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18 Jan 2017

International Call for Applications to head 4-year research groups within the Institut Pasteur International Network

The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and Institut Pasteur wish to strengthen their collaborations in the areas of research, training and teaching, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

AUF and Institut Pasteur are jointly launching an international call for applications for young researchers in the life sciences who wish to create 2 research groups within the Institut Pasteur International Network.

  • One G4 in Africa or in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) on infectious, tropical or neglected diseases.
  • One G4 within the Institut Pasteur in Ivory Coast in the field of hepatitis and cancer.

More details here.

Closing date for applications: January 31st, 2017

Contact: Eliane Coëffier

14 Dec 2016

Pasteur international workshop: knowing how to model infectious diseases dynamics for better public health decisions

From 30 October to 4 November 2016, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP) organized the international workshop « Introduction to Modeling of Infectious Diseases » in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In collaboration with the Training Center of the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, HKU-PRP gathered a team of international experts to train young researchers and health professional in the SEA region. The purpose was to address how the processing of epidemiological data allows scientists to design relevant mathematical models to simulate disease transmission in the population and virtually assess the efficiency of diverse types of public health interventions (vaccination, quarantine, prevention, vectors control...). These kind of models can be used to guide the action strategies implemented by public health authorities. Through series of lectures and hands-on applications, the participants were trained to this exciting and expanding area of research.

Group photo, Introduction to Modeling of Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute, Ho Chi Minh City

During 6 days, 32 students coming from 12 different countries (mainly from the SEA region) joined at the Training Center of the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City to take part in this public health workshop organized for the 5th year in a row. A faculty composed by 9 renowned researchers gave lectures and supervised hands-on practical sessions. Joseph Wu (School of Public Health, HKU) provided the first basics of infectious diseases modeling and students worked on the transmission potential of smallpox in contemporary populations. Marc Lipsitch (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston) explained how models should incorporate the heterogeneity of hosts and how to use modeling to design and interpret complex intervention trials. Hannah Clapham (Oxford Clinical Research Unit, HCMC) gave examples of modeling vaccination. Simon Cauchemez (Institut Pasteur Paris) addressed the statistical inference and showed how to use data to estimate transmission parameters and the impact of interventions. Benjamin Cowling (School of Public Health, HKU) and Mark Jit (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) approached the estimation of vaccines efficacy and effectiveness, taking into account health impact and economics. Marc Choisy (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Hanoi) focused on vector-borne disases, presented the theoretical framework and models equations and applied it to real examples with the students using R software. Tommy Lam (School of Public Health, HKU) addressed modeling on the molecular scale and showed how to model diseases transmission using pathogens genetic data.

Final day, participants with certificates

'Projects day': group presentation

Participants with Simon Cauchemez

Tommy Lam's lecture

Discussion with Marc Choisy

Reception at the Residence of France

Visit of Pasteur Institute museum

Besides acquiring a new set of skills, the workshop also benefits the participants in developing an international scientific network and knowing the different fields of expertise of their colleagues in the region, having time to discuss with the trainers to get advices or exchange about their research projects... Not to forget making friends. For the organizers, the goal is eventually to make the participants equipped with knowledge of best public health practices and available to apply it in their own institutions for rapid coordination to a public health emergency of national or international concern.

01 Dec 2016

The ‘PPU Program’: an international PhD program at the Institut Pasteur, Paris

The Institut Pasteur organizes a doctoral program for students holding a master degree or the equivalent in science, medicine and related fields delivered by a university outside of France.

Join a team of international experts at the highest level!

Students conduct their research in one of the 120 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur that offers cutting edge training in a large variety of topics covering Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Enzymology and Metabolism, Biological Chemistry, Virology, Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Epidemiology, Infectiology, Imaging, Neurosciences, Developmental Biology and Systems Biology. In addition, PPU students will receive specific courses on soft skills, as Oral Presentation, Journal Club, Workshop on Ethics, French Lessons.

