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International Network Newsletter
April 2020
The Institut Pasteur International Network mobilized in the surveillance and research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Thanks to the international solidarity shown by the Network, members of the Institut Pasteur International Network are working closely together and exchanging information. Below you will find a selection of news published by the Institutes of the Network (non-exhaustive list).
WHO webiste page on coronavirus
COVID-19 dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
Institut Pasteur disease webpage
COVID-19 pandemic: The Institut Pasteur International Network collective effort
COVID-19 epidemic in Africa: redirecting development aid to help the continent weather the crisis
HKU-Pasteur Resarch Pole : molecular insights into antibody recognition of SRAS-CoV-2 (Science)
Fiocruz investigates the action of anti-retrovirals against COVID-19 (BioRxiv)
HKU-Pasteur Research Pole : Cross-reactive antibody response between SRAS-CoV-2 and SRAS-CoV infections (BioRxiv)
#In the media: In Senegal, the Institut Pasteur de Dakar is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier : Human coronaviruses may target neurons (Viruses)
Institut Pasteur de la Guyane : A research project in epidemiology to study housekeeping transmission around COVID-19 cases
Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences : Evolutionary perspectives on novel coronaviruses identified in pneumonia cases in China (National Science Review)
Development and evaluation of SRAS-Cov-2 serological tests and neutralizing antibodies tests (MedRxiv)
Institut Pasteur International Network : Deepening the collective scientific strategy
Three years ago, the scientific community of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN) expressed its desire to build a comprehensive strategy in order to strengthen its positioning and establish itself as a global public health authority. The Scientific Orientation Committee of the Institut Pasteur International Network was created in August 2019 to help achieve this goal. Its 8 members, chosen from the IPIN research community and the international scientific community, held their first face-to-face meeting on February 17-18, 2020.
Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute and the Institut Pasteur to develop a novel vaccine against Shigella
The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI) and the Institut Pasteur have entered into an exclusive collaboration and license agreement to jointly develop a quadrivalent synthetic carbohydrate-based conjugate vaccine against Shigella flexneri serotypes 2a, 3a, and 6 and Shigella sonnei. Gates MRI will have an exclusive license for manufacture and commercialization of the vaccine in 73 GAVI low-income countries, thereby furthering Gates MRI’s mission of preventing or mitigating infections caused by Shigella. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Implementation of the ECOMORE project in Myanmar
The ECOMORE II project, coordinated by the Institut Pasteur and funded by the AFD, is investigating changes in the environment and in the human activities behind the emergence of infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. It improves risk management for community health. It builds the capacity of laboratories while supporting national and regional cooperation. In Myanmar, the project aims at training interns and hospital physicians participating in the study to collect data that will help analyze risk (watch the video).
MOOC : Vaccinology 
Submission deadline : July 22th, 2020
In spite of the success of vaccination in preventing disease and its cost-effectiveness, several challenges remain such as increasing the diversity of the target populations by developing vaccines efficient in pregnant women who will protect their babies at early life, and in the elderly displaying a less efficient immune system to be primed. Recent advances in technology to identify the key antigens to induce efficient protective immunity and large-scale analysis of human immune responses offer to revisit the future of vaccine development in a more global health perspective, taking also into consideration the implementation of new sustainable models for the developing world. This course aims at covering all these aspects to give an overview of the discipline.
MOOC : Advances in Stem Cell Biology 
Submission deadline : June 14th, 2020
The Advances in Stem Cell Biology MOOC was created to provide an overview of stem cell biology, the properties of stem cells and their potential in directing organogenesis and regeneration in different organisms, and how they can be exploited for therapeutic purposes.
During this MOOC you will learn about the characteristics and properties of stem cells, along with the latest discoveries in the field from general concepts to different categories of stem cells, and how they participate in organogenesis in the organism - and in vitro.
MOOC : Implementation research 
Submission deadline : May 10th, 2020
Implementation research (IR) is important for designing strategies or solutions to overcome bottlenecks that prevent proven and innovative public health interventions from reaching the people who need them. This ensure that these interventions are used in a manner that results in the outcome for which they were intended. Such solutions include how to overcome barriers to adoption of drugs, diagnostics or preventive measures that improve health for people at risk of malaria, tuberculosis, NTDs or other infectious diseases. IR can help to ensure that health solutions reach the people who need them and are used in ways that generate intended results.
Institut Pasteur International Network : New SRAS-CoV-2 call for projects
Submission deadline : May 15th, 2020
The Institut Pasteur in Paris is very pleased to launch a new SARS-CoV-2 call for proposals aiming at supporting some IPIN research projects on COVID-19. Are only eligible projects associating at least two institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network, one of which must be located in a lower/middle income country according to the definition of the World Bank. These projects will deal with epidemiology, SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis, diagnostic or serology tools, vaccination, therapeutics, or any other approach for the follow-up or prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic. Projects must have decent duration and reasonable budget and, whenever possible, take advantage of already funded personnel in order that they are started rapidly, avoiding delays for recruitment of outside personnel. If you have any question about this call and to obtain the application form please contact and
French National Research Agency : Call for Research-Action projects on COVID-19
Submission deadline : October 28th, 2020
In the continuity of the Flash call launched in March 2020, the French National Research Agency (ANR) is launching a new call for Research-Action projects on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) responsible for an epidemic that started at the end of 2019 and caused by the coronavirus pathogen SARS-CoV-2. Open continuously until October, 28th 2020 and focused on WHO recommendations, this call aims to rapidly support the scientific communities mobilized on COVID-19 in an emergency context.
Pasteur Talent Network Awards 2020  
Submission deadline : July 17th, 2020
In order to support the career development of young scientists promising to become future leaders within the International Network, Institut Pasteur is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nomination for the Pasteur Network Talent Award 2020.
Calmette & Yersin Doctoral Grant 
Submission deadline : July 24th, 2020
The Calmette and Yersin program aims to promote mobility within the Institut Pasteur International Network. The annual call for applications for doctoral grants is now open. This call is open to all student wishing realize their thesis within an institute of the Network, outside the mainland France.
A look back on the first-ever world Chagas disease day
On April 14th, 2020 the global community celebrated the first World Chagas Disease Day. The event made visible one of the most neglected tropical diseases prioritized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as it continues to affect millions, worldwide. Chagas disease was discovered more than a century ago but stayed largely ignored.
Guy Vernet, new President of the Institut Pasteur de Bangui
After his appointment on March 1st, 2020 as President of the Institut Pasteur de Bangui, Dr. Guy Vernet took office on March 20th, 2020. He replaces Dr. Jean-Pierre Lombart in this position after a five-year term. When he left, the scientific director Dr. Emmanuel Nakouné acted in this position. Dr. Guy Vernet takes control of an institute which represents the most versatile and best-equipped research and health center in the country and which collaborates closely with health authorities and major health actors in the Central African Republic. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in research, diagnosis of infectious diseases and public health.
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