Dimitri Lavillette, professor of virology and principal investigator at the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai-CAS meets his colleagues in Hong Kong [fr]

On the 6th and 7th of March, the sciences and academic department of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau organized the visit of Dimitri Lavillette in two Hong Kong virology laboratories, in partnership with HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (The University of Hong Kong). Dimitri Lavillette is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and an International technic expert (ETI) for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. He is at the head of the "Arbovirus Interspecies Transmission and Therapeutics Research Unit" he has created at the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai-Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015.

In Shanghai, Dimitri Lavillette works on two species of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes (arboviruses): dengue and chikungunya viruses. With his team, he more specifically aims at understanding what are the molecular mechanisms that allow virus entry into the infected cells, in order to identify new targets for vaccines or drugs.
At the University of Hong Kong (HKU), he met his colleagues working at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole. They reviewed the last pending questions in the field of research on infectious diseases in the region. They discussed the cell and molecular biology techniques used in Hong Kong to investigate the interactions between the viruses and the hosts, in particular for the study of dengue virus, one of the expertise of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole. During an open seminar, Dimitri Lavillette presented his previous studies and the results he obtained with his colleagues on the special features of another type of virus, hepatitis C virus, when it enters the cell, and what are the different approaches that can be set up to inhibit the process. He the answered to numerous questions on the current studies he is carrying out in Shanghai on arboviruses.
The day after, Dimitri Lavillette went to another leading laboratory for research on infectious diseases in Hong Kong, the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, within the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). With the researchers of the Stanley Ho Centre, Dimitri Lavillette exchanged on the methods for epidemiological studies of dengue and chikungunya viruses infections, and how the infection by one of these viruses modifies the host response to the infection by the other virus (confection).
These two visits fostered ideas for future interdisciplinary collaborations between Shanghai and Hong Kong to broaden the scope of their respective research.

JPEGDimitri Lavillette during his talk at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole on 6 March 2017
JPEGDimitri Lavillette during his talk at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole on 6 March 2017
JPEGAt Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases. From left to right: Dr Candy Wong (Associate Prof), Prof Shui Shan Lee (deputy director), Dr Joseph Kam (Clinical Associate Prof), Gabriel Benet (international volunteer and scientific officer at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole), Frédéric Bretar (Head of Science, Technology & High Education Dept at the French Consulate), and Dimitri Lavillette

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publié le 08/03/2017

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