Teaching News

27 Feb 2019

[Call for application] 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

Deadline for application: April 15, 2019

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) 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.

11 Feb 2019

[Call for application] Health Economics and Qualitative Research Training Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City

The Health Economics and Qualitative Research Training Workshop, organized by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), the MORU Tropical Health Network, the Ethox Centre, HITAP’s International Unit, and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, will be held from May 13th to 17th, 2019, in two sections at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Deadline for applications: 11 March 2019
Section 1: Health Economics (May 13-15th)
This section will give provide an in-depth introduction to the field of health economics with a focus on conducting studies in low- and middle-income countries. Specific topics that will be covered include: costing studies, effectiveness measures, cost-effectiveness analysis and good practice in conducting future studies. The course is targeted to a public health audience. The section is organized by Dr Hugo Turner.
Section 2: Qualitative Research (May 15-17th) 
This section will provide in-depth sessions detailing several qualitative data collection methods and their application, as well as a session on the ethical challenges associated with conducting qualitative research. This section is targeted to researchers and students who already have a basic understanding of qualitative research. The section is organized by Dr Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil.
Participants can apply to attend the health economics section, the qualitative research section, or both.

Please submit your application at https://form.jotform.me/83449211351452

Contact: hturner@oucru.org


18 Jan 2019

[Call for Application] Introduction to Outbreak Investigation & Response, in Phnom Penh


We are pleased to announce the Spring 2019 Pasteur Outbreak Investigation Task Force (OITF) Course, co-organized by HKU-Pasteur:

Introduction to Outbreak Investigation and Response 

This course will occur at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from March 25-29, 2019.  

The Pasteur OITF, created in 2015, has expanded its membership to include all staff in the IPIN who are interested and committed to participating in outbreak responses, through the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) or in support of requests for assistance from other Institutes in the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN).  In order to prepare OITF volunteers to participate in interdisciplinary, international outbreak response teams through the Pasteur OITF, we are offering a series of regionally-based training courses starting in 2019.  The Spring 2019 OITF Course will focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.


Application deadline: 3 February 2019 

Notification of selection: by 8 February 2019

Please complete both pages of the application and send the completed form and your CV to: eileen.farnon@pasteur.fr AND rebecca.grant@pasteur.fr.


Course Organizers: Eileen Farnon, Philippe Cavailler, and Roberto Bruzzone

Methods: The course will be conducted in English and include interactive case studies, lectures, and computer-based sessions:  

·       Lectures - Lectures on basic applied epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases, and interdisciplinary approaches to outbreak investigation will be delivered by experts from the IPIN and partner public health institutions.

·       Case studies– These interactive sessions will be conducted in small groups (5-10 people per group). The sessions will be coordinated by a senior epidemiologist (primary facilitator) and assisted by 3 facilitators (regional experts). The case studies are based on actual field investigations and many have been used in other applied epidemiology training courses (e.g. EPIET, EIS). 

·       Practical Computer-based Sessions– These sessions will provide participants with an introduction to EpiData. After completing the course, participants should be able to use EpiData to create a data entry form based on an existing questionnaire, build a dataset and conduct basic statistical analyses using EpiData Analysis. They should be able to use the OpenEpi rapid calculators.



·       This course is targeted at junior to mid-career scientists working at Pasteur Institutes in the Asia-Pacific region, Institut Pasteur (Paris), and INCEPTION partner institutions who are interested in joining the Pasteur OITF and being considered for deployments through OITF in the future.  

·       Staff from other Institutes in the IPIN and collaborating public health institutions and organizations based in the region will also be accepted on a space-available basis.

·       Up to 20 students will be selected to participate in the course

·       At least 1-2 spaces are allotted per Pasteur Institute in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Participants from Institut Pasteur, INCEPTION partner institutions, and other institutes will be considered on a space-available basis. 

·       All types of scientists are welcome to apply, including laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, entomologists, social scientists, clinicians, and others.  

·       Participants should have a clear understanding of spoken and written English

  • An understanding of the basics of Epidemiology may be beneficial.  No priorknowledgeof EpiData isrequired. 


·       No registration fee

·       OITF will cover flights and lodging including breakfast

·       Other meals and incidental expenses (e.g. ground transportation) will not be covered and should be provided by participants’ home institutions  

Participants must bring a laptop

Additional information: Pasteur OITFGOARN

07 Jan 2019

End of the 10th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course

HKU-Pasteur’s 10th Immunology course ended on the 14th of December after two bustling weeks on Quantitative Immunology!

24 students from all over the world came in Hong Kong for this anniversary edition of HKU-Pasteur’s famous course. This course highlighted the latest advances in large-scale, quantitative data collection and computational analysis as applied to biochemical aspects of immune cell activation and function, multicellular behavior in tissues and model organisms, and human immune function in health and disease.

To celebrate the end of the 10th edition of the Immunology Course, HKU-Pasteur hosted a world class symposium with the immunology course alumni and special guests, and organized a friendly dinner with all students and faculty.

We hope that everyone enjoyed this course, students as well as faculty, and we are looking forward to meeting you soon!

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