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25 Jun 2019

[Call for Application] 9th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course on Proteomics

We had a great time last year, and we are ready for the next round! Applications for the 9th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course, focusing this year on Proteomics, are now open:

 Application form / Tips for Application 

Date: October 27 - November 2, 2019
Deadline for Application: August 9, 2019
Venue: HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
 

With the advent of more sophisticated technology and instrumentation in mass spectrometry, a strong interest has emerged to assess and interrogate biology at the level of protein networks, along with the more conventional genomic and transcriptomic approaches. Both systems-wide as well as targeted proteomic strategies have proved critical for generating hypotheses in various cellular perturbations. 

The 9th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course will focus on proteomics based approaches to probe the cell biology underlying human diseases. The lectures and workshops will present an advanced overview of how the integration of conventional “omics“ approaches with that of proteomic analyses leads to deeper understanding of biological processes and signaling pathways.

Course directors: Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong); Philippe CHAVRIER (France); Sumana SANYAL (Hong Kong); George TSAO (Hong Kong); Chiara ZURZOLO (France)
 
Faculty: Oreste ACUTO (United Kingdom); Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong); Francis IMPENS (Belgium); Benedikt KESSLER (United Kingdom); Daniel KOLARICH (Australia); Yun LAN (Hong Kong); Fan LIU (Germany); Liliana RADOSHEVICH (USA); Sumana SANYAL (Hong Kong); Florian SCHMIDT (Germany); Rakesh SHARMA (Hong Kong); George TSAO (Hong Kong); Michael WEEKES (United Kingdom)
 
Open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas. The course (MMPH6174) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.
 
Registration fees (HKD 1,500, non refundable) include accommodation (on sharing twin basis for overseas participants) and food (lunch and coffee breaks).
 
 
 
A limited number of travel grants will be awarded.
 
Please return the completed form, including 1-2 letters of recommendation to hku-pasteur@hku.hk.
 

25 Jun 2019

15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: the list of open lectures is available!

The 15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on Coronaviruses will start soon! Everything is getting ready to welcome our students for an hectic week, and the list of open lectures is now available: ALL ARE WELCOME!

July 7, 2019 - Venue: HRI-S2
   13:30 – 15:30 The Biology of Coronaviruses - a general overview
   Peter ROTTIER, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
 
July 8, 2019 - Venue: HRI-S1B
   08:30 – 10:00 Viral and Host Determinants of MERS-CoV Transmission
   Bart HAAGMANS, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
 
   10:30 – 12:00 Animal Reservoirs of Human Coronaviruses
   Zhengli SHI, Wuhan Institute of Virology - CAS, PR China
 
July 11, 2019 - Venue: HRI-S1B
   08:30 – 10:30 Immune Responses in MERS-CoV Infected Mice and Humans
   Jincun ZHAO, Guangzhou Medical University, PR China
 
   11:00 – 12:30 Animal Models of Coronavirus Infection
   Emmie de WIT, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Hamilton, MT, USA
 
July 12, 2019 - Venue: HRI-S1B
   08:30 – 10:30 The Search for Coronavirus Prophylactic and Therapeutic Therapies
   Amy SIMS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
 

15 May 2019

15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: the program is available!

The program for the 15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on Coronaviruses that will be held from July 7 to 13, 2019, is now available!

>>>   DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM   <<<

Most endemic coronaviruses (CoV) cause mild respiratory and intestinal infections in animals and humans. The identification of two novel and highly pathogenic coronaviruses as the cause of SARS and MERS outbreaks has illustrated the risks associated with zoonotic infections from this family of viruses. This course will review our current understanding and knowledge gaps, with special emphasis on the origin, evolution, transmissibility, molecular biology, epidemiological and clinical features of the highly pathogenic SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Practical workshops will challenge participants to design experimental strategies to mitigate the impact of CoV infections.

