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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”.

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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.

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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

01 Apr 2014

Join us for Live webcast Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress (2 April 2014)

On April 2, the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress webcast and live Q&A will be broadcast live from Institut Pasteur in Paris from 18:00 - 19:30 Central European Time/12:00 - 13:30 Eastern Standard Time.

More information available here.

On 2 April, this unique group of partners will come together once more to discuss progress toward the promises made in 2012.

The event will be webcast live, and will conclude with a Q&A during which audiences in Paris and around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions to panelists including:

  • Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Jamie Cooper-Hohn, Chair, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Dr. Tim Evans, World Bank Director of Health, Nutrition and Population
  • Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chris Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi
  • Dr. Onésime Ndayishimiye, National Director of the Neglected Tropical Disease and Blindness Control Program in Burundi

Laurence Tubiana, Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations


  • Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur and Hon.
  • Marisol Touraine, France’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health will give opening remarks.

For more information, please visit the Uniting to Combat NTDs website: 

10 Mar 2014

Regional Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Southeast Asia (11-12 March 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

The objective of the Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Southeast Asia is to foster collaborations between academic and clinical research on human and animal pathogens in the region and communication between research institutions, health structures and public health authorities. The Symposium will cover multidisciplinary research taking into account the diversity and flexibility of infectious agents, reservoirs, vectors and environment.

The two-day Symposium is organized by Institut Pasteur in Cambodia and the Ministry of Health, with a consortium of partners organized in AVIESAN (Institut Pasteur, INSERM, ANRS, IRD, AIRD, Fondation Mérieux, CIRAD, CNRS) that have supported the construction of a new Regional Platform for Research on Emerging Diseases, which will be inaugurated in Institut Pasteur in Cambodia on March 11 morning before the Symposium.

More information available here.

Regional Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Southeast Asia 11-12 March 2014 Phnom Penh Cambodia

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