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Road to COP21: climate change and one-health strategy, the role of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole

Through interdisciplinary research and international teaching programs, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole will take an active part in the Center for Global Health instigated by Institut Pasteur to respond to the current health challenges in a globalized context. Oriented toward a "One-Health" approach, the Pasteur Center for Global Health includes climate change pressure.

Climate change is a major threat to global health in the 21st century with growing impacts of climate on human populations. One of these impacts relates to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Changes in temperature and precipitation affect vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, modifying pathogen-host interaction, ecosystems and species composition or distribution.

As the determinants of health are converging and interventions are increasingly interdependent, analyses and responses to current global threats require a concerted global approach including climate change issue and improved understanding of major global health challenges through research and public health actions. For Institut Pasteur, the grand challenge is now to set up a new global paradigm that will be able to enhance human, animal and environmental health by developing multi-disciplinary research projects of international excellence through the integration of basic, clinical and epidemiological research spanning the animal-human-environment interface, i.e. an inclusive One-Health approach, fostered by the creation of the Pasteur Center for Global Health.

As the hub of the Institut Pasteur International Network in Asia, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP) takes part in this approach. Focusing on the interface between humans and the environment, comprising animals and microbes, HKU-PRP will develop interdisciplinary research projects to improve knowledge of diseases and promote transformative discoveries that will impact the most affected populations. Besides strengthening synergy between research and education by establishing a comprehensive training program, HKU-PRP will reinforce scientific knowledge and technical skills to train and equip the next generation of researchers and global health leaders.

You can download our booklet presenting the main objectives of HKU-PRP here.

Visit the Pasteur Center for Global Health (CGH) website, please follow this link.


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