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26 Jul 2016

The legacies of Elie Metchnikoff: symposium at the Institut Pasteur Paris, September 26, 2016

Elie METCHNIKOFF: From embryology to aging, from phagocytes to microbiota
Paris, September 26, 2016

This year, we celebrate one century of the many legacies of the great scientist Elie Metchnikoff. The Institut Pasteur organizes a one-day symposium that will illustrate the impact of his work on modern biology. The Institut is also displaying an exhibition that presents the life and multiple achievements of Metchnikoff, who worked here for 28 years.

Metchnikoff is considered the father of phagocytes, innate cellular immunity, probiotics and gerontology. His initial work as a comparative embryologist led him to be one of the founding fathers of immunology, and develop a new understanding of physiology and pathology. As an illustration of his boundless curiosity, his team investigated inflammation in guinea pigs, rats and frogs, infectious diseases in monkeys, caimans and geese, and aging in parrots, rabbits, dogs and humans. He then explored the gut microbiota of these animals and generated germ-free organisms. His later studies led him to propose that fermented milk delays the deleterious and pro-aging effects of toxic compounds released by putrefactive gut bacteria. Finally, he was also a philosopher, and ventured into writing essays on natural harmony, human disharmony, pessimism and, in the face of it all, optimism. In all these fields, Metchnikoff has been a visionary, publishing more than 200 papers in the Annales de l’Institut Pasteur. He has also been a remarkable team leader and mentor, supervising more than 100 young trainees and collaborators.

This symposium will begin with an opening talk to remind us of the life and many achievements of Elie Metchnikoff. The sessions will then illustrate the four major scientific fields pioneered by Metchnikoff - embryology, macrophages and immunity, microbiota, and aging. The speakers will illustrate these periods through their own work, and project their modern visions of Metchnikoff’s legacy. Finally, a closing talk will reflect on the visions of Metchnikoff for the future of biology.

For registration, program and more information, please click on the poster below:

12 Jul 2016

Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General will be in HKU on July 22, 2016

Dr Keiji Fukuda, Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance and World Health Organization Assistant Director-General will give a seminar at the Public Health Research Centre (PHRC) of the University of Hong Kong entitled The Nature of Present and Future Global Health Challenges, on Friday July 22, 2016.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can be considered indicative of what global public health challenges in the modern era have become. The core technical issue is that a combination of microbial genetics and widespread use of antimicrobial medicines in human health and agricultural sectors is driving increasingly higher levels of resistance to such medicines among a wide range of pathogens. One immediate consequences is an estimated 700,000 deaths per year associated with such resistance, and projections of up to 10 million death per year by 2050. This seminar will look at the underlying factors contributing to the widespread use and overuse of such antimicrobial medicines, the combined impact of this issue, the breadth of groups and sectors needed to achieve an effective and sustained response to this growing global health security issue, the major challenges of AMR and the options for continued momentum after the high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.

Date: July 22, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 11:30 to 13:00 (sandwich lunch from 11:30 to 11:45; seminar begins at 11:45)


Venue: Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre (MTC), 2/F, William MW Mong Block, LKS Faculty of Medicine Building, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Online registration is available here.

Please register on or before noon of July 19, 2016 (Tuesday). Sandwiches will be provided to registered participants of the seminar.