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22 Sep 2012

L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship Officially Launched (September 21, 2012, Hong Kong)

The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship was officially launched on September 21, 2012 by a tripartite partnership between the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre and L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited. The L’Oreal Scholarship for Research Internship is the first-ever program designed to offer research students from Hong Kong and Macau the unique opportunity to intern at Institut Pasteur, the world famous French research institute.

The L’Oreal Scholarship for Research Internship will be offered to up to four postgraduate students that are permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau. These awardees will demonstrate outstanding individual capabilities in scientific research and the desire to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research studies in France. The program will be open for applications beginning September 2012 to end of November 2012.

Mr. Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Dr. Roberto BRUZZONE, Chief Executive Officer of The HKU–Pasteur Research Centre and Mr. Stephen MOSELY, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch the ‘L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship’ in the presence of Mr. Eddie NG, Secretary of Education of the HKSAR Government.

At the MOU signing ceremony, Mr. Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, said: ”The ‘L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship is a genuine milestone in the relationship between Hong Kong and France. This scheme will provide financial support to postgraduate students to undertake research internship programs in esteemed French laboratories. There they will learn from some of the world’s finest scientists while experiencing French culture. I have no doubt the initiative will further enhance France and Hong Kong’s scientific relationship.”

The awardees will perform research work in an academic discipline of their choice in one of the famed laboratories of the Institut Pasteur in France. Students will have the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the French research environment, thus gaining first-hand experience working with leading scientists and their teams.

“The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship will provide students the unique opportunity to discover life on a different campus while learning from world-renowned scientists. They will experience a new and diverse culture and these experiences will influence not just their life in the scientific research community but also their approach to life in general.” said Dr. Roberto BRUZZONE, Chief Executive Officer of HKU–Pasteur Research Centre.

“The cornerstone of L’Oreal’s success is excellence in research and innovation that has continually enabled us to push the boundary of beauty. As a firm believer in the life-changing power of scientific research, we are pleased to offer promising students the opportunity to broaden their horizons at Institut Pasteur. The partnership will also enhance scientific exchanges and collaborations between France and this part of the world.” said Mr. Stephen MOSELY, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong.

The list of awardees will be announced in the first quarter of 2013. The panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from the collaborating parties and respected academia including Professor Nancy IP and Professor Vivian YAM, both former recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women In Science Awards.

The L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship programme will commence in June 2013 for up to three calendar months and the call for applications is now open.

More information is available here.

L'Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship MOU Siging Ceremony

L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship MOU Signing Ceremony
(Front row from left) 
Dr. Roberto BRUZZONE, Chief Executive Officer of The HKU–Pasteur Research Centre
Mr. Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
Mr. Stephen MOSELY, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited

(Back row from left)
Professor JSM PEIRIS, Chair in Virology, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong 
Mr Leo KUNG, Chairman of The HKU-Pasteur Research Centre
Mr Eddie NG, Secretary of Education, HKSAR Government
Prof Lap-Chee TSUI, Vice-Chancellor & President, The University of Hong Kong
Mr Gilles BONNEVIALLE, Consul of Culture, Education and Science, The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

Guests toasted to congratulate the launching of the L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship

Guests toasted to congratulate the launching of the L’Oréal Scholarship for Research Internship

(From Left)
Professor JSM PEIRIS, Chair in Virology, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong 
Mr Leo KUNG, Chairman of The HKU-Pasteur Research Centre
Mr Eddie NG, Secretary of Education, HKSAR Government
Mr. Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
Dr. Roberto BRUZZONE, Chief Executive Officer of The HKU–Pasteur Research Centre
Mr. Stephen MOSELY, President and Managing Director of L’Oréal Hong Kong Limited
Prof Lap-Chee TSUI, Vice-Chancellor & President of The University of Hong Kong
Mr Gilles BONNEVIALLE, Consul of Culture, Education and Science, The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

08 Sep 2012

HKU-Pasteur Courses Series Newsletter Issue No.6

The sixth issue of the HKU-Pasteur Courses Series Newsletter has been released.

Focus on the EU support to the students of the 9th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course, Courses organised in 2013 which will include the 10th edition of the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on HIV/AIDS and Call for Applications to the Pasteur Paris University International Doctoral Program 2013-2014.

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08 Sep 2012

5th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course: Preliminary Programme Available

The preliminary programme of the 5th HKU-Pasteur Immunology course is available here.

