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25 Feb 2015

L’ORÉAL scholarships send four Hong Kong outstanding researchers for an internship at Institut Pasteur in France


Our distinguished Selection Committee has evaluated and selected candidates according to their academic and research achievements and their internship project proposals.

The four successful candidates are:

· Dr WONG Sze-Wah Sarah (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong) who will perform her internship in Dr. Oumaima GRANET's unit (Cytokines & Inflammation Unit, Infection & Epidemiology Department)

· Dr TSENG Ho-Ching Felice (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong) who will perform her internship in Professor Christian MUCHARDT's Department (Epigenetic Regulation Unit, Departmental and Stem Cell Department)

· Mr LAI Kin-Kui Peter (PhD student, Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong) who will perform his internship in Professor Felix A. REY's unit (Structural Virology Unit)

· MsKWAN Hoi-Lam Karen (PhD student, Department of Orthopeadics and Traumatology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong) who will perform her internship in Professor Jean-Marc CAVAILLON's Department (Cytokines and Inflammation Unit, Infection and Epidemiology Department)

The internship will commence during the summer months. On behalf of the Selection Committee, we would like to congratulate and wish them a wonderful professional and cultural experience at Institut Pasteur, in Paris, France.

About the Scholarship:

The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship was officially launched in 2012 by a tripartite partnership between the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the HKU-Pasteur Research Poleand L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited. The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship is the first-ever program designed to offer researchers from Hong Kong and Macau the unique opportunity to intern at the world famous French research institute.

The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship will be offered to up to four postgraduate candidates that are permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau. These awardees will demonstrate outstanding individual capabilities in scientific research and the desire to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research studies in France.

Mr. Arnaud Barthélémy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Prof. Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of The HKU–Pasteur Research Pole and Mr. Stephen Mosely, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 21st September, 2012 to launch theL’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship’ in the presence of Mr. Eddie Ng, Secretary of Education of the HKSAR Government.

The four Hong Kong postgraduate research fellows will receive financial support from L’Oréal to take up internships at the world-famous Institut Pasteur in France. (From left to right Karen KWAN, Sarah WONG, Felice TSENG and Peter LAI)


13 Feb 2015

The Institut Pasteur Young Investigator Award

Sponsored by the Institut Pasteur, this award recognizes an individual who has made, in the early years of his/her career, a significant contribution to the field of infectious diseases and in particular respiratory infections (either a single paper or a body of research).

The award carries with it a travel grant to visit one of the 32 Institutes members of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN). This award will cover expenses related to this travel (air flight, lodging and meals) for a maximum amount of 2500€. The maximum length of stay is two weeks.

The objective of this grant is to offer the possibility for a promising scientist to meet scientists from the IPIN in order to initiate collaboration and also candidate to head a 4-year group within the Institut Pasteur International Network.

  • Eligibility

Applicant must:

- Be presenting author of submitted abstract to IMRP 2015;

- Hold an MD, PhDor equivalent degree obtained no more than 8 years before December 31st 2015;

- Be willing to spend up to 2 weeks in one institute of the IPIN;

  • To Apply

Applicants should submit:

- Eligibility letter from supervisor. Letter must include the name of the applicant who is competing for the travel award, and abstract title

- Copy of abstract submitted to IMRP

- A short Biographical sketch of the applicant (use the model provided)

For question or comments, please email to the following address:

Awardees will be notified during the International Meeting on Respiratory Pathogens (IMRP) meeting in Singapore(see URL).






03 Dec 2014

Ebola: a new Institut Pasteur to be created in Guinea

Professor Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur, was in Guinea Friday 28th November 2014, alongside François Hollande, President of the French Republic, to sign an agreement for the creation of a new Pasteur Institute in Conakry in late 2016.

The Ebola outbreak currently sweeping across West Africa, from which the first cases have been confirmed by scientists from the Institut Pasteur, shows the need to reinforce local capacity to react against emerging infections.

This new Pasteur Institute will initially focus its activities on diseases with a high epidemic potential that have been responsible for several major and severe outbreaks over the last years. The teams will be in particular involved in the study of arbovirosis and viral hemorragic fevers (Ebola fever, Lassa Fever, Yellow fever, Rift Valley fever…). The first two research units that will be created in this institute will be dedicated to virology and entomology with international quality standards laboratories. "The ambition that we both share with the local authorities is to make this new Institut Pasteur a major public health and research player in Guinea while being totally integrated with existing national structures and institutions”, explains Marc Jouan, Secretary-General of the Institut Pasteur International Network. “It will join the 32 other institutes that across the world are members of our network.  Funding for the creation of an Institut Pasteur in Conakry has been made available by the French Agency for Development (AFD) for an amount of 4 millions euros.

