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16 Aug 2018

Call for application: 10th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course

The programme for the 2018 Immunology Course is ready:

10th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course

Date: December 2-14, 2018

Deadline for applications: September 14, 2018

Application form / Tips for application / Programme

Fellowship: 3 fellowships of 3,000HKD each will be awarded for this course

This course will highlight 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.

DirectorsRoberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) - James DI SANTO (France) - Liwei LU (Hong Kong) - Sophie VALKENBURG (Hong Kong)

FacultyCatherine BEAUCHEMIN (Canada) - Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) - Tineke CANTAERT (Cambodia) - Chris COTSAPAS (USA) - James DI SANTO (France) - Darragh DUFFY (France) - Florent GINHOUX (Singapore) - Valentina LIBRI (France) - Liwei LU (Hong Kong) - Hugo MOUQUET (France) - Evan NEWELL (Singapore) - Mike STUBBINGTON (UK) - Stephen TSUI (Hong Kong) - Sophie VALKENBURG (Hong Kong)

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 all completed forms, including two letters of recommendation to hku-pasteur@hku.hk

The course (MMPH6174) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.

05 Jul 2018

Call for application: Hepatitis Workshop, Ho Chi Minh City

Applications are now open for our International Workshop at Institut Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:

Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Elimination of Viral Hepatitis

Application form / Tips for Application

Date: October 29 - November 2, 2018

Deadline for application: September 3, 2018

Venue: Training Center, Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

No registration fees / Accommodation will be provided

Topics:
Epidemiology of viral hepatitis; Diagnostic tests and ethical
considerations; Surveillance: purpose and methods, optimizing screening strategies, risk reduction; Surveillance: management, data analysis for communication and assessment of surveillance; Prevalence and burden of disease of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, HCC; Prevention and treatment: vaccines and antivirals; Access to treatment, infrastructure to monitor delivery and compliance; Role of government, NGOs, patients, industry.

Confirmed faculty: Roberto Bruzzone (Hong Kong); Benjamin Cowie (Australia); Hoang Quoc Cuong (Vietnam); Jennifer MacLachlan (Australia); Nguyen Thi Na (Vietnam); Yusuke Shimakawa (France);

Participants’ Profile: The course is specically designed for health personnel, mainly but not exclusively from countries in South East Asia, including medical and health professionals, policy makers, disease researchers interested in expanding their critical understanding of the complex issues to combat viral hepatitis in the context of the global WHO strategy towards its elimination as a public health threat.

Application: Please return the completed form, including 1-2 letters of recommendation, to hku-pasteur@hku.hk. Selected applicants will be notified by September 13, 2018.

 

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.

13 Jul 2018

End of the Croucher Summer Course on Emerging Viral Infections

The first edition of the Croucher Summer Course on Emerging Viral Infections was a success!

Frome July 1st to 7, 24 students from all around the world gathered at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole for an hectic week of lectures and workshop sessions, adressing the grand challenges of containing emerging viral infections, with an inclusive One-Health approach, combining the fields of animal and human health.

Many thanks to all the participants, students and faculty. The HKU-Pasteur team really wishes you the best!

Stay tuned on our website and our Facebook page for more information about our other courses.

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!

 

04 Apr 2018

End of the 8th Cell Biology course

Once again the Cell Biology course was a success!

From 14th to 23th of March, HKU-Pasteur held the 8th Cell Biology course, providing 19 students with concepts in quantitative and targeted proteomics approaches to probe the underlying cell biology of human diseases, thanks to our marvelous team of speakers and tutors.

To conclude this hectic week, that started with the visit of the French schooner Tara, all the students and lecturers were invited to a celebration dinner where the participants received their Certificate of Attendance in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Many thanks to everyone, all the HKU-Pasteur’s team wishes you the best and would be delighted to see you soon! 

Stay tuned on the HKU-Pasteur website and on our Facebook page for the next courses.

15 Mar 2018

Croucher Summer Course - new deadline for applications: 5 April 2018

New deadline for applications: 5 April 2018

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.

