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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.

16 Jan 2018

The Institut Pasteur Malaria MOOC is now open

The MOOC Malaria, created by the Institut Pasteur and directed by Chetan Chitnis, is now open for registration on FUN, a French MOOC platform. This MOOC aims at providing participants with a glimpse of the wide range of disciplines involved and questions addressed in malaria research, from basic cell and molecular biology of malaria parasites and its different life cycle stages to field and hospital-based clinical research on malaria pathology, from genomics-based technologies to epidemiology.

Registrations are open here.

16 Jan 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATION: Institut Pasteur International Network Course 2018

The Institut Pasteur of Shanghai will host from May 4 to May 18 its second edition of the IPIN Course:


Infectious Diseases Pathogenesis in Asia/Pacific


Date: 4th – 18th May 2018

Location : Institut Pasteur of Shanghai,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China


The 2-weeks IPIN 2018 course will focus on infectious diseases caused by viral, bacterial, parasite and fungal pathogens that account for major endemic, epidemic and zoonosis particularly in the Asia-Pacific regions. The lectures will cover molecular mechanisms of pathogen life cycle and host immune responses, pathogenesis of diseases, survey and control of transmission, prophylaxis and epidemiology of infections and functional genetics. The course will also introduce cutting-edge technologies and methodological approaches devoted to the study of infectious diseases, including animal models, imaging, pathogen discovery, systems biology and drug discovery.

The course will promote close interactions and dialogue between students and teaching staffs both during the seminars and off-teaching hours. Round-table discussions steered by professors will be devoted to topics developed during the courses. The students will be requested to accomplish, under tutorial by supervisors, team-work by elaborating pilot-scientific projects that will be evaluated at the end of the program.

The panel of professors is composed by world-leader scientists from France, China, Sweden and Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN). All traveling costs and accommodation of the accepted students will be funded.


Details and applications on the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai website.


03 Jan 2018

The Pasteur Foundation Asia website is now online

The HKU-Pasteur Research Pole is pleased to announce that the Pasteur Foundation Asia’s new website is now online.


Based in Hong Kong, the Pasteur Foundation Asia is a charitable organization established in 2017. The Foundation aims at raising awareness on infectious diseases and enhance health by supporting innovative programs of scientific excellence and the recruitment of new talents to foster the next generation of scientists in Hong Kong, and through Hong Kong to China, Asia and beyond. The Foundation is governed by the Council, which comprises leaders from the business and scientific community who contribute their time voluntarily.


The missions of the Pasteur Foundation Asia are:

- To inspire and support research, teaching, public health initiatives and related operations of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole for the prevention and treatment of diseases in Hong Kong, China, Asia and other parts of the world.

- To support and assist the activities of the Institut Pasteur and the Institut Pasteur International Network in collaboration with other organizations, to mitigate the impact of infectious diseases and enhance global health.

- To promote the Foundation among research institutes, professional societies and the medical-scientific community in Hong Kong, China and across Asia.


For more information please visit the brand new Pasteur Foundation Asia website and download the brochure.