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  • International | 14.10.2014

    Randomized controlled trials for Ebola: practical and ethical issues

    This article, published in The Lancet Journal on 10th, October 2014 deals with the ethics and practice of randomized controlled trials in the case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic.

    In the randomized trials patients are divided into different groups receiving various treatments, the distribution between the groups being formed by drawing of lots (also called randomization) compared to a reference product. The reference used may be a placebo or a recognized effective drug. 

  • Papillomavirus,  Human papillomavirus linked to auto-immune disease, © Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 14.10.2014

    Human papillomavirus linked to auto-immune disease

    Erosive oral lichen planus (OLP) is an auto-immune disease affecting skin and mucous membranes which results in an abnormal immune response against mucocutaneous cells. Today, scientists have proven that the immune cells involved in OLP are the same as those activated during an immune response to human papillomavirus (type HPV-16). This suggests a link between OLP and HPV.

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,  © Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 07.10.2014

    Cystic fibrosis: how a bacterium manipulates its host to eradicate an opponent

    The main cause of death in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis is respiratory infection caused by different bacterial populations, which vary according to the age of the patient. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur and Inserm have identified a novel mechanism used by the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterium to hijack the immune system of its host in order to eradicate another bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus ("golden staph"), and take its place in airways.

  • a crucial partner against ebola

    International | 06.10.2014

    The Institut Pasteur International Network: a crucial partner against ebola

  •  Institut Pasteur in Cambodia: Awards for Vincent Deubel and Kruy Sun Lay

    International News | 02.10.2014

    Institut Pasteur in Cambodia: Awards for Vincent Deubel and Kruy Sun Lay


    On September 26th, the Minister of Health in Cambodia, M. Mam Bun Heng has awarded the “Royal Order of Sahametrei Class Commander” to Prof. Vincent Deubel, Director of Institut Pasteur in Cambodia and the “Royal Order of Monisaraphon Class Commander” to Prof. Kruy Sun Lay, Deputy Director.

    The ceremony was graced with the presence of the French Ambassador in Cambodia, H.E. Jean-Claude Poimboeuf, the State Minister, M. Yim Nolla, the Secretary of State M. Eng Huot, and representatives from the Ministry of Health and the University of Health Sciences.

    “On behalf of the Ministry of Health and that of the Cambodian people and on my own behalf, I express my congratulations and my sincere thanks to Prof. Vincent Deubel for having contributed immensely to the development of health security, especially in improving the quality and the efficiency in terms of prevention and diagnosis of harmful infectious diseases […] In five years he has been actively committed to fulfill his duties as Diretor in a humanitarian spirit, with intelligence and skill, making the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia had both technical and structural remarkable development" said M. Mam Bun Heng.

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    The Royal Order of Sahametrei is a medal presented by the government of the Kingdom of Cambodia by Royal Decree of the King of Cambodia. It is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or, as a token of friendship.

    The Order of Monisaraphon is awarded for services in the fields of literature and the fine arts, education, justice, administration, and science. 

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  • Announcement of the signature for the Urugenomes Project

    International News | 30.09.2014

    Announcement of the signature for the Urugenomes Project

    Monday, Sept. 15th, 2014 a press conference held in the Institut Pasteur in Montevideo for the announcement of a Human Genomics project’s signature, between the Institut Pasteur in Montevideo and National University of Seoul. This project, supported by the Korean fund of the Inter-American Development Bank aims to develop in Uruguay, capacities to sequence the human genome for applications in research, genomic medicine and for the development of technologies and drugs.

    Were present (in the right-to-left above): Juan José, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Uruguay; Luis Porto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; Ricardo Ehrlich, Education and Culture Minister of Uruguay; Guillermo Dighiero, Chairman of the Board of Institut Pasteur Montevideo; Jorge Polgar, Vice Minister of Finance in Uruguay; Byoung-jin Han, Counsellor at the Embassy of Korea in Uruguay; Hugo Naya, head of Urugenomes project, Institut Pasteur in Montevideo.

