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25 Nov 2015

Road to COP21: climate change and one-health strategy, the role of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole

Trough interdisciplinary research and international teaching programs, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole will take an active part in the Center for Global Health instigated by Institut Pasteur to respond to the current health challenges in a globalized context. Oriented toward a "One-Health" approach, the Pasteur Center for Global Health includes climate change pressure.

Climate change is a major threat to global health in the 21st century with growing impacts of climate on human populations. One of these impacts relates to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Changes in temperature and precipitation affect vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, modifying pathogen-host interaction, ecosystems and species composition or distribution.

As the determinants of health are converging and interventions are increasingly interdependent, analyses and responses to current global threats require a concerted global approach including climate change issue and improved understanding of major global health challenges through research and public health actions.

For Institut Pasteur, the grand challenge is now to set up a new global paradigm that will be able to enhance human, animal and environmental health by developing multi-disciplinary research projects of international excellence through the integration of basic, clinical and epidemiological research spanning the animal-human-environment interface, i.e. an inclusive One-Health approach, fostered by the creation of the Pasteur Center for Global Health.

As the hub of the Institut Pasteur International Network in Asia, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP) takes part in this approach.

Focusing on the interface between humans and the environment, comprising animals and microbes,  HKU-PRP will develop interdisciplinary research projects to improve knowledge of diseases and promote transformative discoveries that will impact the most affected populations.  Besides  strengthening synergy between research and education by establishing a comprehensive training program,  HKU-PRP will reinforce scientific knowledge and technical skills to train and equip the next generation of  researchers and global health leaders.

22 Oct 2015

4th One Health Course, 4 – 20 April 2016, Institut Pasteur Paris

The 4th One Health course will provide an overview of different disciplines contributing to the One Health concept and will point to strategies to detect, identify and control pathogens during outbreaks.


For more information and registration please visit:

29 Sep 2015

A new Institut Pasteur created in Guinea

Noël Tordo, a specialist in viral hemorrhagic fevers within the Institut Pasteur, is to head up the Institut Pasteur of Guinea, which will be an independent department of the Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry.  On Monday September 21st, 2015 a protocol of agreement for the creation of the Institut Pasteur of Guinea was signed in Conakry between the Republic of Guinea and the Institut Pasteur.  The Institut Pasteur of Guinea will be the 33rd member of the Institut Pasteur International Network, and will be set up in response to the requirements outlined by the authorities in Guinea following the Ebola crisis, with the express aim of addressing epidemic emergencies, actively monitoring infectious diseases and conducting research into such diseases, as well as training and supporting Guinean scientists in outbreak prevention initiatives.

Initial work will focus on diseases with epidemic potential, in particular arboviruses and hemorrhagic fever viruses, which have been responsible for a number of major outbreaks in Guinea (Ebola, Lassa fever, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, influenza, etc.).

The first two research units will focus on Virology and Entomology, and will offer first-rate diagnostic platforms. They will provide training for students, technicians and laboratory managers in expert diagnostics and good laboratory practices. In addition, research programs will enhance epidemiological monitoring in association with laboratories across the region, particularly the Institut Pasteur laboratories in Dakar and Abidjan. The project to set up the Institut Pasteur in Conakry currently receives funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

 For more information, see

23 Sep 2015

High Content Screening Practical Course at Institut Pasteur Korea, 16-20 November 2015


The course provides a learning platform for those interested or working in the fields of chemical biology and functional genomics to interact and learn the best practices in setting up cell based assays using automated microscopy for RNA interference (RNAi) technologies and leading to the discovery of novel gene targets.

Application should be sent to:

Deadline for applications: October 16, 2015

For more information, please contact:

2015 HCS Training Course

15 Jun 2015

Apply for the 2015 Dedonder Clayton Award (Deadline: 30 June 2015)

This Award will honor scientists in Africa and Asia whose outstanding research is decisive to progress in public health, specifically in the field of research on HIV / AIDS and related infections. This award, in the amount of $ 46,000, allows support the scientific work of the winner's team.

This Prize is awarded by Pr Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur and Pr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008, and a jury representatives of the Institut Pasteur International Network and the ANRS. The Dedonder Clayton Prize is awarded every year since 2011.

The application will be a letter of intent (1 page recto / verso maximum) outlining the objectives, the schedule of accomplishments, the composition of the team and investigators, issues and outcomes of the project and a provisional budget. This letter of intent will be sent to

Online candidature:
Deadline to submit online applications: 30th June, 2015

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris during the International Scientific Symposium (
For more informations:
Contact: Eliane Coëffier                                        
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27 May 2015

October 27-28, 2015, International symposium in Laos on Ethics in research for international development in the countries of Greater Mekong regions

The international symposium entitled “Ethics in research for international development: environment, societies and health in the countries of Greater Mekong regions” will take place on October 27-28, 2015 at the University of Health Sciences-Vientiane-Lao PDR. The symposium is organized by the Institute for Research in development (IRD) and the University Of Health Sciences Of Vientiane (UHS/Laos).

The aim is to exchange information and reflection on ethics questions which are faced researchers practising in research institutes located in the Mekong basin countries (Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia).

The objectives of the symposium are:

- to allow an exchange of experiences on ethical issues related to research in environment, societies and public health.

- to identify and discuss the fundamental principles of ethics, the ethical issues most commonly faced by researchers, and the adequacy and limitations of answers provided by available guidelines.

- to contribute to a better understanding of the principles and ethical issues for research for development among Lao academic people and researchers and thus support the expansion of Lao scientific research.


Deadline for submissions of abstracts: May 30, 2015

Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2015

Deadline for registration: September 30, 2015

Conference takes place: October, 27-28 2015

For more information:


Symposium release(en)

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