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22 Nov 2018

Jean-Pierre Changeux awarded during the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony

Jean-Pierre Changeux, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur and Collège de France, has received the World Award of Science "Albert Einstein" during the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony hosted by City University of Hong Kong on 8 November 2018. To celebrate this prestigious award, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Alexandre Giorgini, hosted a reception at the Residence de France. 
 
This year's citation underscored the importance of theoretical thinking in experimental medicine, a research method championed by Jean-Pierre Changeux throughout his scientific career.  During his acceptance speech Jean-Pierre Changeux stressed that this award honors neuroscience, a fundamental area of research devoted to the understanding of how our brain works, how it produces rational thinking and gives access to consciousness, how we learn the symbolic systems of the social group to which we belong.  Progress of knowledge must be accompanied by critical analysis of the ethical issues it raises. 
 
"We must widen our capacity to imagine the negative aspects of scientific development as well as the positive ones; this applies to brain science as well, considering in particular the ability of modern information technologies to rival the human brain's performance".   
Jean-Pierre Changeux 
 
About the World Cultural Council:
The WCC is an international organization whose goals are to promote cultural values, goodwill and philanthropy among individuals. The organization founded in 1981 and based in Mexico, has held a yearly award ceremony since 1984 by granting the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education, and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts to outstanding scientists, educators, and artists, who have contributed positively to the cultural enrichment of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates.
 
The “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science was created as a means of recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind.
 
Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux has been recognised for his exceptional scientific achievements and leadership in the field of neuroscience, and especially for his pioneering contributions to the science and understanding of neuroreceptors over the past 50 years. One of his groundbreaking discoveries revealed that the acetylcholine receptor as a model membrane receptor was one of the most central regulatory mechanisms in biology, leading to original insights concerning the chemistry of the brain and ultimately the brain-mind relationship. The WCC jury acknowledged the significant impact that Professor Changeux’s research has had on healthcare and our understanding of human neural processes. His work on the mechanism of neural networks has narrowed the gap between molecular biology and cognitive sciences.
 
The 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony, hosted by City University of Hong Kong.
 
Jean-Pierre Changeux receiving the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science during the ceremony.
 
Roberto Bruzzone, Co-director of HKU-Pasteur, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Alexandre Giorgini, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Tatia MC Lee, director of the State Key Laboratory (SKL) of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, HKU, at the Residence de France.

01 Nov 2018

[Testimonial] Mariam Seynou, awarded with a travel scholarship by the Pasteur Foundation Asia

Mariam Seynou is a medical doctor working at Nouna Health Research Center in Burkina Faso. She is one of the trainees for the 2018 International Workshop co-organized by HKU-Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mariam as been awarded with a travel scholarship by the Pasteur Foundation Asia

Who are you?
My name is Mariam Seynou, I am a medical doctor working at Nouna Health Research Center, a governmental research center in my country, Burkina Faso in West Africa.
 
What is your training background?
I am a medical graduate from Ouagadougou University. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in epidemiology at Heidelberg Global Health Institute of Heidelberg University in Germany
 
Why did you go to Heidelberg for your studies?
I am interested in Infectious diseases especially in viral hepatitis B. University of Heidelberg is one of the best in the world and I have gotten the opportunity to study there for the Institute of Global Health of Heidelberg University cooperate with my country since more than 3 years.
 
Why did you want to attend this workshop?
I am doing my thesis on viral hepatitis B, I wanted to attend this workshop to update my knowledge on the topic and to better apprehend viral hepatitis surveillance. I need also to enhance my skills in proposing a solid program to fight against this disease in my country.
 
Will you recommend this training program on public health with the Pasteur Network to your colleagues?
Yes, I will strongly recommend this program on public health with the Pasteur Network to my colleague because I have learned what I was expecting, and this workshop have created network between all participants.
 
How can this workshop contribute to your professional training?
This workshop is a solid element in my background as a Medical Doctor and I will use my knowledge in my daily hospital activities. I am working in Health Research Center and my institution can use my skills and competences to propose its contribution in the planning of our national strategy to combat viral hepatitis
 
What are your plans for the near future?
After graduation, I am planning to extend my research on various aspects of Hepatitis B epidemiology and control across my country. 
 

Mariam Seynou (center) with fellow trainees Sayamon Hongjaisee (left) and Pra-ornsuda Sukrakanchana (right) during the Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Elimination of Viral Hepatitis workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (learn more).