  • Minister of State for Development and Francophonie visits to the Institut Pasteur in Dakar

    International News | 24.09.2014

    Minister of State for Development and Francophonie visits to the Institut Pasteur in Dakar


    At the point of her trip to Senegal for the preparation of the XV Summit of La Francophonie, Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, accompanied by HE Jean Felix PAGANON, the French ambassador in Senegal, visited the Institut Pasteur in Dakar Thursday, September 11th, 2014.

    Welcomed by André Spiegel, Director, the management team and the heads of scientific units, Ms. Girardin followed an overview of the Institut Pasteur in Dakar before exchanging with scientists. She then visited the production unit of the yellow fever vaccine and the biosafety laboratory level-3 (BSL-3) in which detection tests of Ebola virus are carried out.


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  • MOU between Institut Pasteur and Fondation Mérieux in response to the Ebola virus and other hemorrhagic fever disease in Western Africa

    International News | 24.09.2014

    MOU between Institut Pasteur and Fondation Mérieux in response to the Ebola virus and other hemorrhagic fever disease in Western Africa

    Fondation Mérieux and Institut Pasteur signed September 12, 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU serves to set forth the areas of collaboration in response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and other hemorrhagic fever diseases in Western Africa through three ways:

    • Deployment of a new mobile laboratory, dedicated to detection and identification of infectious diseases caused by risk group 4 viruses in Western African countries. This project is submitted to the Development and Cooperation department of the European Commission (DevCO) by Fondation Merieux and Institut Pasteur via the French national agency called FEI (France Expertise Internationale) and together with INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale).
      The aim of the deployment of a new mobile laboratory is to strengthen the capacity of the existing EMLab project and the training of European and African staff, either at its home site (Institut Pasteur de Dakar) or at other African training sites.
      The first phase will concentrate on countries currently affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
    • A training and capacity-building program, submitted to Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to reinforce the regional and national laboratory capacities in African countries (Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire). Institut Pasteur will be particularly in charge of the training in countries where the institutes are located (Senegal, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar) as well as in Guinea, where scientists are already in charge of disease diagnosis at the Donka Hospital (Conakry).
      Fondation Merieux will particularly be active in the countries participating in the RESAOLAB program (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo), which is supported by Agence Française de Développement. It may extend its activity to all the ECOWAS countries (Economic Community of West African States), where the Fondation will conduct laboratory professional training within the West African Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS) project financed by the Word Bank and coordinated by the West African Health Organization.
    • The evaluation of new diagnostic tests: once the Ebola virus and any other hemorrhagic fever disease are suspected, the evaluation of new diagnostic tests will be performed in close collaboration between Fondation Mérieux and Institut Pasteur.







  • Signing of a technical agreement with Myanmar within the framework of the SEAe program

    International News | 24.09.2014

    Signing of a technical agreement with Myanmar within the framework of the SEAe program


    On September 17th, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar, the Institut Pasteur, the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia, the National Health Laboratory, and the national Health authorities of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement for the implementation of the project entitled “The threat of infectious encephalitis in Southeast Asia: Capacity building for a better diagnosis of infectious encephalitis in the Republic of Union of Myanmar”.

    This project, supported by the Total Foundation, is carried out within the framework of the SEAe program (“SouthEast Asia encephalitis”), a current interorganizational and multidisciplinary major initiative involving five Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia) and France under the aegis of AVIESAN (the French Life Sciences and Healthcare Alliance). These major actors have decided to joint their efforts to address some of the most important public health and research issues currently raised by infectious encephalitis in Southeast Asia.

    The project in Myanmar aims to strengthen the national capacities for clinical and microbiological diagnostic and surveillance of acute encephalitis syndrome, which is among the most frequent and severe causes of pediatric hospitalization in Asia.


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