Research News

28 Jun 2017

Theme-based Research on Viral, Host and Environmental Determinants of Influenza Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis/Centre of Influenza Research seminars

Sophie Valkenburg will join the seminar organised by the Theme-based Research on Viral, Host and Environmental Determinants of Influenza Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis and the Centre of Influenza Research on

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 4.30pm
at Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre, 2/F William MW Mong Block, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU.

Her talk is entitled “A Universally Protective T Cell Activating Vaccine does not Block Transmission”  

Dr Peng Wu from the School of Public Health will talk about “Epidemiology and Risk of Avian Influenza

All are welcome!

27 Jun 2017

BioTech: Disruptive technologies enabling patient based drug discovery

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole has invited Ulf Nehrbass, Ksilink CEO (Strasbourg, France) and former director and founder of the Institut Pasteur Korea to give a seminar on biomedical translational research and drug development on Monday 3 July 2017, 11:30am. All are welcome.

Ksilink is a translational research centre, stemed from a Franco-German public/private partnership. The centre unites several stakeholders of biomedical research: the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), the University of Strasbourg, Manheim Faculty of Medicine at Heidelberg University, DKFZ (the German Cancer Research Center) and Sanofi. Its innovative scientific approach uses cell models derived from human diseases and obtained from patients stem cells, high-throughput screening of molecules with therapeutic potential, and disruptive technologies in cell imaging associated with computational deeplearning.
Ksilink directly connects basic, exploratory and applied clinical research with the goal of improving human health. It builds a professional network between excellent academics, pharmaceutical companies, SME, and biotech startups.

Ulf Nehrbass © Institut Pasteur Korea

15 Jun 2017

Conference at the University of Hong Kong: Next generation informatics for global health

The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (HKU) is organizing the international conference Next Generation Informatics for Global Health: Disease Dynamics and Digital Epidemiology which will be held at The University of Hong Kong on 17-19 July 2017. This conference aims to bring together leading scientists in epidemic modeling, phylodynamics and digital epidemiology to present their recent breakthroughs in and share their visions for global health informatics.

Keynote speakers include:

Simon Cauchemez (Institut Pasteur)
Scott Dowell (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Evgeniy Gabrilovich (Google)
Jennifer Gardy (The University of British Columbia)
Deirdre Hollingsworth (University of Warwick)
Katia Koelle (Duke University)
Muhammad Mamdani (St. Michael’s Hospital)
Oliver Pybus (University of Oxford)
Steven Riley (Imperial College London)
Colin Russell (University of Cambridge)
Marcel Salathe (École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne)
Elad Yom-Tov (Microsoft Research)

The tentative program is online. Please visit the website for more details and registration (deadline: 30 June 2017).

13 Jun 2017

International Conference: TRANSMISSION OF RESPIRATORY VIRUSES, Hong Kong, 19-21 June 2017

We are excited to announce that the international conference on Transmission of respiratory viruses: From basic science to evidence based options for control will take place in Harbour Grand Hotel, Hong Kong on 19-21 June 2017.

The Conference will bring together researchers working with different respiratory viruses and interested in transmission from different perspectives, including experimental animal models, experimental human infections, basic virology, evolution, the animal-human interface, studies of transmission in hospitals and in the community, infection control and aerobiology of transmission.

Our conference registration is open till 18 June 2017: see here

The Conference aims to cut across the divisions to bring together researchers to discuss 4 main themes:

  • Respiratory virus transmission among human
  • Animal models for virus transmission
  • Determinants of transmission
  • Control of respiratory virus transmission

See details on the conference website.

For any question, please contact the Conference Secretariat by email (

We cordially invite you to join us in the beautiful city of Hong Kong!

Prof. Malik Peiris
Conference Chair