Students are part of the Pasteurian community with whom they share their passion for science and wish to contribute to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Students are immersed in an exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment including access to a large variety of core facilities with state-of-the art equipment.

Visit the website of the Institut Pasteur to know more about PPU and the selection process.


25 Oct 2016

Three postdoctoral positions in mathematical/statistical modelling of infectious diseases in Paris


The Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit at Institut Pasteur Paris was created in November 2013 and is directed by Dr. Simon Cauchemez.
The research focus of the Unit is to develop state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical methods to tackle the many challenges epidemiologists and microbiologists face when analysing infectious disease data.
Primary focus is the study of infectious disease dynamics, both in long-term endemic settings and in outbreaks. The lab aims at better understanding how pathogens spread in human populations with a view to support policy making and optimize control strategies. These analyses benefit from a strong network of collaborators in the field (in particular within the large International Network of Pasteur Institutes that consist of 33 institutes spread across the world) but also of strong connections with other Centres of Excellence in mathematical modelling. The approach is therefore highly multidisciplinary, looking at infectious diseases through multiple perspectives (epidemiology, surveillance, Public Health, policy making, microbiology), multiple scales and multiple data streams.

Job description

The lab is seeking three postdocs to work in close collaboration with French agencies in charge of human (ANSP) and animal health (ANSES) with a view to strengthen the contribution of modelling in the detection, monitoring and management of epidemics in France. The selected candidates will develop innovative statistical and modelling methods to analyse French surveillance data on infectious diseases.

Interested candidates should contact Ana de Casas with a CV, statement of interest and two references (to be sent directly by referees). The deadline for applications is 7 November 2016.

More information here.

20 Sep 2016

The Consulate general of France in Hong Kong and Macau is launching the “France-Hong Kong Month of Environment”, 20 September-20 October 2016

During the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, 196 countries joined forces to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. To keep this momentum going, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau is launching the first edition of the France - Hong Kong Month of Environment.

From Sept. 20th to Oct. 20th, 4 weeks will be dedicated to the exploration of 4 natural elements (#earth, #wind, #fire, #water). The Month of Environment will be the opportunity for each of us to open our eyes to a new eco-conscious mindset and be welcomed into a world of new lifestyle alternatives, through debates and conferences, workshops, film screenings, and concerts!

Opening event (24-25/09) CyberPort - “Dock to the Environment World”: environmental market with climate change exhibitions and open-air movie screening, in the presence of Mrs Christine LOH, Under Secretary for the Environment, and Mrs Lilas BERNHEIM, Deputy Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

#EARTHWEEK (26/09) HKU - Opening of the exhibition “Climate Change, 360°”

#WINDWEEK (12/10) Comix Home Base - Premiere Screening of the wonderful animated film “Yellowbird”

#FIREWEEK (03/10) T-Park - Seminar “Climate Architecture” with screening of the film “Climate Architecture” and a guided tour of T-Park

#WATERWEEK (17/10) HKU - Seminar “Marine & Water Environmental Conservation”

CLOSING EVENT (20/10) - “Tips for Trash”, an eco-friendly evening with speakers, live music and poetry to exchange around the reduction of trash in our everyday life

More details on the French consulate's website.

20 Sep 2016

18-25 September 2016: Computational Biology for Infectious Diseases summer school in Hanoi, Vietnam

The CBID (Computational Biology for Infectious Diseases) summer school, designed to provide students, researchers and professionals working on infectious diseases with basic concepts and hands-on experience in quantitative analyses of high throughput data is taking place at the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, from 18 to 25 September 2016.

Supported, among other sponsors, by the Institut Pasteur International Network, the CBID summer school is this year again a great success. Over 75 participants coming from South East Asia countries are enthusiastically getting trained on molecular phylogenetics, (meta)genomics, population genetics, transmission dynamics and epidemics forecasting. During the second week, the students will work in subgroups of 3-5 and carry on mini-projects on real data under the supervision of the trainers.

Please find more information about CBID summer school here.

Group photo taken during the summer school introduction.

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