Course directors: Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) ; Noel TORDO (Guinea) 

Faculty: Marcel BOKELMANN (Germany) ; Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Emmie DE WIT (USA) ; Bart HAAGMANS (Netherlands) ; Yae-Jean KIM (Korea) ; Raven KOK (Hong Kong) ; Mart LAMERS (Netherlands) ; Eve MIGUEL (France) ; Jean MILLET (France) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) ; Peter ROTTIER (Netherlands) ; Zhengli SHI (China) ; Amy SIMS (USA) ; Noel TORDO (Guinea) ; Maria VAN KERKHOVE (Switzerland) ; Patrick WOO (Hong Kong) ; Nicholas WU (USA) ; Jincun ZHAO (USA) 

25 Apr 2019

[Registration] The Institut Pasteur Epigenetics MOOC is now open for registration!

The new Institut Pasteur MOOC on Epigenetics is now open for registration. The courses will start on July 8th, 2019:

The life of a multicellular organism, including us, starts as a single cell with a unique genome. However, during development all the cells of our body inherit the same genome despite being so different among each other. This implies that additional information must be inherited in each different cell type to instruct their fate. Moreover, because during our existence the genome does not change, our life experience cannot be transmitted to the next generation by the genome.
 
Based on several observations in different model organisms in recent years, many biologists have been questioning the dogmatic view of the genome as being the only source of information transmitted through cell divisions and across generations. The discovery and the characterization of new types of information transmitted along with the genome is what we usually call epigenetics. The capability of transmitting information across individuals beyond their genes is quite revolutionary in biology and this is the reason why the field of epigenetics is still very controversial and deeply investigated by many scientists around the world. Nonetheless, extensive research in the past years helped to reveal how our genome is organized in the nucleus and to characterize the different types of transient chemical modifications that regulate the activity of the genome in our cells. These chemical modifications that surround the genome, called epigenetic modifications, constitute one of the fundamental bases of the epigenetic process. In addition, other types of molecules, such as RNA, serve to transmit heritable information across cell divisions. Drawing on this knowledge, we are starting to appreciate how epigenetic information can have an influence on the development of multicellular organisms and how it can impact human health. Thus, the full understanding of the mechanisms regulating epigenetic processes will contribute to expand our notion of genetics, heritability, and diseases.
 
This course aims to provide a basic fundamental knowledge of what is considered to be epigenetics and wants to illustrate well characterized examples of epigenetic phenomena in many different model organisms. In addition, we will explain in detail the molecules that participate in the epigenetic inheritance and their mechanisms of action. Furthermore, we will discuss the implication of epigenetics in development, and how environmental experiences can change our life and the life of our progenies through epigenetic mechanisms. Finally, we will describe examples of diseases that are influenced by epigenetic mechanisms. 
 
 
The MOOC is in English with French and English subtitles, it is free of charge, takes on average 2.5 hours/week and offers a certificate after passing the final exam. It encompasses voluntary tests for checking your self-paced learning progress.
 
This course has been organized by Dr. Germano Cecere, head of the Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance lab at Institut Pasteur Paris. It includes 20 talks from leading scientists in the field,  that will cover state-of-the-art concepts from basic to medical research. It is suited for medical doctors, scientists, post-docs, all kind of students in natural sciences and medicine, health care workers and anyone interested in the field.
 
List of speakers:
Slimane Ait-Si-Ali (Université Paris-Diderot)          
Benoit Arcangioli (Institut Pasteur) 
Paola Arimondo (Institut Pasteur)                            
Valentina Boeva (Inserm, Paris) 
Matthieu Boulard (EMBL, Rome)                            
Giacomo Cavalli (IGH, Montpellier) 
Vincent Colot (ENS Paris)                                        
Eugene Gladyshev (Institut Pasteur) 
Maxime Greenberg (Institut Curie)                          
Thomas Gregor (Institut Pasteur) 
Mélanie Hamon (Institut Pasteur)                            
Michelle Holland (King's College London)
Nicola Iovino (Max Planck Institute, Freiburg)        
Francesca Merlin (Sorbonne U, Paris) 
Pablo Navarro-Gil (Institut Pasteur)                        
Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institut Pasteur)
Claire Rougeulle (Université Paris-Diderot)            
Ritwick Sawarkar (Max Planck Institute, Freiburg)
Jonathan Weitzman (Université Paris-Diderot)
 

