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17 Apr 2015

Four Hong Kong researchers are about to leave to Institut Pasteur, Paris

The four successful candidates, Dr WONG Sarah, Dr TSENG Felice, Mr LAI Peter and Ms KWAN Karen are about, thanks to the L'Oreal Scholarship, to commence their internship at Institut Pasteur, Paris. This wonderful opportuny will allow them to acquire professional and cultural experience in one of the biggest institute against emerging diseases in the word.

About the Scholarship:
The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship was officially launched in 2012 by a tripartite partnership between the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited. The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship is the first-ever program designed to offer researchers from Hong Kong and Macau the unique opportunity to intern at the world famous French research institute.
The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship will be offered to up to four postgraduate candidates that are permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau. These awardees will demonstrate outstanding individual capabilities in scientific research and the desire to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research studies in France.

Mr. Arnaud Barthélémy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Prof. Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of The HKU–Pasteur Research Pole and Mr. Stephen Mosely, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 21st September, 2012 to launch the ‘L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship’ in the presence of Mr. Eddie Ng, Secretary of Education of the HKSAR Government.

The four Hong Kong postgraduate research fellows will receive financial support from L’Oréal to take up internships at the world-famous Institut Pasteur in France. (From left to right Karen KWAN, Sarah WONG, Felice TSENG and Peter LAI)

14 Apr 2015

14-16/10, 2015 International Scientific Symposium Institut Pasteur International Network - Registration now Open!

Call for abstracts    Preliminary Program

The 2015 session of the International Scientific Symposium of the Institut Pasteur International Network, will bring together in Paris the scientists from the 32 institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network and from other research organizations together with international partners, from October 14th to 16th.

Online abstract submission and registration are open.
Call for abstracts

The Institut Pasteur International Network is offering a unique opportunity to scientists worldwide, both young and experienced, to showcase their research on global and one health issues to a broad international audience in the prominent Institut Pasteur in the heart of Paris.

Abstract submission is open to all research fields. In 2015, the Symposium will focus on the following topics:

  • Ebola
  • Microbial Resistance
  • Zoonosis/Emerging diseases
  • Vaccinology
  • Non communicable diseases, Microbiota

Abstract can be submitted for both oral communications or posters to report scientific or medical research developments linked with any global health challenges.

Deadline for abstract submission May 4th, 2015

Several international scientific experts will be specifically appointed to select the best abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Among poster presentations, several will be selected for a flash presentation.
Abstract submission exclusively online

  • To ensure consistency, all abstracts are to be submitted via the online abstract submission portal in English before May 4th 2015, 12.00 pm (Paris Time).
  • Abstracts should be submitted in English language. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words (excluding authors and affiliations).
  • Please note that no changes or additions will be accepted after the submission deadline; make sure to carefully check the information provided as it will appear printed as such.
  • Please provide a recent ID photograph with the abstract (jpeg format).
  • The conference will be held in English, applicants should be aware that no translation services will be provided.
  • Abstracts selected for oral and flash communications will be printed in the abstract book. For authors selected for posters presentations only the title, the names and the affiliations will appear in the abstract book.

Abstract review and selection process

  • Early June: Notification of the outcome of the review    
  • All authors will be notified via email.

Oral and flash presentations

Upon selection of their abstract for an oral or a flash presentation, participants’ expenses (travel and housing) will be covered by the Department of International Affairs- Institut Pasteur International Network.

Click here for submit your abstract

Congress coordinator (registration, abstracts,...)  
Institut Pasteur / CIS
28 rue du Dr Roux
75015 Paris France  

Registration is free but required

02 Apr 2015

Fleming Fund launched to tackle global problem of anti-microbial resistance to drugs

In response to the initial recommendations of the O’Neill review “Tackling a global health crisis: Initial steps, the UK Government has launched the Fleming Fund to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant infection.  The Fleming Fund will manage a total of£195 million (1.5 million HKD) of overseas development aid over the next five years to build laboratory capacity and surveillance networks inlow-and middle incomecountries, working with the Wellcome Trust, the Institut Pasteur International Network, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “In our interconnected world drug-resistant infection is a threat to us all, and increasingly driving a global health crisis.”  JimO’Neil, Chairman of the review on Antimicrobial Resistance has said that drug-resistant infections already kill hundreds of thousands a year globally, and warned that by 2050 that figure could be more than 10 million. The economic cost will also be significant, with the world economy being hit by up to $100 trillion by 2050 if action is not taken.


In 2012, Institut Pasteur launched the BIRDY project, the first program ever to study anti-microbial drug resistance in a large international pediatric cohort in low-income populations.   With an objective of 10 different study sites worldwide, BIRDY will follow about 7,500 children from birth during the first two years of their lives, providing accurate documentation of every febrile event while guaranteeing medical care and hospitalization when bacterial infection is suspected.   Locally, BIRDY will improve the health status of the children recruited within the cohort and will strengthen the childcare capacities.  The long-term goal of this program is to contribute to increase awareness among national policy makers about improving bacterial diagnosis, and controlling antibiotic resistance, by guiding healthcare policy, especially regarding the use and supply of antibiotics and establishing programs to combat resistance in healthcare systems.