The University of Hong Kong and Institut Pasteur Sign New Research Agreement: Establishment

of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole


On December 17, 2013 the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Institut Pasteur renewed their partnership by establishing the Hong Kong University-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP) under the School of Public Health of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU.


Professor Christian BRECHOT, President of the Institut Pasteur and Professor Lap-chee TSUI, Vice-Chancellor and President of HKU signed the agreement in the presence of Mr Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr Leo KUNG Lin-cheng, Chairman of HKU-PRC and Honorary Consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Professor Gabriel M LEUNG, Dean of Medicine, HKU and other distinguished guests.


Hong Kong and Institut Pasteur have long historical ties dating back to the end of the 19th century when Alexandre YERSIN, a disciple of Louis PASTEUR, discovered the bacteria responsible for the Black Death Plague (known after his name as “Yersinia pestis”) during the 1894 outbreak in Hong Kong. HKU and Institut Pasteur started their long-time partnership with the creation of HKU-Pasteur Research Centre (HKU-PRC) in 1999. With the renewal of the agreement, HKU-PRP will be a fully integrated laboratory in the Center of Influenza Research and the School of Public Health of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, and will continue in the footsteps of HKU-PRC to conduct research on influenza and viruses that are both global and regional threats.


HKU-PRP is a medical research laboratory that brings together two world-class academic and research institutions, HKU and Institut Pasteur, for the common goal of generating biological knowledge to advance the understanding and treatment of infectious diseases. HKU-PRP will provide opportunities and support for outstanding young scientists to undertake interdisciplinary research by harnessing the resources of the local and international environments in HKU and Institut Pasteur. HKU-PRP is a member of the Institut Pasteur International Network which is comprised of 32 institutes sharing the same vision and engaging in collaborative work for scientific research on the curbing of infectious diseases, training of specialists and improvement of public health services.


Read HKU's press release.

(From Left to Right) Professor Roberto BRUZZONE, CEO of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, Professor Christian BRECHOT, Director General of Institut Pasteur, Professor Lap-Chee TSUI, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Hong Kong and Mr Leo KUNG Lin-cheng, Chairman of HKU-Pasteur Research Centre sign a new research agreement today to establish the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole under the School of Public Health of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong.

(From Left to Right) Professor Malik PEIRIS, TAM Wah-ching Professor in Medical Science, Chair Professor and Acting Director of School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Professor Roberto BRUZZONE, CEO of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, Professor Christian BRECHOT, Director General of Institut Pasteur, Professor Lap-Chee TSUI, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Hong Kong , Mr Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Dr LEONG Che-hung, Chairman of Council, The University of Hong Kong , Mr Leo KUNG Lin-cheng, Chairman of HKU-Pasteur Research Centre, Professor Gabriel M LEUNG, Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong