10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course

    Course Date: 14 Jul 2013

    Final programme (last update: 07/07/2013)


    14 - 26 July 2013


    The 10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course (14-26 July, 2013) will focus on HIV/AIDS to mark the 30th anniversary of the identification of the virus by the Institut Pasteur team, led by Francoise BARRE-SINOUSSI and Luc MONTAGNIER who received the 2008 Nobel Prize for their discovery. HIV (family Retroviridae, genus Lentivirus) has emerged as a human pathogen at the beginning of the 80’, when a cluster of pneumonias caused by Pneumocystis carinii was first reported by the US-CDC. The first documented identification of HIV comes from the Congo in the 60’, although it is accepted that the human virus, which originates from the related simian immunodeficiency virus, had jumped species much earlier, possibly at the beginning of the 20th century.

    There is no need to over-emphasize the worldwide impact of AIDS, on public health and society.  AIDS caused the last and, possibly, deadliest pandemic of the 20th century, with an estimated 30 million deaths since the disease was recognized in 1981. In 2010 an estimated 34 million people were living with HIV, 2.7 million being newly infected, and there were 1.8 million deaths in the same year, according to figures provided by WHO. The spread of HIV is also gaining momentum through both hetero- and homosexual intercourse, the emergence of drug resistant HIV strains is a concern for the future evolution of the pandemic and the search for an efficient vaccine remains today the Holy Grail.

    The number of AIDS cases due to HIV has been rising and Asia and is one of the greatest challenges to public health in the future.  For example, HIV-1 infections have increased significantly with a doubled number of cases identified between 2006-07 and 2008-09 in Fujian, a southeastern province of China.  


    • Roberto BRUZZONE, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre
    • Malik PEIRIS, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre and HKU
    • Noël TORDO, Institut Pasteur
    • Zhiwei CHEN, AIDS Institute, HKU


    • Fernando ARENZANA SEISDEDOS (France)
    • Françoise BARRE-SINOUSSI (France)
    • Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong)
    • Pierre CHARNEAU (France)
    • Zhiwei CHEN (Hong Kong)
    • Cecilia CHENG-MAYER (USA)
    • Thierry HEIDMANN (France)
    • Bette KORBER (USA)
    • Sharon LEWIN (Australia)
    • Mark MARSH (UK)
    • Luis MONTANER (USA)
    • Santiago MORENO (SPAIN)
    • Michaela MULLER-TRUTWIN (France)
    • Nicole NGO-GIANG-HUONG (Thailand)
    • Quentin SATTENTAU (UK)
    • Robin SHATTOCK (UK)
    • Noël TORDO (France)
    • Carine VAN LINT (Belgium)
    • Jean-Pierre VARTANIAN (France)
    • Linqi ZHANG (PR China)
    • Paul ZHOU (PR China)


    Candidates are invited to download course and travel application forms at www.hkupasteur.hku.hk.
    Please return all completed forms, including two letters of recommendation to hku-pasteur@hku.hk.

    Accommodation (on sharing twin basis) and food (canteen-style) will be provided.
    Travel fellowships (up to 5) will be awarded to the best non-Hong Kong residents candidates.

    The course (MMPH6171) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.



    Anne LI at +852 2816 8403 or hku-pasteur@hku.hk.
    Check www.hkupasteur.hku.hk for programme updates.
    Click on the poster to download.

    10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on HIV / AIDS