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22 Nov 2018

Jean-Pierre Changeux awarded during the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony

Jean-Pierre Changeux, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur and Collège de France, has received the World Award of Science "Albert Einstein" during the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony hosted by City University of Hong Kong on 8 November 2018. To celebrate this prestigious award, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Alexandre Giorgini, hosted a reception at the Residence de France. 
This year's citation underscored the importance of theoretical thinking in experimental medicine, a research method championed by Jean-Pierre Changeux throughout his scientific career.  During his acceptance speech Jean-Pierre Changeux stressed that this award honors neuroscience, a fundamental area of research devoted to the understanding of how our brain works, how it produces rational thinking and gives access to consciousness, how we learn the symbolic systems of the social group to which we belong.  Progress of knowledge must be accompanied by critical analysis of the ethical issues it raises. 
"We must widen our capacity to imagine the negative aspects of scientific development as well as the positive ones; this applies to brain science as well, considering in particular the ability of modern information technologies to rival the human brain's performance".   
Jean-Pierre Changeux 
About the World Cultural Council:
The WCC is an international organization whose goals are to promote cultural values, goodwill and philanthropy among individuals. The organization founded in 1981 and based in Mexico, has held a yearly award ceremony since 1984 by granting the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education, and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts to outstanding scientists, educators, and artists, who have contributed positively to the cultural enrichment of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates.
The “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science was created as a means of recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind.
Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux has been recognised for his exceptional scientific achievements and leadership in the field of neuroscience, and especially for his pioneering contributions to the science and understanding of neuroreceptors over the past 50 years. One of his groundbreaking discoveries revealed that the acetylcholine receptor as a model membrane receptor was one of the most central regulatory mechanisms in biology, leading to original insights concerning the chemistry of the brain and ultimately the brain-mind relationship. The WCC jury acknowledged the significant impact that Professor Changeux’s research has had on healthcare and our understanding of human neural processes. His work on the mechanism of neural networks has narrowed the gap between molecular biology and cognitive sciences.
The 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony, hosted by City University of Hong Kong.
Jean-Pierre Changeux receiving the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science during the ceremony.
Roberto Bruzzone, Co-director of HKU-Pasteur, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Alexandre Giorgini, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Tatia MC Lee, director of the State Key Laboratory (SKL) of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, HKU, at the Residence de France.

01 Nov 2018

[Testimonial] Mariam Seynou, awarded with a travel scholarship by the Pasteur Foundation Asia

Mariam Seynou is a medical doctor working at Nouna Health Research Center in Burkina Faso. She is one of the trainees for the 2018 International Workshop co-organized by HKU-Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mariam as been awarded with a travel scholarship by the Pasteur Foundation Asia

Who are you?
My name is Mariam Seynou, I am a medical doctor working at Nouna Health Research Center, a governmental research center in my country, Burkina Faso in West Africa.
What is your training background?
I am a medical graduate from Ouagadougou University. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in epidemiology at Heidelberg Global Health Institute of Heidelberg University in Germany
Why did you go to Heidelberg for your studies?
I am interested in Infectious diseases especially in viral hepatitis B. University of Heidelberg is one of the best in the world and I have gotten the opportunity to study there for the Institute of Global Health of Heidelberg University cooperate with my country since more than 3 years.
Why did you want to attend this workshop?
I am doing my thesis on viral hepatitis B, I wanted to attend this workshop to update my knowledge on the topic and to better apprehend viral hepatitis surveillance. I need also to enhance my skills in proposing a solid program to fight against this disease in my country.
Will you recommend this training program on public health with the Pasteur Network to your colleagues?
Yes, I will strongly recommend this program on public health with the Pasteur Network to my colleague because I have learned what I was expecting, and this workshop have created network between all participants.
How can this workshop contribute to your professional training?
This workshop is a solid element in my background as a Medical Doctor and I will use my knowledge in my daily hospital activities. I am working in Health Research Center and my institution can use my skills and competences to propose its contribution in the planning of our national strategy to combat viral hepatitis
What are your plans for the near future?
After graduation, I am planning to extend my research on various aspects of Hepatitis B epidemiology and control across my country. 

Mariam Seynou (center) with fellow trainees Sayamon Hongjaisee (left) and Pra-ornsuda Sukrakanchana (right) during the Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Elimination of Viral Hepatitis workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (learn more).

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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