It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the sudden demise of Dr. Vu Thi Que Huong.
Huong was a senior virologist and Scientific Director of the Institut Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City. She formerly held the position of Head of the department of Microbiology and Immunology in the same institute.
Always eager to learn and exchange her knowledge with colleagues, Huong was one of the students of the first HKU-Pasteur Virology Course in 2004 and came back to Hong Kong in 2011 as lecturer and trainer to organize a practicum on arbovirus diagnostics in the same course series. With her passion for teaching, Huong was instrumental in setting up the International Teaching and Training Center at her institute, where she served as the Director for several years, and surrounded herself with a group of young, motivated and talented researchers and staff. It was with this team that it was possible to set up an annual program of international workshops on epidemiology and public health that quickly became a reference in the region for their quality and interactive atmosphere. Huong participated in the first clinical trials of Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine and also held teaching positions as Professor in the Department of Public Health and Associate Professor in Medicine at the Medical University in Ho Chi Minh City.
An intelligent, talented, persevering, interactive, generous, joyful researcher, Huong was admired and appreciated by all her colleagues and friends for whom she spared neither her time nor her strength. She was untimely stopped in her passion for science and medicine and left us with a deep grief for losing a friend and a researcher who will have marked her time. She will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues that will always keep the memory of her contagious smile.
The whole community of the Institut Pasteur International Network wishes to address its sincere condolences to her family and colleagues at the Institut Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City.