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28 Aug 2018

Registrations are open for Institut Pasteur’s MOOC HIV Science

Institut Pasteur's MOOC HIV Science is now open for registration:

This MOOC is organized in 6 chapters:


  • 1. Origin, Epidemiology and Natural history of HIV infection.
  • 2. Mechanisms of HIV replication and dissemination. The establishment of viral reservoirs.
  • 3. HIV and the immune system.
  • 4. Physiopathology of HIV infection.
  • 5. Clinical management.
  • 6. Perspectives and future challenges.
  • Each module is composed of 5 sessions. In each session, you will find a 8-10-minute video and a multiple choice test to help you check your understanding. The videos are in English subtitled in French and in English. 

    Dates of the MOOC: November 2 to December 31, 2018

    Deadline for registration: December 21, 2018


    "Since the start of the epidemic HIV has infected over 75 million people and provoked more than 35 million deaths. Today, although HIV replication can be controlled by antiretroviral treatment, HIV infection remains an outstanding global health issue, with 36.7 million infected people and 1 million HIV-related deaths in 2016, according to WHO. Half of the infected population does not have access to antiretroviral treatment and 2 million new infections are registered every year. In addition there is currently no cure for HIV and antiretroviral treatment needs to be maintained for life. In this MOOC we will review different aspects of HIV infection: from its biological origin and its identification as the causative agent of AIDS to the perspectives of eradication. We will summarize the status of the HIV epidemic in the world from the perspective of the virus (molecular diversity) and the host (populations). We will focus a large part of the course on the latest discoveries on the complex interactions between the virus and the host cell, the immune mechanisms that are set in motion to tackle the virus and how HIV is able to evade them. We will describe exceptional individuals who have developed efficient mechanisms to control the infection and animal models of spontaneous protection. Finally, we will address research issues with regard to clinical management of HIV infection and future perspectives on treatment and prevention. Altogether, this MOOC will provide a transversal insight into HIV research with the perspective of both scientists and clinicians."

    08 Aug 2018

    International Master in Infectiology with Institut Pasteur Paris and Institut Pasteur Cambodia

    Université Paris Saclay and University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh (UHS), in partnership with Institut Pasteur Paris and Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC), are opening a 2-year Master program focusing on Infectiology (Biology of infectious diseases). This master is hosted at University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and will open in October 2018. Upon completion of this program, students will receive Master diplomas from both universities.

    The aim of the Master in Infectiology is to provide a solid and broad-based foundation in prominent areas in Life Sciences and Health, as well as a high level of competences in Infectiology. Pedagogical team includes specialists from reputable international universities and research institutes. This program is coupled with intensive internship periods in top-level research laboratories, ensuring that students will receive a complete training, both theoretical and practical.

    For students without a French bachelor/licence degree, a free online upgrading course is offered prior to selection. Registration to this online upgrading course will be arranged once students have submitted their application to the Master in Infectiology, either with UHS or Paris Saclay University.

    More info at:
    For Paris Saclay:
    For UHS:

    08 Aug 2018

    Institut Pasteur of Iran: Rodents and Rodent-born Diseases Course

    Applications are open for the Rodents and Rodent-born Diseases course organized by Institut Pasteur of Iran and the Centre for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention, Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran.

    Date: 6-10 October 2018

    Deadline for registration: August 20, 2018

    Venue: The course will be held in the Research Centre for Emerging and Reemerging infectious diseases which is the national reference center for diagnosis and research on Plague, Tularemia and Q fever in Iran. It is a branch of Pasteur Institute of Iran located in Western

    Details and registration.

    "Rodents are the largest order of living mammals, comprising approximately 42% of global mammalian biodiversity. With almost 2277 known species in 33 families, rodents have nearly a worldwide distribution. The majority (60.3%) of emerging infectious disease (EID) events are caused by zoonotic pathogens. Furthermore, >70% of these zoonotic EID events were caused by pathogens with a wildlife origin. Rodents can cause significant economic losses (primarily through feeding on stored food) and increase health risk by transmitting various infectious agents to human. Rodents are well-known reservoirs and hosts for a number of infectious diseases (e.g. Plague, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniasis, Lass Fever, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers) and play an important role in their transmission and spreading. In last 50 years, more than 1300 novel human pathogen species have been identified in different categories. Mammals are the main source of these findings (>70%), and rodents are one of those groups with high number of new pathogen species (>15%). Rodent borne diseases have always been a public health concern over the world.

    Urbanization and Global climate change has also created greater awareness with regards to the importance of rodent control. Due to great importance of rodent-borne diseases effects on public health burden, this
    workshop is designed to provide the necessary knowledge on rodent ecology and behaviour for both ground staff and policy planners to plan and implement appropriate programs to mitigate damage and control disease transmission. It is expected that the participants improve their knowledge and practice regarding surveillance, diagnosis, and clinical management of rodent born disease and enhance their abilities to investigate the impact of these disease on public health burden in their countries."


