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May 10, 2019
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Pierre-Marie Girard appointed as the Institut Pasteur's Vice-President International Affairs
On a proposal from Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur, Professor Pierre-Marie Girard has been appointed as the Institut Pasteur's Vice-President International Affairs. This decision was approved by the Institut Pasteur Board of Directors on April 19, 2019. Pierre-Marie Girard is Head of the Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Department at Saint-Antoine Hospital (part of the Paris Public Hospital Network, or AP-HP), and a Professor in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Sorbonne University Faculty of Medicine. He has taken office on May 2, 2019.
Neurological impact of the Zika virus finally exposed
Zika virus infection is still a global public health problem. The causative agent is the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus. Numerous outbreaks have been reported in Asia and Africa since 2007, and more recently in Central and South America. Although the virus is well known to researchers and physicians, the incidence of neurological complications and their clinical profiles and prognoses remain a genuine mystery. In a study published in Neurology, teams of researchers at various institutions including the Institut Pasteur in Paris and Institut Pasteur de la Guaddeloupe revealed the long-term effects of this virus.
Inauguration of the Regional Biobank of ECOWAS countries at the Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire
Under the sponsorship of the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr Abdallah Albert Mabri Toikeuse, and his counterpart for Environment and Sustainable Development Prof Seka Seka Joseph, a ceremony to inaugurate a new biobank facility took place on 25 April 2019 in the presence of 300 people. Located on the Adiopodoumé site (Abidjan-Dabou axis) of the Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire (IPCI), this Biobank makes it possible to store high-risk micro-organisms in safe conditions for research purposes. Co-chaired with the French Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Gilles Huberson, the inauguration took place in the presence of the WHO Resident Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, Dr Jean Marie Yameogo, the ECOWAS Resident Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Babakar Carlos M'Baye representing the Director General of WAHO, Prof. Stanley Okolo and the Swiss Ambassador.
The Institut Pasteur de la Guyana brings together river experts around health
From 15 to 19 April 2019, the Guyana hosted the 8th international session of IAGF (Association d'Initiatives pour l'Avenir des Grands Fleuves) at the invitation of the Institut Pasteur of Guyana to conduct a reflection on the links between the rivers and human health, with the example of the Maroni River. This meeting, chaired by the President of the Association, Mr Eric Orsenna, Member of the French Academy and Ambassador of the Pasteur Institute, brought together over five days, many river managers and international specialists in water, biodiversity and health.
Final meeting of the cooperation project between Laos and Japan for Parasitic Diseases
Final meeting of the JICA/AMED SATREPS project for “Development of Innovative Research Technique in Genetic Epidemiology of Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases in Laos PDR for Containment of Their Expanding Endemicity” was held in Laos on 2nd April 2019, to disseminate outcomes of this five-years project. This project was implemented at Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL), led by Dr. Paul Brey, Project Manager of the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) and Director of IPL, with kind support of Dr. Bouasy Hongvanthong, Project Director of the SATREPS and ex-Director of Center of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (CMPE), the Ministry of Health in Laos. Three important parasitic diseases in Laos, namely, Malaria, Schistosomiasis (blood fluke) and Opisthorchiasis (liver fluke) were targeted and real progress has been made. For example, high-sensitive and accurate diagnostic methods (PCR and LAMP methods) were developed, allowing to detect asymptomatic malaria carriers in the endemic areas.
International Training Courses 2020: the call is open!
Submission deadline: June 20, 2019
Each year the Pasteur International Network Association issues a call for proposals for courses and training workshops aimed primarily at research scientists, technicians and students from the Institut Pasteur International Network, as well as people from other institutions (e.g. ministries or universities), who can subsequently put their knowledge to use in other national or regional organizations.
Excellence scholarship Françoise Barré-Sinoussi to follow the Master of International Health in Bordeaux
Application deadline : June 6, 2019
Concerned about access to training for health personnel from resource-limited countries, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the discovery of HIV, has agreed to give her name to an excellence scholarship aimed at French-speaking health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa or South-East Asia, involved in research on HIV and viral hepatitis in their country, planning to register for the Bordeaux University International Health Master's course. The selection of candidates will be carried out by an international pedagogical and scientific committee. The Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Excellence Scholarship was made possible thanks to the financial support of the ANRS and logistics of Inserm and the CROUS of Bordeaux.
13th International Yersinia Symposium
Date and place: September 16-19, 2019, Antananarivo
Abstract submission deadline : 20 juin 2019.
The 13th International Yersinia Symposium, co-organized by the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar and the Malagasy Ministry of Public Health, will be held in Madagascar from 16-19 September 2019 in Antananarivo. The International Yersinia Symposium is a unique event, allowing researchers to share their knowledge on diverse research topics including bacteriology, epidemiology, infection and immunity, genomics and evolution, disease surveillance and control, biosafety and biosecurity. This event will bring together researchers across the world, working on the genus Yersinia. Participants will have the choice to present their work, or to simply attend the meeting. Abstracts for oral or poster communication will be evaluated by the scientific committee.
17th International Congress of Immunology
Date and place: October 19-23, 2019, Beijing, China
Abstract submission deadline: May 20, 2019
The 17th International Congress of Immunology (IUIS 2019) will be held from October 19 – 23, 2019 at the China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China. The Congress is co-organized by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and the Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI). IUIS 2019 Beijing brings together over 5,000 experts from all over the world, including international leaders at the forefront of basic immunology and clinical translation. Outstanding abstracts have the chance to be awarded with the following travel grants : AAI Travel Awards, EFIS-EJI Travel Grant, ASI Special Travel Award and CSI-African Travel Award.
Institut Pasteur Korea explores the AI-driven phenomic-based drug discovery research
Institut Pasteur Korea successfully completed an international symposium entitled “Artificial Intelligence(AI)-driven phenomic-based drug discovery” on Apr. 24, 2019 in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Institut Pasteur Korea, the symposium was held with the aim of establishing a foundation for new area of AI-based drug discovery research by combining the PhenomicScreen, a core drug discovery technology platform of Institut Pasteur Korea, with the AI, a key technology of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur, attended the symposium to broaden the opportunities for international research collaboration of Korea the as well as to strengthen exchanges in the field of science and technology between Korea and France.
Professor Stewart Cole in Hong Kong to further collaboration between Hong Kong University-Pasteur Research Pole and Institut Pasteur
The HKU-Pasteur Research Pole had the great pleasure to welcome Professor Stewart Cole, President of Institut Pasteur. Greeted by Professor Roberto Bruzzone and Professor Malik Peiris, the two Co-Directors of the pole, he had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the group leaders, praising the quality of their work, their dynamism and their enthusiasm. Professor Cole came to Hong Kong to present a joint HKU-Institut Pasteur project to the Inno@Health Committee, aiming at expanding the scope of collaboration between the two institutions.
The annual Liaison Council of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
On Tuesday, April 30, His Excellency Professor ENG Huot, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, representing His Excellency Professor MAM Bunheng, Minister of Health, convened the annual Liaison Council of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC). At this Council, the Director of the IPC, Dr Didier Fontenille, presented the public health activities, training portfolio, and scientific achievements for 2018, as well as the prospects for the coming years. In 2019, the IPC plans to attract promising new young Cambodian and international scientists, support several ambitious collaborative research projects including in areas such as antibiotic resistance, rabies and malaria elimination, and emerging infectious diseases.
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