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.
This four-week course is intended for microbiologists (MD, PhD, VetD) practicing mycology in hospital laboratories to catch up with the most recent advances in diagnosis and identification procedures and principles of therapy for fungal infections.
Training is provided through bench work, lectures and panel discussions and will cover:
Technical aspects: choice of media, slide cultures, storage of isolates, molecular diagnosis and identification (PCR, qPCR, sequencing, MALDI-TOF), typing techniques (microsatellite, MLST), antifungal susceptibility testing (CLSI/EUCAST microbroth dilution methods, commercially available tests), antigen/antibody detection, histopathology.
Practical aspects: spectrum of action and pharmacokinetics/dynamics of antifungal drugs, role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients (direct examination, histopathology, antigen detection, antifungal susceptibility testing results, qPCR, etc.), limitation and use of public and specific databases for molecular identification, discussion of clinical cases.
Fungal aspects: sexual and asexual reproduction, phylogeny, species identification, resistance mechanisms.
Medical aspects: Pathogenic concepts, epidemiology, diagnosis criteria for infections due to common and emerging yeasts or filamentous fungi (including invasive and mucocutaneous infections, endemic mycoses), principles of therapeutic management, practical guidelines.
The program of the course organized in 2012 can be downloaded to get detailed information on the general frame of the course; some topics and practical works change, however, the aims and the general means of the course are maintained.