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International Network Newsletter
June 2019
Study reveals the evolution and diversity of Leptospira bacteria
An international research group has revealed several new bacterial species that may be responsible for leptospirosis, an emerging animal-borne disease, using genome sequencing. To improve our understanding of this disease, the genomes of several species of Leptospira were sequenced by scientists from the Institut Pasteur International Network. Their findings, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, reveal 30 new species and provide new information about the genetic content of the bacteria responsible for leptospirosis. The group of researchers from the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN) includes Mathieu Picardeau, of the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, Frédéric Veyrier of the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Canada, and other colleagues from the Institut Pasteur d’Algérie and the Institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie.
Outbreak Readiness and Preparedness in the Lancang Mekong Cooperation Region
The first edition of the “Outbreak Readiness and Preparedness in the Lancang Mekong Cooperation Region (LMCR)” scientific symposium took place at the end of May 2019. It was part of an alliance between several Instituts Pasteur, the Yunnan government and the Mérieux Foundation with the goal of developing a research platform, in the Yunnan province, to prepare for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The aim of this symposium was for research scientists, clinicians, public health professionals, health workers and policy makers to share their work and views on how to best manage infectious diseases in South-East Asia, particularly in the Lancang Mekong Cooperation Region.
Nipah outbreaks in Bangladesh: age and breathing difficulties of infected patients increase the risk of disease spread
Nipah virus, a bat-borne paramyxovirus found throughout South and South East Asia, has been identified by WHO as an emerging infectious disease that may cause severe epidemics in the near future. Infections in humans result in severe respiratory and neurological disease with a high case fatality. With no available treatment or vaccine, the control of Nipah virus outbreaks must rely on a detailed understanding of factors that may facilitate inter-human transmission. In this context, researchers from the Institut Pasteur, CNRS, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, worked with colleagues at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), studied the transmission dynamics of Nipah virus during the last 14 years. The study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed in particular that adult cases with respiratory symptoms transmitted the virus to more individuals than other cases.
China approves norovirus vaccine for clinical trial
Chinese authorities have launched a clinical trial for the world's first tetravalent vaccine against norovirus, the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis. As announced by its developer, the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai (IPS),Chinese Academy of Sciences at a press conference, the vaccine received the clinical research permit from the National Medical Products Administration on May 30. The vaccine, after four years of development, can theoretically prevent 80 to 90% of norovirus infections also known as "stomach flu," said Huang Zhong, who leads the project at IPS.
Unveiling of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch Busts at the World Health Assembly
On Monday May 20, on the first day of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, together with Agnès Buzyn, French Minister for Solidarity and Health, and Jens Spanh, German Health Minister, unveiled busts of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch at a ceremony attended by the Presidents of the Institut Pasteur and the Robert Koch Institute, Professors Cole and Wieler. The aim of the ceremony was to honor the two men of science and recognize their contributions to advancements in public health. From left to right : Lothar H. Wieler, President of Robert Koch Institute, Agnès Buzyn, French Minister for Solidarity and Health, Jens Spanh, German Health Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur.
Course: «Behind Evolutionary Trees: Mathematics and Algorithms in Phylogenetics»
Date and place: October 22-24, 2019, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay
Application deadline: July 7, 2019
This course will combine theoretical and practical sessions to provide a deep understanding of mathematical, statistical and algorithmic basis of phylogenetic methods and show how they can be applied to biological data (e.g. for epidemiology), using popular software tools. The program is designed for postgraduate students with basic knowledge of evolution and phylogenetic analysis, but also for math, statistics and computing students. This course is supported by the Pasteur International Network Association.
International Workshop «Genome editing in mammals using CRISPR tools»
Date and place: October 14-17, 2019, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay
Application deadline: July 28, 2019
The focus of this workshop will be in the latest advances in genome editing in rodents and large animals, using CRISPR/Cas and its variants and modifications. Participants will have the opportunity to spend four days in practical training with national and international expert speakers working in this cutting-edge field. This course is supported by the Pasteur International Network Association.
