To continue exploration of viruses and the animal/human interface, the course will focus on VIRAL ZOONOSES. Indeed, the concept of “One World, One Health” has gained increased attention following the emergence of a novel influenza virus of swine origin that caused the 2009 pandemic. It has been recognized that increased urbanization, migrating populations, with their domestic animals, and population density with poor hygienic conditions are favoring the appearance of new pathologies, in particular viral zoonosis with emergence or re-emergence of new or known diseases.
The program will include lectures reviewing general aspect of viral zoonoses, followed by an in-depth analysis of influenza, focusing on the evolution, transmission, crossing of species barriers and pathogenicity of influenza viruses. The course will end with a review of selected viruses of particular interest in the region. Practical Sessions will complete the theoretical approach and allow students to learn state-of the art techniques and discuss biosafety and ethical issues in virus research.
TOPICS: VIRAL ZOONOSES (Entomology and Ecology of zoonotic diseases, Epidemiology, Surveillance and Diagnosis, Ethics and Biosafety, Structural and Molecular virology, Virus-Host interaction, Antivirals and Vaccines)
DIRECTORS: Roberto BRUZZONE, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre; Malik PEIRIS, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre and HKU; Noël TORDO, Institut Pasteur
FREE REGISTRATION: Candidates are invited to download course and travel application forms at http://www.hkupasteur.hku.hk/
Accommodation (on sharing twin basis) and food (canteen-style) will be provided. Travel fellowships (up to 5) will be awarded to the best non-Hong Kong residents candidates. One travel fellowship from the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong will be awarded to the best candidate from Italian universities.
The course (MMPH6171) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 April 2012