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25 Jan 2021

[SAVE THE DATE]  HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Dangerous Liaisons Workshop

In the context of the 20th anniversary year of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, a series of events open to scientists and the general public are organized by the Pole. 

On February 24th and 25th, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole is organizing a workshop on

“Dangerous liaisons: Emerging viruses at the human, animal and environmental interface”

Link to join Webinar

 https://hku.zoom.us/j/94008818341?pwd=bXdGUnpub21rd1Z3QlN1NWhGcUNmZz09

Webinar ID: 940 0881 8341 / Webinar Passcode: 890874 

In the context of the current global pandemic, this workshop gathers local and worldwide experts in the field to discuss the pressing topic of emerging viruses and their interactions between diverse environments and outline the next steps for research.

The seminar features researchers from diverse scientific perspectives ranging from epidemiology, virology, and entomology towards microbial ecology and medical anthropology, that will explain the ongoing challenges in the current Covid-19 pandemic through keynote speeches, short talks, roundtables and Q&A.

Register here to attend the event online:

A zoom link will be sent before the event to join us online!

For any question related to the workshop, please contact hkuip@hku.hk.

 

*DETAILED PROGRAM OF THE EVENT*

Day 1 – Wednesday 24th February 2021 15.30 pm to 18 pm (HK time) / 8.30 am to 11 am (Paris time)

ORIGIN & SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUSES

15:30    Welcome and Presentation of the workshop

  • Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)

15:40    Keynote Lecture

  • Marion Koopmans, Erasmus University Medical Centre (The Netherlands)

16:25    Panel Discussion

Moderators:

  • Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Tamara Giles-Vernick, Institut Pasteur (France)

Panelists:

  • Shi Zhengli, Wuhan Institute of Virology (PR China)
  • Malik Peiris, HKU Med School of Public Health (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Hui-Ling Yen, HKU Med School of Public Health (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Nancy Leung, HKU Med School of Public Health (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Veasna Duong, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (Cambodia)

Q&A with the audience

18:05    Closing remarks

  • Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)

Day 2 – Thursday 25th February 2021 16 pm to 18:45 pm (HK time) / 9 am to 11:45 am (Paris time)

ENHANCING VIRUS SURVEILLANCE

16:00    Introduction of Day 2

  • Leo Poon, Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)

16:10    Keynote Lecture

  • Marco Vignuzzi, Institut Pasteur (France)

Q&A with the audience

16:55    Introductory Talk

  • Frédéric Keck, Laboratory for Social Anthropology CNRS (France)

17:15    Panel Discussion

Moderators:

  • Frédéric Keck, Laboratory for Social Anthropology CNRS (France)
  • Chris Mok, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)

Panelists :

  • Véronique Chevalier, Institut Pasteur in Cambodia & CIRAD (Cambodia)
  • Amadou Alpha Sall, Institut Pasteur de Dakar & WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (Senegal)
  • Anna-Bella Failloux, Institut Pasteur (France)
  • Christos Lynteris, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)

Q&A with the audience

18:45    Closing remarks

  • Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Hong Kong SAR)

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Given the current pandemic situation, please note that the in-person audience is limited to members of the University of Hong Kong upon invitation, in order to comply with social-distancing and sanitary measures in force.

13 Jan 2021

Qiwen Teo: “I got to learn experimental techniques required for my PhD project, such as mass spectrometry data analysis”

HKU-Pasteur celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is the occasion to show you a little bit more about the people who make this lab a major research pole on infectious diseases, an innovative teaching center and a very special place for us all.
 
Today, meet Qiwen Teo, Student of the 8th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course and the 10th Immunology Course:
"I had the chance to join the HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course, and it was extremely helpful for my PhD studies. The course is very interactive, we had the opportunity to share our work with the speakers and get instructive feedback from them. Furthermore, I got to learn experimental techniques required for my PhD project, such as mass spectrometry data analysis.
 
I joined HKU-Pasteur because I chose to engage in a scientific career out of intellectual curiosity! I am quite interested in understanding how viruses exploit cellular pathways to facilitate the viral life cycle, therefore, I can spend a tremendous amount of time in the lab to address this question, although it often leads to more questions. I feel like we are a big family regardless of our backgrounds and we hang out outside of the lab, as well. We support each other when anyone is feeling down and we are happy for one another whenever good things happen, too!"