The course will focus on adaptive immunity. In contrast to the innate immune system, which is programmed to detect invariant features of invading microbes, the adaptive immune system employs antigen receptors that are not encoded in the germ line but are generated de novo in each organism. Thus, adaptive immune responses are highly specific and make use of very efficient mechanisms of somatic diversification to generate virtually unlimited repertoires of structurally diverse antigen receptors that are clonally expressed by lymphocytes.

The course will provide an overview of the two lymphoid lineages and will address the key features of the design principles of adaptive immune systems in vertebrates. The central themes of the first week will be then clonal selection of lymphocytes, the mechanisms of antigen recognition by B- and T-cell receptors, antigen presentation and MHC molecules, effector functions of T- and B-cells. During the second week we will focus on the dynamics of immune response to pathogens, with lectures that will cover the genetics of immune response, as well as the signaling mechanisms involved in T- and B-cell responses. The final lectures will consider AIDS as an example of diseases that are caused by failure of the immune response.

For the practical workshops, students will identify lymphocyte populations that respond to viral infections with the production of cytokines and compare several techniques such as cytometry versus Elispot. The role of each population will be studied by depletion of particular subsets.

 

06 Sep 2012

10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Identification of HIV

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.

Topics include:

  • Genome organization and replication of HIV;
  • Endogenous retroviruses;
  • The cell biology of HIV life cycle and cell to cell spread;
  • Restriction factors of HIV,
  • Mechanisms of HIV latency and HIV Reservoirs;
  • HIV infection & innate immunity; Host Control of HIV infection;
  • HIV transmission and animal models;
  • Mother to child transmission of HIV;
  • HIV treatment & future therapeutic strategies;
  • Vaccination strategies and ongoing clinical trials.

One of the highlights of course will be the participation of Professor Françoise BARRE-SINOUSSI.

To celebrate its 10th edition, the course will also include a special scientific symposium with alumni from the HKU-Pasteur Virology courses and researchers from the Institut Pasteur International Network.

Check the website for announcement and programme updates.

10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on HIV / AIDS

06 Sep 2012

EU Support to Students of the 9th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course

EU support to the students of the 9th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course and unfailing effort to train and nurture virologists of tomorrow must be praised, especially during this enduring financial crisis. 

Four representatives of EU-funded networks ANTIGONE and PREDEMICS attended the course on Viral Zoonoses and their testimonial is available here:

  • Ms Essia BELARBI (Institut Pasteur, France)
  • Ms Gundrun FREIDL (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands)
  • Ms Livia PATRONO (Universita Padua, Italy)
  • Ms Nidia TROVAO (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Livia, an Italian Doctor of Veterinay Medicine and PhD student is studying the mechanisms of transmission of avian influenza virus (H9N2) in pigs using swine respiratory explants. In Hong Kong, she had the opportunity to interact with experts in the field during the practical course organised by Dr Renee CHAN and Dr Michael CHAN. She was the recipient of a travel award generously offered by the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau and was welcomed by Mr Luca FRATICELLI, Consul.

Last but not least, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau also offered a one-week trip to Institut Pasteur in Paris, France to the best student of the course, Ms Jana McCASKILL.

On behalf of the directors of the course and the students, we would like to thank again the EU and the Consulate General of France and Italy in Hong Kong and Macau for their generous support.

Mr Luca FRATICELLI with Ms Livia PATRONO

From left to right, Mr Luca FRATICELLI, Ms Livia PATRONO and Dr Roberto BRUZZONE
 

06 Sep 2012

Pasteur Paris University International Doctoral Programme 2013-2014

An International Ph.D. Programme (the Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral program) was created in 2009 in the vibrant research environment of the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. The Institut Pasteur is now accepting applications for the next year. The deadline for application is December, 15th 2012. The graduate Program starts in October 2013. General information about the Ph.D. Program and its application procedures can be found online: http://www.pasteur.fr/doctoralpositions

The programme targets students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) in Life Science, Medicine or related fields from a non-French university. All students accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship covering tuition and living expenses. Note that the courses are in English and a knowledge of French is not required. Eligibility criteria are listed on the website (see "FAQ" and "administration").

If you need any further information, please write to phd@pasteur.fr.

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Pasteur Paris University International Doctoral Programme 2013-2014

 

03 Sep 2012

HKU-Pasteur Courses Series 2013

The programme of the annual HKU-Pasteur courses series in 2013 is now available.

  • Imaging Host-Pathogen Interactions (HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course, 14-26 April 2013);
  • HIV / AIDS (HKU-Pasteur Virology Course, 14-26 July 2013);
  • Innate Immunity & Inflammation (HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course, 17-29 November 2013).

Check the website for announcement and programme updates.

Click the poster of the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre 2013 Courses to download.

HKU-Pasteur Courses Series 2013