The 8th HKU-PASTEUR VIROLOGY COURSE will focus on ARBOVIRUSES, a term that is used to describe viruses from various families that are transmitted via arthropod vectors (mosquitoes, sand-flies, fleas, ticks, lice, etc).
Arboviruses comprise a large group (more than 400) of enveloped RNA viruses, such as Dengue virus, Japanese Encephalitis virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, West Nile virus and Crimea Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus, which are becoming increasingly widespread. In particular, dengue is the fastest emerging arboviral infection with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk globally, of which more than 70% reside in Asia. Its epidemiology is rapidly evolving, with increased frequency of outbreaks and expansion to new geographical areas that were previously unaffected. The programme will cover complementary aspects including: Entomology and Ecology of arboviruses, Insect and human immune responses, Epidemiology and emerging arboviruses, Surveillance and Diagnosis, Structural and Molecular virology, Virus-Host interaction, Antivirals and Vaccines.
Directors: Roberto Bruzzone (HKU-PRC), Malik Peiris (The University of Hong Kong and HKU-PRC), Noël Tordo (Institut Pasteur).
New deadline for application: 6 May 2011.