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July 24, 2019
 
NEWS
The Institut Pasteur launches a Scientific Platform in the University of São Paulo Research and Innovation Center
 
 
On July 4, the Institut Pasteur, an internationally renowned center for biomedical research and a French non-profit foundation specialized in infectious diseases, inaugurated the Pasteur-USP Scientific Platform in the University of São Paulo Research and Innovation Center (Inova USP) which is hosting 17 laboratories dedicated to innovation. This platform will focus on the study of pathogens for preventing epidemics, and act as an emergency intervention cell. The 1,700 square-meter area will house the first Biosafety Level-3 research laboratories aligned with international standards, where high-risk pathogens will be studied. The expected investment is around R$ 40 million, with R$ 15 million for equipment.
 
Wolbachia, bacteria to combat dengue
 
 
The first mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia, a bacteria that prevent them from transmitting arboviruses (including dengue, Zika and chikungunya), were released on Wednesday July 10, 2019 in Nouméa, New Caledonia, as part of the World Mosquito Program. The aim of this program, in which the teams from the Institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie are involved, is to encourage mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia to breed with wild mosquitoes, resulting in a population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are unable to transmit arboviruses. To achieve this, scientists from the Institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie progressively crossbred mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia with non-infected mosquitoes so that the bacteria are transmitted to future generations.
 
The second phase of the MediLabSecure project is launched
 
 
The Kick-Off Meeting for the new phase of the MediLabSecure project was held on July 2nd-3rd 2019 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. This EU-funded project, coordinated by the Institut Pasteur, aims to connect and train teams of a multidisciplinary network of laboratories and public health institutions to provide a collective response to vector-borne diseases in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Sahel Regions. Gathering 110 participants from more than 25 countries, this 2-day event successfully initiated the integration of five new countries from Sahel, including Niger with CERMES and Senegal with the Institut Pasteur de Dakar. On this occasion, the two new components of the project were also presented with the inclusion of the Veterinary Services in the network of Public Health officials, and the integration of environmental and ecological features in the development of emerging infections' risk assessment and early warning tools. The photo gallery of the meeting can be viewed on the website dedicated to the MediLabSecure project via the link below.
 
Preventing an antigenically disruptive mutation in egg-based H3N2 seasonal influenza vaccines
 
 
Egg-based seasonal influenza vaccines are the major preventive countermeasure against influenza virus. However, their effectiveness can be compromised when antigenic changes arise from egg-adaptive mutations on influenza hemagglutinin (HA). A study, co-led by Chris Mok from HKU – Pasteur Research Pole and Ian Wilson from the Scripps Research Institute, reveals that a mutation called G186V could be a useful addition to the H3N2 influenza vaccine. Preparing a seasonal flu vaccine with the G186V mutation may prevent a problem that commonly occurs during the vaccine manufacturing process and alters its ability to stimulate antibody production. The results are published by Cell Host & Microbe.
 
Vaccines: a life insurance for humankind
 
 
France would be more suspicious of vaccines than more than 140 other countries, according to a global survey into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges, published on June 19th, 2019. However, vaccines have made a key, cost-effective contribution to the prolongation of life expectancy and quality. Nowadays, vaccinology and immunology are facing challenges at the level of society, scientific innovation, and technology. In an article published at the end of 2018 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers from the Institut Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti (member of the Institut Pasteur International Network) argue why vaccines represent a safety belt and a life insurance for humankind.
 
TEACHING
Successful second international medical entomology course in Vientiane, Laos
 
 
The second international medical entomology course took place in Vientiane, at the Institut Pasteur du Laos, for two weeks from June 10 to 22, 2019. The course is funded by the Pasteur International Network association and held on an alternating basis with the Insect Vectors and Transmission of Pathogenic Agents (IVTPA) course at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The next IVTPA course will take place from April 20 to May 15, 2020.
 
CALL FOR APPLICATION
Intra-Network Grants Calmette & Yersin
Deadline for application : September 30, 2019
 
 
The Calmette & Yersin Intra-Network Grants, funded by the Department of International Affairs of Institut Pasteur and with a duration from 1 to 3 months, are dedicated to permanent scientists (researchers or engineers) from the Institut Pasteur International Network who wish to initiate, develop and/or consolidate a collaboration with a permanent researcher or engineer from another institute in the Network (except Institut Pasteur). The research project must be established jointly by the scientists, with the approval of the institutes involved. It will define the objective(s) of the collaboration, the relevance of the project regard to the state of the art and the impact of the expected results.
 
EVENT
7th edition of the ceremony in honour of the doctoral students of the Institut Pasteur
Date and place: December 13, 2019, Institut Pasteur in Paris, France
More information: ipgraduation@pasteur.fr
 
 
Since 2013, the teaching department of the Institut Pasteur organizes every year a ceremony in honour of its doctoral students. The 7th edition of this ceremony, which will mark the graduation of the doctoral degree by students who have prepared their thesis during the 2018-2019 academic year on the Paris campus or in the institutes of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes, will take place on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 3pm. On this occasion, Professor Stefan W. Hell, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 2014, will give a lecture as a guest of honour. A web page dedicated to the 2018 ceremony, which took place on 7 December last in the presence of Professor Serge Haroche, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, showcases the photos of the ceremony.
 
REMINDER / CERMES Scientific Days (JSC2) in Niger
 
 
Following the success of the 1st CERMES Scientific Days (JSC), held in Niamey November 2017, this scientific meeting will take place every two years. This year, it will take place from 29 to 31 October 2019 on the theme "Health in the face of climate and environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa". This event will offer an opportunity to bring together researchers from universities and research centres in the sub-region (Muraz Centre, Pierre Richet Institute), institutions of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes of Africa, and the Indian Ocean as well as scientists based in Africa and internationally. Apart form the direct impact due to drought and lack of access to potable water, these changes will also impact on the host-vector-pathogenic complex of vector-borne diseases.
 
INSTITUTIONAL
Regional meeting of the Americas of the Institut Pasteur International Network
 
 
From July 3 to 5, 2019, the regional meeting of the Americas of the Institut Pasteur International Network, organized by the Pasteur International Network association and its members, was held at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The first two days were devoted to a scientific symposium on the emergence of Arboviruses in America and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. On this occasion, the scientific platform at the Research and Innovation Centre of the University of São Paulo was inaugurated (see above in this newsletter).
 
Medal award of royal order to Dr. Didier Fontenille, director of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
 
 
On June 24th, 2019, H.E. Prof. ENG Huot, Secretary of State of Ministry of Health, representative of H.E. Prof. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, awarded the medal of Royal Order of Monisaraphon - level Sena - of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Dr. Didier Fontenille, Director of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge – IPC. The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Health in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Cambodia.
 
Claude Guertin appointed Director of the Armand-Frappier Centre for Health and Biotechnology
 
 
The Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie has a new director since the INRS Board of Directors approved the appointment of Professor Claude Guertin for a four-year term beginning July 4, 2019. The Director General of INRS is pleased with the participation of the Centre's members. Professor Guertin's candidacy was 87% supported by the latter, or 64% of the community of the Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie.
 
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