grant & Award

- Dr James Kung, Professors Malik Peiris and Lap-Chee Tsui decorated with the Légion d’honneur of France -
Dr Malik Peiris, Chair Professor of Microbiology and our Scientific Director has been nominated Knight of the Légion d’honneur to reward his exceptional contribution to research in infectious diseases and his pivotal role in the collaboration between the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Institut Pasteur (visit our photo albums’ page). In his acceptance speech, Professor Malik Peiris acknowledged the contribution of his team and spoke of how the life and achievements of Louis Pasteur influenced his decision to become a microbiologist (“All started from a book”, Medical Faculty News, volume 10, issue 2, pages 5-6).
Dr James Kung, our Chairman of the Board of Directors was elevated to the dignity of Grand Officer of the Légion d’Honneur for his continuing efforts in promoting the scientific cooperation between Hong Kong and France (visit our photo albums’ page). Dr James Kung initiated and supported the creation of our Centre (visit our history’s page).
Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor and President of HKU was also admitted as Knight of the Légion d’honneur (HKU press release).
They all received the award from the Grand Chancellor of the Légion d’Honneur and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit, General Jean-Pierre Kelche.
The Légion d’Honneur, created in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte, is the highest decoration given by the French Republic to distinguished individuals for their outstanding services, regardless of the social status or the nationality of the recipients.

15 Oct 2007

Official Visit

- Visit of the Grand Chancellor of the Légion d’honneur and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit, October 15, 2007, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre, Pokfulam, Hong Kong -
The Grand Chancellor of the Légion d’honneur and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit, General Jean-Pierre Kelche, paid his first visit to Hong Kong on the 15th and 16th of October 2007. He was welcomed in the SAR by Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Consul in Hong Kong. He met with the members of the Légion d’Honneur Club Hong Kong Chapter, chaired by Dr James Kung during its Annual Gala Dinner. He also visited HKU-Pasteur Research Centre and met researchers, staff and students (visit our photo albums’ page).

11 Oct 2007

Birth Columns

- Babies’ party, October 11, 2007, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre -
HKU-Pasteur Research Centre Ltd organized a babies’ party to celebrate the birth of the three HKU-PRC/Golden Pig Year babies (Josephine Jaume, Abel Nal-Rogier and Corentin Kien).