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22 Jun 2018

[New deadline] Call for application: Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics at HKU-Pasteur

Registrations are now open for the Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics course jointly organized by HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and C3BI this October in Hong Kong. This introductory course aims to give the basic theoretical and practical concepts, best practices, and software necessary to start working on molecular phylogenetics and its applications to epidemiology. The course will have theoretical morning sessions followed by small groups practice for a few selected students with their own data.

C3BI Courses: Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics

Online application form

Course dates:
Monday, October 22nd to Saturday, October 27th, 2018
 
Deadline for application: August 20th Midnight

Faculty: 

Chair: Olivier GASCUEL, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France)

Veronika BOSKOVA, ETH Zürich (Switzerland); Sebastian DUCHENE, University of Melbourne (Australia); Julien GUGLIELMINI, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France); Tommy LAM, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Frédéric LEMOINE, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France); Hein Min TUN, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Tim VAUGHAN, ETH Zürich (Switzerland); Anna ZHUKOVA, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France)

Topics:

Introduction to phylogeny: general principles for the inference, interpretation of trees, and application to infectious diseases; Introduction to the math behind the trees and evolutionary models; Distance and parsimony methods; Maximum likelihood methods; Bayesian methods, phylodynamics; Branch supports, bootstrapping; How to select the best method and evolutionary model; Tree dating, reconstructing and using character evolution; Molecular epidemiology.

Pre-requisites:

- Basic knowledge on how to use sequence databanks
- Basic knowledge using Blast and multiple alignments software
- Basic knowledge on statistics (tests, distributions, parameter estimation)
 
Applications:
Open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas. The course fees are 500HK for the theory sessions and 1000HK for the full course. Students coming from the Institut Pasteur international Network will have the fees waived Please fill in the following application form before August 20th Midnight (HK time): Online form.

19 Jun 2018

[Seminar] Marcel Bokelmann (Robert Koch Institute) and Mart Lamers (Erasmus MC) at HKU-Pasteur

HKU-Pasteur will host Marcel Bokelmann from Robert Koch Institute and Mart Lamers from Erasmus MC for an afternoon seminar on Friday, 29 June 2018. 

Studying Factors for Ebola Virus Entry in a Potential Reservoir Host

Marcel Bokelmann

Biosketch: Marcel Bokelmann graduated with a Master’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2014, where he studied Biophysics and Molecular Biology. For his thesis he worked on functional analyzes of the Sin Nombre hantavirus nucleocapsid protein within the Institute of Virology at the Charité, Berlin. Since 2015 he has been working at the Robert Koch Institute in the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens on various projects, one highlight being the ERINHA (European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents) project in 2015. One aim of the project was to develop a standardized training procedure for BSL-4 laboratories in Europe. In his research he is focussing on African insectivorous bats as a potential reservoir of Ebolaviruses.

MERS Coronavirus Host Interactions at the Subcellular Level

Mart Lamers

Biosketch: Mart Lamers (1992) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre department of Viroscience, working in the coronavirus research group. His main interest is the interplay between virus and host at a subcellular and evolutionary level. He is intrigued by how coronaviruses switch host species. Highly pathogenic zoonotic coronaviruses, such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, serve as ideal models to study these aspects of biology. Lamers has published 13 papers in international peer-reviewed journals of which 3 as first author. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Amsterdam and his Master’s degree in Infection and Immunity at the Erasmus Medical Centre. Currenly he is finishing his PhD thesis that focuses on the subcellular interactions of coronaviruses with their host species.

Date: Friday, 29 June 2018

Time: 16:30

Venue: Room 7-03, 7th floor, HKJC Building for IR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam 

01 Jun 2018

Croucher Summer Course: everything is getting ready!

The Croucher Summer Course on Emerging Viral Infections is just one month away now, everything is getting ready to host the 24 students for the course at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole from July 1st to 7th. The participants will be split into five groups, working on five different topics: 

  • Theme 1: Ecology, evolution and inter-species transmission of avian influenza viruses
  • Theme 2: Pathogenesis, host response and innate-immunity
  • Theme 3: Epidemiology of avian influenza and disease modeling 
  • Theme 4: Clinical disease, diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Theme 5: Vaccine development 

This new course series will address the grand challenges of containing emerging viral infections with an inclusive One-Health approach combining the fields of animal and human health. Special emphasis will be placed on discussing cutting-edge approaches (such as the use of “omics” tools and the harnessing of big data) to investigate the interspecies transmission of pathogens, a major threat to human health.

Students already have access to an e-platform with preworkshop activities and lots of pre-course materials they should be familiarized with.

We are looking forward to welcome everyone, speakers, tutors and students in Hong Kong on July! See you soon!