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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."

Topics:

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 

Lecturers:

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.

11 Jun 2018

Vaccinology for Public Health and Clinical Practice in the 21st century

The School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong will host the Croucher Summer Course Vaccinology for Public Health and Clinical Practice in the 21st century from July 16 to 20 in Hong Kong, under the direction of Prof Joseph T. Wu and Prof Mark Jit

This course is designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral-level scientists an overview of the basic concepts in vaccinology. Participants will learn about the immunological and epidemiological mechanisms of vaccination, the process of developing vaccines, how to measure the efficacy or effectiveness of vaccines, how vaccines influence disease transmission and herd immunity. We will also discuss basic health economic evaluation of vaccines and risk communication on vaccine acceptability.

Learn more.

25 May 2018

Save the date - IVI’s 18th International Vaccinology Course 2018

The schedule for IVI's 18th International Vaccinology Course is now ready. One of the longest running vaccinology courses in the Asia-Pacific region, this annual training course helps fulfill the mission of making vaccines available for global health by building capacity in vaccinology and promoting vaccine sustainability in developing countries. Over 18 years, the course has trained more than 1,200 vaccine professionals from low- and middle-income countries worldwide, and has fostered collaborative partnerships in research and public health.

September 3-7, 2018

Seoul, Korea

The five-day course provides a comprehensive overview of vaccinology ranging from applied topics in discovery to development to delivery. The course is a combination of lectures and interactive case studies presented and facilitated by experts from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations.  Previous lecturers have included those from the World Health Organization, U.S. National Institutes of Health, GSK, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Johns Hopkins University, Seoul National University, and IVI.

Applications deadline: 

August 1, 2018 for international applicants
August 31, 2018 for domestic applicants (on-site registration is also available for domestic applicants)
 
 
 

18 Apr 2018

Keystone Symposia Conference

The  Keystone Symposia Conference, organized in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong and the Croucher Foundation, will be held in October in Hong Kong.

Submit an abstract and register today for Keystone Symposia’s upcoming conference on “Framing the Response to Emerging Virus Infections” scheduled for October 14-18, 2018 at The University of Hong Kong. This conference is organized in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong and Croucher Foundation. 
 
Organized by Drs. Ralph A. Tripp of the University of Georgia, Suresh Mahalingam of Griffith University, John W. Lowenthal, Andrew G. Bean of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and Malik Peiris of The University of Hong Kong, the three-day conference will: 
1) Identify the gaps in knowledge and critical barriers to progress in the field by developing an understanding of how viruses – including Zika, Ebola, MERS and influenza – can transmit between a reservoir and new host species, and identifying those aspects of the disease process that offer opportunities for therapy and prevention;
2) 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; 
3) Bring together virologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, those working in anti-viral strategies and others in related biomedical fields who do not usually attend the same meetings.
 
University of Hong Kong/Croucher Foundation Travel Awards enable attendance of students, postdoctoral fellows and regional scientists from East and Southeast Asia to attend this conference. Scholarships, requiring submission of an abstract, are available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from any nation. Short talk speakers will be chosen from all abstracts submitted by the abstract deadline. 
 
Deadlines:
Travel Award Application – May 15, 2018
Scholarship Applications and Discounted Abstract – June 14, 2018
Abstract – July 17, 2018
Discounted Registration – August 14, 2018
 
For more information, please visit Keystone Symposia.
 

17 Apr 2018

Registrations for the Institut Pasteur International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) are open

The Institut Pasteur International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) will be held from October 6 to 14 in the wonderful city of Annecy, France.

The emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to many drug classes seriously threaten all branches of modern medicine. There is currently no course providing advanced instruction on antibiotics and resistance. The specific goal of ICARe is to bring leaders in academics and industry together with trained scientists at the dawn of their careers. Cutting-edge approaches for the study of resistance and antibiotic discovery will be examined.

The faculty, composed of 40 internationally recognized scientists and physicians who have made important contributions to antibiotic development, infectious diseases and resistance management will be in residence for a minimum of two days for informal interactions. Graduates will emerge with a state-of-the-art understanding of existing antibiotics: modes of action, mechanisms of resistance, approaches for mining chemical space, advancing hits to leads, the application of next generation nucleic acid-based technologies for antibiotic discovery and resistance detection. The course aims to build an international cadre of collaborative, well networked, and highly trained specialists. 

Registration and info on Institut Pasteur website.

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