Pr. Bréchot also visited Donka Hospital in Conakry, where the Institut Pasteur in Dakar has been setting up a diagnostic laboratory for several months. Beyond its capability to quickly mobilize resources in case of epidemic outbreak, this institute will provide a long-term support to Guinean public health: “this centre will durably reinforce infectious diseases capabilities of surveillance, detection and prevention in Guinea but also in all the subregion” comments Bréchot,” it will also, and this is of utmost importance, enable the initiation of research programmes and training of local human resources. In this regards, the support of the Institut Pasteur in Dakar that is still at the forefront of the current Ebola outbreak will be essential”.

For more information see

08 Sep 2014

International Course on “Surveillance of Influenza-like illness” (17-21 November 2014, Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

The call for applications is open.

17-21 November 2014

Institut Pasteur of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Deadline for applications:
September 15, 2014.

The course on "Surveillance of Influenza-like illness" will be co-organized by the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong.

This course will discuss the rationale and purpose of surveillance of influenza-like illness, how to assess the burden of disease during epidemics, and how to use evidence-based data for forecasting and informing the public and policy makers.

The course is particularly intended for health personnel from countries in South East Asia involved in surveillance of respiratory diseases, wishing to keep pace with the most up-to-date approaches.

Interested candidates should download the application form and follow the guidelines. Please return the completed form, together with 1-2 letters of recommendation, to Selected candidates will be notified before the end of September and will receive an invitation letter together with details on local arrangements.

There are no registration fees and accommodation (on sharing-twin basis) will be provided to participants.

Click on the poster to downnload it.

The course will be taught in English.

Closing date for Applications: September 15, 2014

Surveillance of Influenza-like illness HCMC 2014

12 May 2014

Amazonian Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (Sept. 26 - 28, 2014, Institut Pasteur in French Guiana)

The Amazonian Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (ACEID) will be held from September 26th to September 28th, 2014 in Cayenne, French Guiana.

The conference will be organized around 5 themes:

  • Anthropization and risk of emergence
  • New technics applied to infectious diseases
  • Dynamics of infection and resistance
  • Public health tools for Disease surveillance
  • Chikungunya in the Americas

The Amazonian Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases offers attendees the opportunity to network with peers, learn new trends and hear about cutting-edge scientific advancements in emerging and infectious diseases from the experts, researchers and academics as well as health professionals.

For more information, please visit the ACEID web site:

Amazonian Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases

12 May 2014

EMBO Conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells (Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2014, Institut Pasteur, Paris)

The first EMBO conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells will take place at the Institut Pasteur, Paris from 29th September to 1st October, 2014.

The study of Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) is a strong emergent field in immunology that is having a major impact on our understanding of the early events unfolding during an immune response. While subsets of ILCs (NK cells, LTi cells) have been recognized for more than 10 years, the realization that ILCs constitute a larger family that mirrors the activity of differentiated T cells has only become apparent in the last few years. ILCs have now been shown to regulate defenses to infections, wound healing, allergy and adaptive immunity through their prompt reactivity to tissue infection and injury. Thus harnessing the activity of ILCs may lead to improved immunotherapy and vaccines, an expectation that is reflected in the growing number of high impact papers published in top-tier journals and of teams investigating ILC biology worldwide.

It appears therefore well timed to organize the first international meeting on ILCs this year in order to gather all major players in the field and discuss recent advances and visions, as well as to reconvene this meeting every 2-3 years in order to monitor progress and re-assess the larger picture in ILC research.

Chairs of the conference

  • James Di Santo, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Gérard Eberl, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Eric Vivier, Marseille Medical School, France

Scientific committee

  • David Artis, UPenn, Philadelphia, USA
  • Marco Colonna, Washington University, USA
  • Andreas Diefenbach, Freiburg University, Germany
  • Shigeo Koyasu, Riken Yokohama, Japan
  • Richard Locksley, UCSF, USA
  • Andrew McKenzie, LMB, UK
  • Reina Mebius, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
  • Fiona Powrie, University of Oxford, UK
  • Hergen Spits, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Call for Abstracts
Authors are invited to submit an abstract in English to be considered for an oral or poster presentation at the conference.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 30th, 2014.


You can register for the conference through the secure site:

EMBO conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells

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