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April 11, 2019
The 2017 pulmonary plague epidemic in Madagascar characterized by researchers
Plague is an endemic disease in Madagascar. It shows a seasonal upsurge each year between September and April, especially in the Central Highlands located at an altitude of more than 800m. In 2017, an unprecedented outbreak of pulmonary plague occurred on the large island, mainly affecting the capital Antananarivo and Toamasina, the island's main port. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar and the Institut Pasteur in Paris, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health of Malagasy, the World Health Organization and international experts described the extent of the 2017 pulmonary plague epidemic in Madagascar and the dynamics of its transmission. The researchers' analysis revealed a dominance of the pulmonary form which represents 78% of the 2414 reported clinical suspect cases, with the number of confirmed or probable cases of pulmonary plague doubling on average every 5 days after the initial phase of the epidemic. The results of this study are published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The 2019 "Prince Albert II of Monaco - Institut Pasteur" Prize is awarded to Joacim Rocklöv
During the Monaco Ocean Week, on Thursday 28 March, His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince Albert II, in the presence of Professor Stewart Cole, Director General of the Institut Pasteur, awarded the "Prince Albert II of Monaco - Institut Pasteur" prize to Professor Joacim Rocklöv for his research work on climate-related arbovirus epidemics. Since 2012, this prize has been awarded to researchers who have made significant contributions to the study of the impact of environmental changes on human health.
A look back at 8 years of consecutive measles epidemics in the Central African Republic
From 2007 to 2015, the Central African Republic experienced regular measles epidemics. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur de Bangui made a synthesis about national data on the disease and vaccination coverage rates. The outbreaks of measles broke out each year in the Central African Republic between December and March, with a peak in February. A low average immunization coverage was estimated at 49%. These results are published in Plos One magazine.
In the media: the diagnosis of Angiostrongylus meningitis
Angiostrongyloses are parasitic infections caused by microscopic worms. These infections cause meningitis, especially in fragile people, including young children. They are transmitted by the giant African snails (purchaseins) widely distributed in the West Indies and frequently found in the gardens. The Institut Pasteur de la Guadeloupe and the Centre Hospitalier de la Basse Terre, in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Martinique and Grenoble, have adapted a rapid and reliable diagnosis of Angiostrongylus meningitis, the only test currently available in France and the Caribbean. The use of this diagnostic in Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana and being part of the MALIN project funded by the European Union and the Guadeloupe Region, offers faster management of these infections and reduces the risk of serious sequelae.
Registration now open for the 6th edition of the MOOC “Concepts and methods in Epidemiology”
Date of the course: April, 8 - May,19 2019
Launched for the first time in 2014 by Professor Arnaud Fontanet (Institut Pasteur/Cnam), the MOOC “Concepts and methods in Epidemiology” is now open on the FUN Platform. Across 6 weeks, the MOOC is based around the key principles of descriptive and analytical epidemiology. It addresses risk indicators, formulation of scientific hypotheses, study design, population sampling, statistical analysis and evaluation of biases and confounding factors. Theoretical concepts are complemented by practical exercises and illustrations drawn from real-life situations. The course also covers the main principles of causality and the levels of proof required to show causality.
Fifth International Course “Viruses and Human Cancers”
Date and place: 08 - 13 July 2019 ; Rome, Italy
Application deadline : May 15, 2019
This course (7 days) is at the intersection between virology, immunology and cancer. The aim of the course is to educate graduates and post-graduates with understanding and expertise in virology, with a particular focus on viruses and human cancers. In addition, mechanisms by which viruses escape from the immune system will be discussed. This specific theoretical knowledge will provide students with the critical judgement and skills to pursue a career in virology, immunology and cancer. This course is funded by the Pasteur International Network Association.
International course in medical entomology
Date and place : June 10 to 23, 2019, Institut Pasteur du Laos
Application deadline : April 30, 2019
The 2019 International Medical Entomology Workshop will take place from June 10 to 23, 2019 at the Institut Pasteur du Laos. Jointly led by Paul Brey (Institut Pasteur du Laos) and Anna-Bella Failloux (Institut Pasteur in Paris), it will combine theoretical and practical approaches to train participants in biology, disease vector control and the pathogens they transmit. This course is funded by the Pasteur International Network Association.
International scientific conference "130 Years of Institut Pasteur: Celebrating Science"
Date and place: May 15-17, 2019, Institut Pasteur, Paris
All Institut Pasteur collaborator are invited to the international scientific conference entitled “130 years of Institut Pasteur: celebrating Science” to be held from May 15-17, 2019 at the Institut Pasteur. This conference will be an occasion to present the research undertaken at the Institut Pasteur, resulting from 130 years of excellence. The invited speakers at this conference will be not only early career scientists and established researchers from the Institut Pasteur, but also high-level external experts, who have a strong affiliation with the Institut Pasteur. Registration is free for Pasteurians who are members of the Institut Pasteur International Network but mandatory (travel and accommodation costs remain the responsibility of the participants).
The Pasteur Institute Korea organizes a symposium on the occasion of its 15th anniversary
Date and place: April 24, 2019, Institut Pasteur de Corée
The Pasteur Institute Korea is celebrating its 15th anniversary and is organizing a symposium on the theme of artificial intelligence: "Artificial Intelligence - driven phenomic-based drug discovery". The Institute recalls the importance of its screening platform, which has enabled the development of a "Phenomic Screening" technology with its own algorithm IM (Imaging Mining Algorithm). This tool is used to identify drug candidates in the field of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, emerging viruses such as the MERS virus or dengue fever.
A look back at Sciensano's first year
IOn the occasion of Sciensano's first year, its Managing Director Myriam Sneyers reviews the year 2018. A list of the 15 projects, major publications and 2018 figures are available online. The result of the merger between the former Scientific Institute of Public Health (SIPH, a member of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes) and the Centre for Veterinary and Agrochemical Studies and Research (CERVA), Sciensano entered the Belgian health landscape on 1 April 2018 and remained a member of the Institut Pasteur International Network.
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