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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¬Ě 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:
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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. 

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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

14 Jun 2018

Registrations for the Croucher Summer Course Precision Genome Engineering by CRISPR are now open

The Croucher Summer Course Precision Genome Engineering by CRISPR, organized by the School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Hong Kong will be held from August 10 to 15, 2018. 

"Precision genome engineering by CRISPR is a game-changing technology that holds the promise to revolutionize modern biology and medicine. This is the first course or forum in Asia devoted specifically to CRISPR and we have four specific aims: 1) To bring together a group of local and regional researchers interested in CRISPR and educate them with innovative thoughts and cutting-edge technologies; 2) To provide a forum for discussion and knowledge exchange, facilitating a better understanding of the breath and complexity of CRISPR technology among participants and the wider research community; 3) To promote the use of CRISPR technology in Hong Kong and the wider region; 4) To foster collaborations and to strengthen the link of the local and the wider research community to the world."


Introduction to CRISPR

Delivery systems of CRISPR

CRISPR in model organisms

CRISPR screens

CRISPR therapeutics

CRISPR in virology, cancer research and stem cell biology

Practical on CRISPR knockout 


Ben Berkhout (Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Osamu Nureki (The University of Tokyo, Japan);  Shengdar Q. Tsai (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA); Sidi Chen (Yale School of Medicine, USA); Bon-Kyoung Koo (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria); Pengtao Liu (School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Kosuke Yusa (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, United Kingdom); Roderick Beijersbergen (Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands); Andrew Aguirre (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA); Qi Liu (Tongji University, China)

More information and applications.

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