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30 Jul 2013

Meet Timothy at Sandrine ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE’s lab

Timothy SHUEN is our second recipient of the l'Oréal Research Scholarship to perform his internship at Sandrine ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE's lab.

He’s a PhD student supervised by Professor Maria LUNG from the Department of Clinical Oncology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. Timothy is studying a candidate tumor suppressor gene, Fibulin-2 (FBLN2), in nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC).

He has joined the Cell Polarity, Migration and Cancer Unit headed by Sandrine ETIENNE-MANEVILLE to work with Dr Jan HANISCH to examine the role of Rho GTPase in astrocyte migration.

Sponsored by L’Oréal Hong Kong and partnered with the HKU–Pasteur Research Centre and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the Scholarship aims at providing outstanding postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows and Hong Kong or Macau permanent residents with the opportunity of exposure to the research environment in France through participating in research work in laboratories of the Institut Pasteur, thereby better preparing them for future long-term professional development and career in scientific research.

More information available at www.loreal-scholarship.com. Check this website for update about the next round of applications.

Timohty SHUEN and ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE's team

Timohty SHUEN and ETIENNE-MANNEVILLE's team

Timothy in front of the Centre d'Information Scientifique

Timothy in front of the Centre d'Information Scientifique

Zoe WU, Timothy SHUEN and Victoria LAU in front of the Metchnikoff building

From left to right, Zoe WU, Timothy SHUEN and Victoria LAU, recipients of the Scholarship in front of the Metchnikoff building

30 Jul 2013

9th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course Best Student Award: Jana’s trip to Institut Pasteur in Paris

Last year Jana McCASKILL, PhD student at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) investigating novel therapeutics for acute respiratory viral infections was awarded best student of the 9th HKU-Pasteur Virology Courses on Zoonoses. She won a one-week trip to Institut Pasteur, Paris, France offered by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.

After receiving the award, Jana said “I am very honoured and excited to win this award. The HKU-Pasteur virology course was a phenomenal learning opportunity and I will treasure the friends and contacts I made during my time in Hong Kong.”
 

She added that the visit to Institut Pasteur would give her “the chance to share and develop my research and will enable me to return to UQDI with new knowledge, experiences and collaborations.” 



As she travelled to Paris on April 2013, Jana is sharing with us her travel impressions.

My week at the Institut Pasteur
"From April 13th until 19th I had the unique opportunity to spend a week at the Institut Pasteur in Paris funded by the French Consulate of Hong Kong and Macau. I arrived in beautiful Paris bright and early on the morning of Sunday 14th April after a long trip from Brisbane, Australia. My early arrival gave me the chance to be touristic and explore the city for the day, seeing the sights of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Musée d'Orsay.

I was met on Monday morning by Noël TORDO, director of the Antiviral Strategies unit at Institut Pasteur and my host for the week, for my first look at the Institut Pasteur. From Monday to Thursday my schedule was busy with meetings with virologists from all different areas of the Institut. I was fortunate to have discussions with many scientists and Unit leaders, including members from the CECCALDI, DESPRES, LAFON, REY, GESSAIN, BARRE-SINOUSSI, WAIN-HOBSON, SALEH, van der WERF, FAILLOUX, TORDO, and VIGNUZZI laboratories. During these discussions I learnt about the diverse range of research being conducted within each Unit.

On Friday I attended France’s virology conference the XVe Journées Francophones de Virologie, which was held at the Institut Pasteur. Virologists from all areas of France were in attendance and I was able to discuss their work during the poster session and at dinner on Thursday night. During the day on Friday I was also fortunate to visit the Pasteur museum and learn the history behind the Institut. My week concluded with meeting members of the international student contingent and exploring more of Paris on Saturday before my departure.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Noël TORDO and all the members of Institut Pasteur who donated their time to ensure my trip was comprehensive and extremely memorable. I would also like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the French Consulate of Hong Kong and Macau who graciously funded my journey."

Jana McCASKILL's trip to Institut Pasteur, Paris

26 Jul 2013

Virology Course 10th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

10 Years of the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Anniversary Scientific Symposium

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HKU-Pasteur Virology course we are organizing a scientific symposium on 26 July 2013 in Hong Kong. 
This symposium features presentations from an international group of alumni of the course and  is open to all interested students and faculty of HKU and other universities.

Programme:
The final programme is available here.

Session I: Gone with the viruses
Discussion Leaders: Huong Thi Que VU (Vietnam) & Peter CHEUNG (Hong Kong)

  • Veasna DUONG (Cambodia)
  • Myung-Jin KIM (Korea)
  • Mateusz KUDELKO (Hong Kong)
  • Kim-Tat TEOH (Singapore)

Session II: The best viruses of our lives
Discussion Leaders: Yong Ping LIN (China) & Harsha Perera (Hong Kong)

  • Jimmy LAI (Hong Kong)
  • Richard NJOUOM (Cameroon)
  • Vijaya PANDEY (India)
  • Shanny TANG (China)

Session III: All about Flu
Discussion Leaders: Olive LI (Hong Kong) & Ben BAILLY (China)

  • Vinod Rmt BALASUBRAMANIAM (Malaysia)
  • Renee CHAN (Hong Kong)
  • Chris MOK (Hong Kong)
  • Wei WANG (China)

Session IV: A virus for all seasons
Discussion Leaders: Ying FAN (Hong Kong) & Philippe BUCHY (Cambodia)

  • Jason KAM (Singapore)
  • Inez MEDADO (Philippines)
  • My Vu Tra PHAN (Vietnam)
  • Jin SUN (China)

Date: 
26 July 2013

Time: 
8:00 - 18:30

Venue: 
Seminar Room 1 A/B, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Online registration: 
http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/hkuevent.aspx?guest=Y&service=23720

For enquiries please contact Anne Li at +852 2816 8403 or hku-pasteur@hku.hk

Click the poster to download.

10 Years of the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Anniversary Scientific Symposium

22 Jul 2013

10 Years of the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Anniversary Scientific Symposium

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HKU-Pasteur Virology course we are organizing a scientific symposium on 26 July 2013 in Hong Kong.
This symposium features presentations from an international group of alumni of the course and is open to all interested students and faculty of HKU and other universities.

Date:
26 July 2013

Time:
8:00 - 18:30

Venue:
Seminar Room 1 A/B, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Online registration:
http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/hkuevent.aspx?guest=Y&service=23720

Detailed information about the programme is available here.

Click here to download the programme.

Click the poster to download.

10 Years of the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Anniversary Scientific Symposium

13 Jul 2013

10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Open Public Lectures

The programme of the Virology Seminar Series of the 10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course is now available.

This year we have brought together world-class HIV / AIDS experts to Hong Kong.

ALL ARE WELCOME.

Check our website for programme updates and lecture's announcement.

Click the poster to download.

10th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course: Open Public Lectures