The 13th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course has started! [fr]
Hong Kong University-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP), laboratory focusing on fundamental research of infectious diseases affecting the respiratory tract, launched on Sunday 10 July 2016 the 13th edition of the international HKU-Pasteur Virology Course, sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. This 2-week course (10-22 July 2016) welcomes 28 participants (Master and PhD students, young researchers) from diverse fields of scientific expertise. None less than 28 different nationalities are represented as HKU-PRP’s teaching activity aims at fostering contact and collaborations between young scientists from different backgrounds and cultures and renowned lecturers.
This year, the course directed by professors Roberto Bruzzone, Malik Peiris (directors of HKU-PRP) and Noël Tordo (Institut Pasteur Paris and director of the new Institut Pasteur in Conakry) will focus on viruses of bat origin to assess the real impact of bat-derived viruses today, and to dissect the different component of it, from the burden of disease to the societal and economical perturbations it may create. These different aspects will be explored in details with a holistic approach including virology, immunology, public health systems, sociology and anthropology. Bats are increasingly recognized as important hosts for a number of (mostly viral) zoonoses (animal reservoir for diseases such as rabies, Nipah virus infection, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and potentially Ebola virus disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrom…). A practical workshop taking place in parallel with the lectures has been set to place the students in the situation of public health experts facing an unknown emerging pathogen causing an outbreak in their country.
A course participant introducing her background during the first day of the 13th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course.