Scientific Congress

- 8th Asia Pacific Congress on Medical Virology, Viral Diseases: New Challenges - New Solutions, February 26-28, 2009, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre -

Asia has been at the epicentre of emerging viral diseases during the last decade, with enterovirus 71, Nipah, SARS, avian flu and chikungunya being some recent examples. The 8th Asia Pacific Congress on Medical Virology, which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Feb 26-28, 2009, will provide a forum to discuss some of these challenges. This 8th edition is organized by the Hong Kong Society for Microbiology and Infection under the auspices of The Asia Pacific Society of Medical Virology. The congress is held in the region once every three years and benefits the Asia Pacific Society for Medical Virology (APSMV) members who are mainly from developing countries since 1988. Previous meetings have been held in Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi.


Pr Malik Peiris, Scientific Director of HKU-PRC is the Congress Chairman for the Organization Committee.

Dr Jean-Michel Garcia will present the Centre’s work on “Pseudotyoed lentiviral particles: multi-potent tool for the investigation of influenza” (Oral Presentation, Abstract #89, Viral Diagnostics, Presentation 1, Feb 27 Feb). Dr Pei Gang Wang will present the Centre’s work on “Characterization od dengue 1 viral like particle ant its intracellular trafficking” (Oral Presentation, Abstract #86, Vector Borne Diseases, Presentation 4, Feb 28 Feb). Dr François Kien wil present the Centre’s work on “Definition of the cellular interactomes of SARS-CoV and the highly pathogenic Influenza H5N1 virus: identification of human cellular regulators of viral entry, assembly and egress” (Poster, Abstract #052, Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, Feb 26, 2009). Pr Vincent Deubel, Director of Institut Pasteur Shanghai - Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr Philippe Buchy, Head of molecular virology lab at Institut Pasteur Cambodia are among the invited speakers.

The scientific programme is available here.