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31 May 2019

[Job Opening] Institut Pasteur Paris is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow

The Microenvironment & Immunity Unit, Institut Pasteur, is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the weaning reaction and pathological imprinting (Al Nabhani, Immunity 2019). The weaning reaction is the vigorous intestinal immune response that induced by the expansion of the symbiotic microbiota in response to food diversification (from milk to solid food). This weaning reaction is critical in setting the reactivity of the immune system in the long term, and inhibition of the weaning reaction leads to increased immune reactivity and excessive susceptibility to inflammatory pathology in the adult. Microbiota-induced regulatory T cells (Ohnmacht, Science 2015) are induced during the weaning reaction and are required to prevent pathological imprinting.
We are now exploring the quality of the weaning reaction that is necessary to prevent pathological imprinting, as well as the dietary, microbial and immune elements involved. Furthermore, we aim to identify the mode by which the weaning reaction prevents pathological imprinting into adulthood, a form of memory that may be encoded in different types of cells on different molecular substrates. It is also possible that the peripheral and central nervous system is involved in coding such memory.
In addition, we are collaborating with pediatricians in order to identify biomarkers that can be used to follow the development of the weaning reaction and pathological imprinting in neonates and children. The eventual aim is to develop dietary and microbial measures to prevent pathological imprinting in neonates, as well as therapeutic measures to reverse such pathological imprinting in older children.
In order to investigate these issues, we wish to identify a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with a solid background in cellular immunology and experience with mouse models. It would be a plus if the candidate had also a background in epigenetics to explore modes of memory. Finally, the candidate should enjoy teamwork, as the complexity of this project requires help from diverse colleagues and collaborators. The position is open by the Fall of 2019.
Candidate should send their CV and a motivation letter to A first contact is usually established through a Skype interview, followed by an invitation to give an informal 30 minutes talk to the team at the Institut Pasteur, and half a day discussion with the members of the lab. A decision to hire is then taken after discussion with the team. Salary is established by the Institut Pasteur rules, with the exception of salaries obtained through European grants and the US Pasteur Foundation.

30 May 2019

Scientific symposium of the Pasteur Network in Kunming, PR China

Scientists from the Asian institutes of the Pasteur Network, the Merieux Foundation, and other partner institutions in the region, gathered in Kunming (May 28-29) to discuss options to improve preparedness and readiness in the control outbreaks of infectious diseases in the Lancang-Meking region.

The meeting was part of the efforts of the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai-Chinese Academy of Sciences to work together with the Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases and other local institutions to forge stronger research capabilities to mitigate the impact of infectious diseases across the region. Roberto Bruzzone and Chris Mok represented HKU-Pasteur and discussed the ongoing collaborations in Southern China on influenza research and opportunities available through international courses.

20 May 2019

Professor Pierre-Marie Girard appointed as the Institut Pasteur’s Vice-President International Affairs

Press release - Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

At the suggestion of Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur, Professor Pierre-Marie Girard has been appointed as the Institut Pasteur's Vice-President International Affairs. This decision was approved by the Institut Pasteur Board of Directors on April 19, 2019. Pierre-Marie Girard is Head of the Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Department at Saint-Antoine Hospital (part of the Paris Public Hospital Network, or AP-HP), and a Professor in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Sorbonne University Faculty of Medicine. He has taken office on May 2, 2019.  He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Institut de Médecine et d'Epidémiologie Appliquée (IMEA) – Fondation Internationale Léon Mba, and former President of ANRS Coordinated Action 12 – "Research in countries with limited resources".
"I am proud to join the Institut Pasteur, where I look forward to contributing to the development of a collaborative research strategy rooted in global scientific solidarity and strengthening the unique position of the Institut Pasteur International Network among the international community. In a highly competitive context, it is increasingly important to develop long-term, large-scale international initiatives with a real impact in serving the health of the populations covered by the Institut Pasteur International Network," - Professor Pierre-Marie Girard, the Institut Pasteur's new Vice-President International Affairs
"The Institut Pasteur intends to achieve its ambition by strengthening its relations with the institutes in the network and implementing a proactive policy of national and international partnerships. Pierre-Marie Girard's international and clinical expertise will be a major asset for the institutes in the Institut Pasteur International Network in optimizing their work to improve human health worldwide."Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur
The Institut Pasteur International Network: a vital player in the service of human health
Since its very early days, the Institut Pasteur has adopted an international outlook. The Institut Pasteur's strategy seeks both to strengthen its close links with the Institut Pasteur International Network – a priority in its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan – and to develop cooperation with key institutions outside the International Network. These activities are led by the Department of International Affairs, which coordinates research and public health programs involving the International Network, manages funds that promote mobility for scientists (including the Calmette & Yersin program and 4-year research groups) and is involved in training programs in the International Network. The Department of International Affairs helps coordinate joint activities and participates in meetings of the Boards of Directors and Scientific Councils of International Network member institutes.
The Institut Pasteur International Network is composed of 32 institutions united by shared Pasteurian values and missions in the service of public health. Spanning every continent, this network is a unique model for cooperation in the area of health care, bringing together men and women who work on a daily basis to tackle infectious agents through biomedical research, public health activities and training.
The Pasteur International Network Association, set up in 2011, is the legal entity of the Institut Pasteur International Network. On January 31, 2019, the renewal of the Pasteur International Network Association's status as a non-state actor in official relations with WHO was approved by the WHO Executive Board for three years. This renewal emphasizes the major role played by the International Network in global health, and enables the Pasteur International Network Association to take part in the World Health Assembly.
Biography of Pierre-Marie Girard
Pierre-Marie Girard has an M.D. from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris 6) with a specialization in internal medicine and infectious and tropical diseases, and also a PhD in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology from Paris Diderot University (Paris 7).
His main research focus is clinical research on the treatment and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections associated with HIV in both developed and developing countries. He has coordinated and been involved in several clinical trials on antiretroviral therapy since the early 1990s, contributing to the drug review process and to the development of antiretroviral strategies linked with national and international multicenter trials. He has authored more than 350 international publications.

16 May 2019

The 2019 ASCB|EMBO meeting will be held in Washington, DC, in December!

The 2019 joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology, and will offer sessions on emerging topics such as nontraditional model organisms, and the use of computational modeling and biophysics to “Build the Cell from the Ground Up.”
Date: December 7-11, Washington, D.C.
Keynote: Bruce Stillman; President and CEO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 

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