15 Sep 2021

20th Anniversary Closing Workshop: Know Thy Microbes

To conclude the celebrations of its 20th Anniversary, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole will organize a workshop on 21 October 2021: 

Know Thy Microbes
Living with the Unseen

Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 15:00 - 17:30 HKT / 09:00 - 11:30 CET

  • Webinar ID:  954 5629 6670
  • Passcode:  699747
Following on from the “Dangerous Liaisons” workshop held in Feb 2021 focusing on emerging viruses at the human, animal and environmental interface, this new event gathers local and worldwide public health experts to discuss how our relationship to the microbial world is being influenced by the current pandemic, and outline next steps for researchers and advisors in the field. 
The seminar features researchers from diverse scientific perspectives who will address the challenges to frame human cohabitation with microbes in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to increased surveillance and travel restrictions.

- Philippe Sansonetti, Institut Pasteur Paris and Center for Microbes in Development and Health, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai – Chinese Academy of Sciences
Pannel Discussion:
- Keiji Fukuda, Director, HKU School of Public Health (Moderator)
- Hein Min Tun, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
- Sophie Valkenburg, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
- Tommy Lam, School of Public Health and Centre for Immunology & Infection
- Zhiwei Chen, Department of Microbiology, HKU LKS Faculty of Medicine
Annelies Wilder-Smith, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Pannel Discussion:
Leo Poon, Co-Director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (Moderator)
- Hui-ling Yen, HKU School of Public Health
- Ben Cowling, HKU School of Public Health
- Vijay Dhanasekaran, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
- Christos Lynteris, University of St Andrews 

13 Sep 2021

Professor Malik Peiris Awarded the Future Science Prize in Life Sciences

Professor Malik Peiris, Managing Director of the Centre for Immunology & Infection and Honorary Director at HKU-Pasteur won the Future Science Prize in life sciences for the discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent for the global SARS outbreak in 2003 and its zoonotic origin, with impact on combating Covid 19!

>>> More on C2i website

About Malik Peiris: 
Professor Malik Peiris, Fellow of the Royal Society, Légion d’Honneur and Silver Bauhinia Star was born in Sri Lanka and studied medicine at the University of Ceylon. This was followed by the award of a PhD at the William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, U.K., where he made significant discoveries on the mechanism of dengue virus pathogenesis.
After further work in the U.K. and Sri Lanka, he joined the University of Hong Kong in 1995 and developed a multi-disciplinary research program with strong international collaboration that made a major impact in understanding the ecology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of animal and human influenza and coronaviruses. In 2003, he played a key role in the identification of a novel coronavirus as the cause of SARS and in its control. He serves as Co-Director of the WHO H5 influenza reference laboratory and the WHO SARS-coronavirus-2 reference laboratory at HKU. From 2007 to 2020, he has served as the Scientific Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole before becoming the Managing Director of the Centre for Immunology & Infection.