    Dr. Ehsan Mostafavi, Epidemiologist, Director of the course, Director of Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran,Tehran, Iran
    Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, Infectious disease specialist, Director of center for communicable disease control, Ministry of Health, Tehran, Iran
    Dr. Eric Bertherat, Specialist in Public Health and Tropical medicine, World health Organization, Geneva
    Dr. Peter Mala, Epidemiologist, World health Organization, EMRO, Cairo.
    Dr. Aude Lalis, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France
    Dr. Violaine Nicolas, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France
    Dr. Frauke Ecke, Landscape ecologist, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, UMEÅ, Sweden
    Dr. Jean-Pierre Hugot, Parasitologist, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France
    Dr. Boris Krystufek, Rodentologist, The head of Vertebrate department of the Slovenian Natural History, Slovenia
    Dr. Roohollah Siahsarvie, Rodentologist, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
    Dr. Mahdi Rohani, Bacteriologist, Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran
    Dr. Saied Reza Naddaf, Entomologist, Department of Parasitology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran
    Dr. Mostafa Salehi-Vaziri, Virologist, Department of Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran
    Dr. Ahmad Mahmoudi, Rodentologist, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran

    18 Jul 2018

    Professor Roberto Bruzzone rewarded by the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau

    Congratulations to Professor Roberto Bruzzone, HKU-Pasteur's Co-Director, for being awarded with the insignia of Knight of the Order of Merit of Italian Republic during the celebration of the Italian Republic Day.
    "Since his arrival in Hong Kong, Professor Bruzzone has held positions of scientific and administrative leadership in teaching programs and major international networks to combat infectious diseases. His contributions in the field of medicine and his work in Hong Kong nurtured the scientific relationship between Italy and China. The Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr. Antonello De Riu awarded Professor Roberto Bruzzone with the insignia of Knight of the Order of Merit of Italian Republic (Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana)."

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    29 Jun 2018

    Professor Malik Peiris rewarded by Nature for being one of the 10 Science Stars of East Asia

    HKU-Pasteur Research Pole is delighted to share with you that its Co-Director, Professor Malik Peiris, has been named one of the 10 Science Stars of East Asia by the prestigious medical journal Nature.

    Professor Peiris was singled out for his success as “an infectious-disease specialist in Hong Kong, who battles emerging pathogens that threaten the global population". The 10 “Science Stars of East Asia” featured in Nature included outstanding scientists from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. 

    HKU-Pasteur's team express its sincere congratulations to Professor Peiris. 

    Read the article

    19 Jun 2018

    Keystone Symposia: Framing the Response to Emerging Virus Infections

    Travel awards and scholarships are available for the Emerging Virus Infections Conference in Hong Kong, October 14-18, 2018. You can apply by June 27, 2018.
    Due to their sporadic or surprise occurrence, most aspects of the biology and infectious potential of emerging and re-emerging viruses are poorly understood. Nevertheless, they have have the potential to cause high morbidity and mortality. Our continuing struggle to respond to a procession of pandemics, including SARS, avian influenza, MERS, Ebola and more recently Zika, highlights key gaps in our knowledge and should serve to motivate our re-thinking on how we can better prepare for and deal with future unknown viral threats. In summary, this four-day conference will:
    - Identify the gaps in knowledge and critical barriers to progress in the field by developing an understanding of how viruses – including Zika, Ebola, MERS annd influenza – can transmit between a reservoir and neew host species, and identifying those aspects of the disease process that offer opportunities for therapy and prevention;
    - Explore why zoonotic diseases matter, their association with agriculture, the importance of surveillance and early detection, and the difficulties of dealing with diseases that involve both medical and veterinary communities;
    - Bring together virologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, those working on anti-viral strategies and others in related biomedical fields who do not usually attend the same meetings.
    Travel awards, generously funded by the Croucher Foundation and The University of Hong Kong, are available to students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists from East and Southeast Asia who would like to attend this conference, while scholarships are available to students and postdoctoral fellows from any nation. [More info]
    The conference will feature the following confirmed invited speakers:
    Ralph S. Baric, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    Mario Barro, Sanofi Pasteur, USA
    Andrew G. Bean, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
    Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance, USA
    Michael S. Diamond, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
    Anna-Bella Failloux, Institute Pasteur, Paris, France
    Heinz Feldmann, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, USA
    Yi Guan, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Bart L. Haagmans, Erasmus MC, Netherlands
    Scott B. Halstead, Dengue Vaccine Initiative, South Korea
    Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo, World Health Organization, Switzerland
    Nicholas Jackson, Sanofi Pasteur, France
    Marion P.G. Koopmans, Erasmus MC, Netherlands
    John W. Lowenthal, Australia
    Suresh Mahalingam, Griffith University, Australia
    Malik Peiris, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Leo Poon, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Raman Rao, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, USA
    Ted M. Ross, University of Georgia, USA
    Erica Ollmann Saphire, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
    Gavin J.D. Smith, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
    Ralph A. Tripp, University of Georgia, USA
    Linfa Wang, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
    Scott C. Weaver, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
    Stephen Whitehead, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, USA
    KY Yuen, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Jincun Zhao, Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease, China

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