Emerging Viral Infections

The One-Health Approach

Date: 1 – 7 July 2018

All applications should be submitted through the dedicated portal:

APPLICATION PORTAL

 

This course is open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas.

Registration fees (HKD3,000) include accommodation (on sharing twin basis) and lunch (canteen-style).

For more information please contact Course Secretariat at hku-pasteur@hku.hk.

14 Mar 2018

Out on a schooner: the 8th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course starts and sails away!

The 2018 Cell Biology course at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole has started! We focus this year on proteomics in cell biology of human diseases, welcoming 19 bright participants from diverse backgrounds and institutions.

After a morning dedicated to self-presentations and introduction to the course objectives, how to start the 10 days together the best way? By paying a visit to Tara, the famous French aluminium schooner used for scientific expeditions around the world. The boat is currently moored in Hong Kong, one of her Asian stopovers on the way of the Tara Pacific expedition that has started in 2016. The scientific goal of this expedition is to study the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, home of a great diversity of marine species but under the threat of climate change.

Chris Bowler, plant and algal genomics researcher in Paris and former scientific coordinator of the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013) that carried out an inventory of planktons in the world’s oceans, guided the Cell Biology Course students through the ship. A chance to get details about the boat itself, the scientific missions, the people onboard, the science equipments…



We all thank the Tara Expeditions people for offering us such an enriching opportunity! While Tara’s next stopover will be in Xiamen, the participants’ next destination is intense cell biology lectures and hands-on practical sessions with a world-renowned faculty team.

And last but not least, thanks to the sponsors that make this course possible: the Pasteur Foundation Asia, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and the Institut Pasteur International Network!

13 Mar 2018

Cell Biology Course: the final programme is available!

The Cell Biology Course on proteomics in cell biology of human diseases starts soon, you can already take a look at the final programme and the course information.

PROGRAMME 

This year’s course will include lectures and practical sessions to provide students with concepts in quantitative and targeted proteomic approaches to probe the underlying cell biology of human diseases.

Faculty:

Oreste ACUTO (United Kingdom)

Chris BOWLER (France)

Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong)
Pedro CARVALHO (United Kingdom)

Philippe CHAVRIER (France)

Benedikt KESSLER (United Kingdom)
Paul LEHNER (United Kingdom)

Alexandra NABA (USA)

Terence Chuen-Wai POON (Macau)

Liliana RADOSHEVICH (USA)
Sumana SANYAL (Hong Kong)

Florian SCHMIDT (Germany)

Remigiusz SERWA (United Kingdom)

George TSAO (Hong Kong)

Michael WEEKES (United Kingdom)

Zhongping YAO (Hong Kong)

Sara ZANIVAN (United Kingdom)
Chiara ZURZOLO (France) 

15 Jan 2018

Upcoming course: Croucher Summer Course on Emerging Viral Infections

Applications are now open for the 2018 Croucher Summer Course:

Emerging Viral Infections

The One-Health Approach

Date: 1 – 7 July 2018

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2018

All applications should be submitted through the dedicated portal:

APPLICATION PORTAL 

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.

PROGRAMME

FACULTY

Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong)

Serge MORAND (France)

Simon CAUCHEMEZ (France)

Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong)

Ben COWLING (Hong Kong)

Leo POON (Hong Kong)

Christian DROSTEN (Germany)

Felix REY (France)

Emily GURLEY (USA)

Noel TORDO (Guinea)

Sandra JUNGLEN (Germany)

Anubis VEGA RUA (Guadeloupe)

Moritz KRAEMER (USA)

Marco VIGNUZZI (France)

Yee Sin LEO (Singapore)

Mark VON ITZSTEIN (Australia)

Chris MOK (Hong Kong)

Hui-Ling YEN (Hong Kong)

This course is open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas.

Registration fees (HKD3,000) include accommodation (on sharing twin basis) and lunch (canteen-style).

For more information please contact Course Secretariat at hku-pasteur@hku.hk.