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The Institut Pasteur
International Network Newsletter
November 2019
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur de Dakar and the Carlos Chagas Institute of Fiocruz win the 2019 "Pasteur International Talent" award
The 2019 "Pasteur International Talent" awards were presented on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Dr. Oumar Faye and Dr. Paulo Carvalho by Professor Stewart Cole, Director General of the Institut Pasteur and Professor Pierre-Marie Girard, International Director. The ceremony took place in Yaoundé during the 51st Council of Directors of the International Network of Pastoral Institutes from 12 to 15 November 2019 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya.
First case of Lassa fever diagnosed in Côte d'Ivoire
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire and the Biology of Emerging Viral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur reported, in a letter published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the retrospective discovery of a fatal case of Lassa fever in 2015 in the western region of the country. This is the first case of Lassa fever diagnosed in Côte d'Ivoire, suggesting that other cases may have existed and that there is a real risk of epidemics. The discovery of this isolated case reinforces the need to put in place appropriate monitoring and diagnostic tools. The Centre for the Study of Pathogens with High Infectious Risk (CEPRIS) currently under construction at the Adiopodoumé site will offer the possibility of handling P3 and P4 pathogens and should facilitate rapid responses in an epidemic context.
The impact of the Zika virus epidemic on the general population of Guyana
During the 2016 outbreak, ZIKV circulated in the vast majority of French Guiana but not in the most isolated forest areas of Haut-Maroni and Haut-Oyapock. A study, conducted in particular by researchers from the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane and the Institut Pasteur, estimated the overall seroprevalence at 23.3%, varying from 0% to 45.6% depending on the municipality. In total, 25.5% of people infected with ZIKV reported having had evocative symptoms during the period of virus circulation in the department. This work, which is the result of a vast general population survey conducted throughout Guyana from June to October 2017 (EPI-ARBO survey), is published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Identification of an essential gene specific to the parasite responsible for malaria
Dr Jamal Khalife's research team at the Centre d'Infection et d'Immunité de Lille at the Institut Pasteur de Lille (CNRS, INSERM, Université de Lille, Institut Pasteur de Lille), has just identified an essential gene specific to the parasite causing malaria. Published in PLos Pathogens, this discovery could contribute to the discovery of new therapeutic targets for malaria control.
International course : tuberculosis
Date: June 15-26, 2020
Deadline for application: February 15, 2020
Directed by Howard Takiff and Brigitte Gicquel, this two-week course is intended for medical doctors, veterinarians, directors of clinical mycobacteriology laboratories, pharmacists and research scientists wishing to acquire an up-to-date knowledge on tuberculosis, molecular methods for diagnosis and drug susceptibility testing, new drugs and treatment regimens as well as molecular and traditional epidemiology.
Post-doctoral Fellowship in neurobiology in Brazil
Application deadline: December 20, 2019
The Pasteur-USP Scientific Platform opens a post-doctoral position within the Thematic Project “Integrated strategy for the study of infectious agents that cause emerging and / or neglected diseases transmitted by global impact vectors,” referring to the subproject 2 “Modeling CNS congenital disease caused by Zika virus in 2D / 3D models and creating drug testing platform”.
2-year position on bacteriology focusing on antibiotic resistance
Application deadline: January 6, 2019
The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) in Phnom Penh, is developing its bacteriology research capacity, focusing on antibiotic resistance in Cambodia in partnership with the Institut Pasteur and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at The University of Melbourne (Australia). The aim of the recruitment of a 2-year post-doctoral position is to develop a collaborative program of bacteriology research at IPC that leverages the power of bacterial population genomics to address locally relevant questions.
Post-doc Unitaid: towards the elimination of congenital infection in Chagas Disease
Application deadline: February, 27 2019
In the context of maternal and child health, Unitaid has identified the opportunity to support the elimination target of congenital transmission of Chagas disease in endemic countries.
Under this Call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for the following interventions aimed at accelerating the availability, adoption and scale-up of improved tools to diagnose and treat Chagas Disease.
2017-2018 report of the Institut Pasteur International Network
The 2017-2018 report of the Institut Pasteur International Network is online!
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