08 Apr 2019

[NEW DEADLINE] 15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Coronaviruses

Applications are open for the 15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on Coronaviruses that will be held from July 7 to 13, 2019 in Hong Kong: 

Date: July 7 - 13, 2019

APPLICATION CLOSED

Application form / Tips for application

Most endemic coronaviruses (CoV) cause mild respiratory and intestinal infections in animals and humans. The identification of two novel and highly pathogenic coronaviruses as the cause of SARS and MERS outbreaks has illustrated the risks associated with zoonotic infections from this family of viruses. This course will review our current understanding and knowledge gaps, with special emphasis on the origin, evolution, transmissibility, molecular biology, epidemiological and clinical features of the highly pathogenic SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Practical workshops will challenge participants to design experimental strategies to mitigate the impact of CoV infections. 

Course directors: Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) ; Noel TORDO (Guinea) 

Faculty: Marcel BOKELMANN (Germany) ; Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Emmie DE WIT (USA) ; Bart HAAGMANS (Netherlands) ; Yae-Jean KIM (Korea) ; Raven KOK (Hong Kong) ; Mart LAMERS (Netherlands) ; Eve MIGUEL (France) ; Jean MILLET (France) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) ; Peter ROTTIER (Netherlands) ; Zhengli SHI (China) ; Amy SIMS (USA) ; Noel TORDO (Guinea) ; Maria VAN KERKHOVE (Switzerland) ; Patrick WOO (Hong Kong) ; Nicholas WU (USA) ; Jincun ZHAO (USA) 

Open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas. 
 
Registration fees (HKD 1,500, non refundable) include accommodation (on sharing twin basis for overseas participants) and food (lunch and coffee breaks). Please return the completed form, including 1-2 letters of recommendation, to hku-pasteur@hku.hk.
 
 
The course (MMPH6171) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.
 

01 Apr 2019

Registrations for the Institut Pasteur International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) 2019 are open

The Institut Pasteur International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) will be held from October 19th to 27th in the wonderful city of Annecy, France.
 
The emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to many drug classes seriously threaten all branches of modern medicine. There is currently no course providing advanced instruction on antibiotics and resistance. The specific goal of ICARe is to bring leaders in academics and industry together with trained scientists at the dawn of their careers. Cutting-edge approaches for the study of resistance and antibiotic discovery will be examined.
 
 
Deadline for application: May 17, 2019 
 
Objective:
The faculty, composed of 40 internationally recognized scientists and physicians who have made important contributions to antibiotic development, infectious diseases, and resistance management, will be in residence for a minimum of 2 days for informal interactions. Graduates will emerge with a state- of-the-art understanding of existing antibiotics (modes of action, mechanisms of resistance), approaches for mining chemical space, advancing hits to leads, the application of nucleic acid- based technologies and bioinformatics for antibiotic discovery and resistance detection.The course aims to build an international cadre of collaborative, well networked, and highly trained specialists.
 
Director: Patrice Courvalin
Scientific advisors: Michael Gilmore and Gerry Wright
 
Scientific committee:
C. Arias (Univ. of Texas, USA), G. Challis (Univ. of Warwick, UK), T. Dougherty (Harvard Medical School, USA), S. Lahiri (Macrolide Pharmaceuticals, USA), S. Lory (Harvard Medical School, USA), A. Myers (Harvard Univ., USA), S. Projan (MedImmune, USA), H.-G. Sahl (Univ. of Bonn, Germany), M.-W. Tan (Genentech, USA).
 
Audience:
ICARe is designed for assistant professors, new industry scientists, MDs, and postdoctoral research associates, as well as members from developing areas contending with the practical challenge of managing the antibiotic resistance problem with limited resources.
 
Attendees: 40 students
 
 

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