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07 Mar 2018

Registrations for the Institut Pasteur Resistance to antibacterial agents MOOC are now open

The MOOC "Resistance to antibacterial agents" addresses the major public health problem: of the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria isolates, which are responsible for an increase in the morbidity and mortality of a wide range of infections caused by bacteria.

In 2016, the "review on antimicrobial resistance", chaired by Jim O'Neill, estimated that without action, in 2050, 10 million people a year could die from drug-resistant infections. While this figure is hypothetical, the current situation led WHO to classify the emergence and spread of antibacterial agents as an "increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society."

In this course, we intend to provide basic knowledge regarding resistance to antibacterial agents. We address key questions in the field. This MOOC will first present different antibacterial agents and their use for animals and humans. It will describe the current epidemiological landscape of antibiotic resistance across the globe and explain how the resistance is detected in the medical laboratories. The MOOC will then present the origins of antibiotic resistance and its mechanisms of dissemination, before proposing different approaches to control its spread. Finally, this MOOC will highlight the alternatives to antibiotics, the most current molecules in use, and ongoing novel molecule development.

The MOOC starts on May 14th, 2018. Registrations are now open online, deadline July 24th.


01 Mar 2018

Calmette & Yersin Internship Grant

The annual call for applications for Calmette & Yersin internship grants is now open.

The Traineeship Grants, funded by the Institut Pasteur Department of International Affairs, are designed to facilitate mobility within the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) and to promote and facilitate traineeships at Institut Pasteur in Paris or in a RIIP member institute for scientists (students, researchers and technicians) from the Institut Pasteur and from the RIIP, issued in priorities from low-income countries.

Deadline for candidatures: March 04th, 2018

Application and info on the Institut Pasteur website.


30 Jan 2018

Postdoc position opens in the FlavImmunity team at the Institut Pasteur Paris

A postdoc positions is opening at the Institut Pasteur Paris in the FlavImmunity team, working on structural basis of Flavivirus attenuation and antibody-mediated neutralization. The position is part of the international DARPA project DIVIDE & ConqueR aiming to identify defective interfering (DI) viral genomes in pathogenic RNA viruses.

Start date : March 2018

For more information contact Giovanna Babra Spaeth.

30 Jan 2018

How Zika virus induces congenital microcephaly

A team of researchers from ZIKAlliance discovers a specific mechanism of the infection.

Epidemiological studies show that in utero fetal infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) may lead to microcephaly, an irreversible congenital malformation of the brain characterized by an incomplete development of the cerebral cortex. However, the mechanism of Zika virus-associated microcephaly remains unclear. An international team of researchers within the European consortium ZIKAlliance coordinated by Inserm in France, led by Dr. Laurent Nguyen (F.R.S.-F.N.R.S., GIGA Neuroscience, University of Liège) and Prof. Marc Lecuit (Institut Pasteur, Inserm, University Paris Descartes, Necker Children's Hospital, AP-HP), has identified a specific mechanism leading to this microcephaly. Their findings were published in Nature Neuroscience (December 2017).

More on the Institut Pasteur website.

23 Jan 2018

A new prize for Dr Tineke Cantaert at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia

Tineke Cantaert, immunologist and group leader at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia, received another prize to foster the early stages of her career: she is the winner of the Early Career Research Prize in Vaccinology R&D (10,000USD) awarded by the IUIS (International Union of Immunological Societies) together with Vaccines Europe.

Last year, she has been selected for the International Research Scholars Program 2017 sponsored by HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Tineke leads a G4 group (4-year research groups led by young scientists within the Institut Pasteur International Network) at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia where her team studies the adaptive immune responses during flavivirus infection, such as Dengue virus or Zika virus.

22 Jan 2018

Centenary of the 1918 Influenza pandemic: Keiji Fukuda shares his insight on influenza public health policy with Nature Microbiology

"A hundred years ago, a pandemic of influenza virus stunned the world, killing millions and frightening many more. We remain vulnerable to such outbreaks, but lessons learned from the past, a century of research and international cooperation could (and should) help prepare us for future pandemics."

On the occasion of the centenary of the 1918 "Spanish flu", Nature Miocrobiology has published online a special collection of reviews and articles as well as interviews with experts working on influenza. Among them, Keiji Fukuda, Director of the School of Public Health at HKU!

"In the field of infectious diseases, the 1918 pandemic has always been an ultimate reminder that what can, in fact, take place. The sheer number of deaths is numbing. But what has always struck me even more is the ability of people to somehow largely forget that such an event ever occurred."

Read the whole interview here.

And access the collection here.

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