9th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course on Proteomics
Date and place: October 27 - November 2, 2019, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, Hong Kong
Deadline for Application: August 9, 2019
The 9th HKU-Pasteur Cell Biology Course will focus on proteomics based approaches to probe the cell biology underlying human diseases. The lectures and workshops will present an advanced overview of how the integration of conventional “omics“ approaches with that of proteomic analyses leads to deeper understanding of biological processes and signaling pathways.
2020 Vaccinology course
Date and place: February 10 – March 6 2020, Institut Pasteur in Paris, France
Application deadline: October 30, 2019
Co-directed by Armelle Phalipon and Béhazine Combadière, this four-week course offers an integrated overview of vaccinology, by covering all the key issues of vaccine development from design to delivery to the populations in industrialized and developing countries. It aims at providing the attendees with the knowledge required to become future actors of the international vaccine community.
Sanofi – Institut Pasteur 2019 awards
Application deadline : June 25, 2019 and finalization of the files possible until June 28, 2019
Sanofi and the Institut jointly created in 2012 the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards to reward three scientists for their past or ongoing research demonstrating real scientific progress in the life sciences. Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur have decided to continue this initiative in 2019. This year, these Awards will honor scientists specifically in the following fields: Immunology; Microbiology & infection. Researchers from the Network are encourages to apply. The participation is by proposals with recommendation from eminent scientists. There will be two categories of Awards: one International Senior Award - (€ 150 000), two International Junior Award - (€ 50 000 each).
Reminder : the 2019 Dedonder Clayton Award
Application deadline : June 28, 2019
The Dedonder Clayton Award honors scientists in Africa and Asia whose outstanding research is contributing to progress in public health, specifically in the field of research on HIV / AIDS and related infections. This award will provide $ 46,000 to the recipient's team to support the research. This Prize is awarded by Pr Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur and Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008, and jury representatives of the Institut Pasteur International Network and the ANRS. The Awards Ceremony will take place during the Institut Pasteur International Network Council of Directors, at Pasteur Center in Cameroon, Yaoundé, the 15th and the 16th of November 2019.
African Academy of Sciences Affiliates Programme
Application deadline: July 15, 2019
The African Academy of Sciences is inviting applications for the « AAS Affiliates Programme ». It seeks early and mid-career scientists who demonstrate excellence in their development and application of science in Africa. These individuals become Affiliates of The AAS for a period of five years during which they receive individualised professional development support and join a wider community of science leaders on the African continent.
Creation of the « Fondation Institut Pasteur du Laos »
Following the decision of the Board of Directors of the Institut Pasteur du Laos on 9 March 2018, and after several years of fundraising efforts, the Institut Pasteur du Laos announces the effective creation of its own foundation. This "Fondation Institut Pasteur du Laos", created by a member of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes and placed under the aegis of the Fondation de France, was conceived as a permanent tool to ensure the sustainability of the Institut Pasteur du Laos. It will support research activities on infectious diseases carried out by researchers at the Institut Pasteur du Laos through the financing of research projects, salaries of Laotian researchers, technicians and support staff, operating costs and investments of the institute.
An event in honor of the internationally renowned immunologist Professor Stratis Avrameas
In the context of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute's (HPI) 100 years celebrations, an event in honour of Professor Stratis Avrameas, an internationally renowned immunologist who practiced at the Pasteur Institute, took place on May 31, 2019. This event was organized by the Immunology Laboratory and the Friends of HPI Association. Professor Avrameas has trained many students throughout his career, who now work in the institutes of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes such as the Helllenic Pasteur Institute and the Tunis Pasteur Institute.
Special report: 120 years of discovery, research and innovation at the Institut Pasteur de Lille
Inaugurated on April 9, 1899, the Institut Pasteur de Lille celebrates this year its 120th anniversary dedicated to scientific and medical research to act for the future of health. On this occasion, a special report has just been published and reviews its history and its discoveries. We find therein a chronology of its advances in the fight against diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes.
Hong Kong University-Pasteur Research Pole Annual Report 2018
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Institut Pasteur de Tunis Annual report 2018
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