The Pasteur Museum is housed in the apartment where Louis Pasteur spent his final seven years and offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the living and working environment of the world-renowned scientist. Visitors can gain a unique insight into his everyday life alongside his wife and can admire his rich and diverse scientific work.
The Institut Pasteur’s scientific strategy focuses on developing original and innovative topics and promoting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation and approaches. The Institut Pasteur teams have access to the technological resources needed to speed up and further improve the quality of their outstanding research.
Ever since the introduction of the world’s first "Technical Microbiology" course in 1889, teaching has been a priority for the Institut Pasteur. The Institut Pasteur has an international reputation for quality teaching that attracts students from all over the world who come to further their training or top up their degree programs.
With international courses, PhD and postdoctoral traineeship, each institute of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) contributes to the transmission of knowledge with the training of young researchers all around the world. In this context, doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, study and traineeship fellowships are available to scientists. Alongside training, dynamism and attractiveness of RIIP will result in the creation of 4-year group for the young researchers.
Assessing the effectiveness of anti-malaria campaigns
July 1st, 2014
The fight against malaria has been declared a Millennium Development Goal by the World Health Organization, and as such receives significant worldwide funding. Despite this fact, the public health agencies that manage this program lack the means to assess whether campaigns are effectively able to reduce or eliminate malaria within individual countries. For example, when there are a high number of imported cases within a country, each case has the potential to generate small local chains of transmission, which inflate the figures for the number of people infected locally and could falsely give the impression that control measures are ineffective. Over time, this may discourage funding bodies from investing in such projects.
In a recent publication, Simon Cauchemez's team at the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with Imperial College London, proposed a simple method for assessing elimination campaigns. This method is based on an analysis of the proportion of imported cases among the cases detected within a given country. If the majority of cases are imported, this means that local chains of transmission remain negligible and that the epidemic would come to an end if importation of further cases were prevented. Conversely, if most cases occur as a result of local infection, the epidemic could persist even without imported cases. The method is based on sophisticated mathematical models and statistics for determining the threshold above which it may be assumed that a local epidemic is under control. This method has been used to assess an elimination campaign in Swaziland (Southern Africa). It is simple and intuitive, and may also be applied to studies of other epidemics.