19 Mar 2013

Professor Malik PEIRIS Conference on SARS at the French International School (19 March 2013)

In March 2003, Professor Malik PEIRIS and his colleagues from the Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong discovered that a novel coronavirus was the aetiological agent of SARS.

For the 10th anniversary of this discovery, Malik PEIRIS will give a conference at the French International School and will tell how he tracked down the infamous SARS-Coronavirus.

Photos of the event are available on our Facebook page.

19 March 2013

6:00 PM

French International School
Jardine's Lookout Auditorium
34 Price Road, Jardine's Lookout

All are welcome.

SARS-CoV HKU discoverers

Professor Malik PEIRIS is Professor of Microbiology at The University of Hong Kong. He is a virologist with a particular interest in viruses that cross and animal-human interface to cause human disease. His current research interests are the ecology, epidemiology, clinical disease burden, evolution and pathogenesis of animal and human influenza viruses and other human respiratory viruses. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (2006), awarded the Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France (2007) and the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2005/2006).

06 Mar 2013

Patrick DEVILLE, Author of “Plague & Cholera” Visits HKU-PRP (5 March 2013)

The author of “Plague & Cholera” Patrick DEVILLE was in Hong Kong where Alexandre YERSIN discovered the plague bacillus in 1894.

Patrick DEVILLE with Dr Isabelle DUTRY and Dr François KIEN followed the footsteps of Alexandre YERSIN in Tai Ping Shan street where the bubonic plague erupted into this overcrowded Chinese quarter in May 1984. He visited the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences where a bronze portrait statue of YERSIN was unveiled in 2009 as a tribute to his role in identification and isolation of the bacillus Yersinia pestis in June 1894.
Patrick DEVILLE also visited HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and met Dr Roberto BRUZZONE who presented our research and teaching activities and the Institut Pasteur International Network.

Patrick Deville and Yersin's bronze portrait statue in Hong Kong

At the end of the day, the FEMINA 2012 prizewinner signed and presented his book to the French-speaking community at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong.
This event was part of the French-speaking Festival in Hong Kong (March 5-22, 2013).

Patrick DEVILLE's conference at the University of Hong Kong


About Yersin (1863-1943):
Born 150 years ago in Switzerland, Yersin studied medicine first in Lausanne and then in Marburg, Germany. He joined the Institut Pasteur in 1886. Though mostly known as the discoverer of the bubonic plague bacillus, he was also remembered by many for introducing various plants and agricultural techniques and creating Pasteur institutes in Vietnam. He died 70 years ago in Nha Trang.

About the author:

French cosmopolitan writer and great traveller, Patrick DEVILLE (born in 1957) is the Director of the Maison des Ecrivain Etrangers et des Traducteurs in Saint-Nazaire, France and its related journal. His books have been translated into a dozen languages.

About the book:

Plague and Cholera is described as a "brilliant, absorbing, multi-layered novel" which relates Yersin’s story "but it is also a haunting rumination on the difficult birth of the twentieth century; on science, literature and art; on nationalism, colonialism and war; on the demands of progress and the pursuit of adventure.".