7th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course

    Course Date: 07 Jul 2010

    for Research Postgraduate Students (MPhil and PhD)

    Topic: Influenza and other emerging respiratory viral infections
    Date: 7-23 July 2010

    The 7th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course will focus on Influenza and Other Emerging Respiratory Viral Infections which remain a significant cause of morbidity, mortality and economic loss. The course is primarily intended for postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young investigators. Preference will be given to MPhil and PhD candidates.

    A great deal of attention will be devoted to influenza, as the first pandemic of the 21st century has resulted from the emergence of novel swine-origin influenza A virus. There will be lectures on avian influenza and other respiratory viruses such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and human parainfluenza viruses, which have a substantial social impact. The latter paramyxoviruses are major human pathogens and are leading causes of infant hospitalization and lower respiratory infection in infants and small children. The course will review our current knowledge on SARS coronavirus, which persists in the animal reservoir making its re-emergence in humans a constant threat. Finally, we will address the ecology of respiratory viruses of animal origin and discuss the complex issues related to interspecies transmission.

    Lectures will cover complementary aspects including Mucosal cell biology, Epidemiology and emergence viral diseases, Diagnosis, Molecular virology, Virus-Host interaction, Mucosal immunity, Immune response to viruses, Antivirals and Vaccines. Practical Sessions will complete the theoretical approach and allow students a true “hands on” experience by performing experiments with local research teams. Journal Clubs will train participants to critically analyze scientific papers, exchange ideas and opinions, interact in small groups, and improve their oral presentation skills.


    • J Beauté (Cambodia)
    • JM Cavaillon (France)
    • T Crepin (France)
    • V Deubel (Cambodia)
    • C Drosten (Germany)
    • H Field (Australia)
    • E Fodor (UK, TBC)
    • M von Itzstein (Australia)
    • HD Klenk (Germany)
    • EJ Kremer (France)
    • JW Lee (USA)
    • CQ Luong (Vietnam)
    • J Mercer (Switzerland)
    • N Naffakh (France)
    • L Poon (Hong Kong)
    • J Nicholls (Hong Kong)
    • A Osterhaus (Netherlands)
    • M Peiris (Hong Kong)
    • S Siddell (UK)
    • T Skern (Austria)
    • N Tordo (France)
    • E Wissinger (UK)
    • HL Yen (Hong Kong)
    • G Yi (Hong Kong)

    7th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course