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21 Jul 2021

Roberto Bruzzone and HKU-Pasteur as a centre of excellence for teaching and training

HKU-Pasteur celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is the occasion to show you a little bit more about the people who make this lab a major research pole on infectious diseases, an innovative teaching center and a very special place for us all!

Today, meet Professor Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole since 2006. Prof Bruzzone is a cell biologist widely recognized for his work on direct cell-cell communication through connexins and their associated human diseases.

On this occasion, discover more about HKU-Pasteur centre of excellence for teaching and training in biomedical research:

The HKU-Pasteur Research Pole has pioneered an advanced life sciences teaching program to train a highly select group of students, who will be at the forefront of biomedical research in their countries. The program, based in Hong Kong, offers courses and international workshops every year that feature lectures from world-leading scientists. All HKU-Pasteur courses have also been approved by the Research Postgraduate Committee of the University of Hong Kong for inclusion in the curriculum of MPhil/PhD students.

The program was launched in 2004 with a Virology course, which received applications from students mainly originating from Hong Kong and Mainland China. Since then, recruitment has progressively widened to include applicants from most Asian countries and all over the world.

HKU-Pasteur courses are extremely competitive and are a benchmark of training in biomedical research. Topics are selected taking into account their importance in the scientific community, recent breakthroughs, exceptional circumstances (pandemics, emerging pathogens), and technical developments, and leading scientists on each topic participate in the course. A special feature of our courses is the combination of lectures with practical workshops under the supervision of local and guest teams. The practical workshops offer the possibility to understand conceptual and technical challenges in the selected field by tackling an experimental question. This approach also has the advantage of promoting teamwork and strong interactions between students and tutors.

HKU-Pasteur courses promote the fundamental Pasteurian value that science belongs to humanity, and we strive to share it with altruism. We welcome students from a diversity of backgrounds and from countries with markedly different resources, and we bring them together to provide an inclusive environment for a unique Master Class experience. This training program has enhanced the visibility and international reputation of Hong Kong for higher education and research, intensified productive interactions between visiting scientists and the local scientific community and contributed to knowledge exchange initiatives that engage the public and promote scientific culture.

To know more about the research he conducts at HKU-Pasteur and other researchers from the Pole, browse the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole 20th Anniversary Book, 60 pages tracing back 20 years of  research, teaching, activities and more!

12 Jul 2021

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Fellowship Award Ceremony

A ceremony in honour of the laureates of the first edition of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Fellowship took place on 8 July 2021 at the Residence of France.

The HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Fellowship enables students in master, doctoral or post-doctoral studies at universities in Hong Kong and Macao to pursue their research project during a three-month internship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, in the laboratory of their choice.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Ms Diane-Sophie Trévoux, Attachée for cooperation at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Professor Roberto Bruzzone and Professor Leo Poon, both co-directors of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, the sponsors of the programme, as well as the three scholarship holders, their supervisors and their families.

The event was an opportunity to thank the three main sponsors of the programme alongside the Consulate General of France: the Legion of Honour Club Hong Kong Chapter, represented by Mr Henry Tang, BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch, represented by its CEO Mr Hugo Leung, and the Pasteur Foundation Asia, represented by its former President,Mr Leo Kung.

In 2021, for the first edition of this programme, three laureates were selected for the quality of their research project:

  • Mr Ye Peng, a doctoral student at the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, who will be doing his internship in the Institut Pasteur and CNRS Biological Image Analysis Laboratory under the supervision of Dr Elisabeth Labruyère.
  • Dr Simon Chi-Chin Shiu, post-doctoral student at the School of Biomedical Sciences of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, who will carry out his internship in the Laboratory of Bio-Organic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids of the Institut Pasteur and CNRS under the supervision of Dr Marc Hollenstein.
  • Mr Terence Tak Wang Lee, a PhD student at the School of Biomedical Sciences of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, who will be doing his internship under the supervision of Dr Thomas Wollert in the Membrane and Transport Biochemistry Laboratory of the Institut Pasteur and CNRS.

A traditional French lunch, which followed the ceremony, allowed the laureates, members of the jury and sponsors to exchange on biomedical research in France and Hong Kong and on the professional projects of the laureates.

You can find more information on the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole Fellowship here.

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08 Jul 2021

Malik Peiris and HKU-Pasteur as a leader of global projects

HKU-Pasteur celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is the occasion to show you a little bit more about the people who make this lab a major research pole on infectious diseases, an innovative teaching center and a very special place for us all!

Today, meet Professor Malik Peiris, Honorary Director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole since 2006 to July 2020.  Prof Peiris is a world-renowned clinical and public health virologist with a particular interest in emerging virus disease at the animal-human interface including influenza, coronaviruses and others.

On this occasion, discover more about HKU-Pasteur’s role as a leader in international scale projects:

HKU-Pasteur also leads a number of global projects.  Roberto Bruzzone is the Chair of the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium, a network of networks that aims to ensure clinical researchers have the open access protocols and data-sharing processes needed to facilitate a rapid response to emerging diseases.  Leo Poon, the new Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, serves on WHO working groups for the diagnostics of influenza and COVID-19 and assisted over 70 countries to establish diagnostic capacity in the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Malik Peiris Honorary Director, continues to serve on a number of WHO working groups in relation to both influenza and coronaviruses and is the Co-Director of the WHO reference laboratories for H5 influenza and COVID-19 at HKU.

The development of a cluster of excellence on respiratory and emerging viruses within a global network has enabled the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole to exploit the translational potential arising from its scientific discoveries.  This long-term strategy has borne fruit with the establishment of a Center for Immunology & Infection at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks, a new chapter in the partnership between HKU and the Institut Pasteur, which will open in 2021.

Many key questions about the emergence, transmission and pathogenesis of seasonal viruses, such as influenza and pandemic ones such as the new SARS-CoV-2, remain unanswered.  With its strategic location, HKU-Pasteur is well placed to be at the forefront of an early warning and response system to emerging infectious diseases, and thus to fulfill its core mission.

 

To know more about the research he conducts at HKU-Pasteur and other researchers from the Pole, browse the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole 20th Anniversary Book, 60 pages tracing back 20 years of  research, teaching, activities and more!

06 Jul 2021

Will mRNA vaccins change human DNA?

TVB's team published the second video they have shot here at the Centre for Immunology & Infection to ask Professor Leo Poon about COVID-19 vaccination.

In this video, TVB asked Hongkongers about their interrogations on the mRNA vaccin technology.

>>> Watch the video