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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.

       

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  • 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.

     

    For more information, please contact: magali.herrant@pasteur.fr

     

  • Ralf Altmeyer - Institut Pasteur

    International News | 23.09.2014

    Ralf Altmeyer, Director General of the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai - Chinese Academy of Science, awarded the Magnolia Silver Award by Shanghai city government

    On September 4th, 40 expatriates were awarded the Magnolia Silver Award by Shanghai city government for their outstanding contributions to Shanghai's economic and social development. Awardees were handed the prestigious award by Li Mingjun, director of the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office who thanked them for their positive input to the development of Shanghai.

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  • International News | 17.09.2014

    Agreement between The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Institut Pasteur on the project: “Malnutrition and infections childhood in Africa”

     

    The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the Institut Pasteur signed in July 2014 a grant agreement for the project: “Malnutrition and infections childhood in Africa” (MALINEA) in the framework of the Priority Solidarity Fund of the MAEDI. This project will be carried out through a partnership which brings together the know-how and the skills of the Institut Pasteur International Network in Africa – the Institut Pasteur of Madagascar, the CERMES (Niger), the Institut Pasteur of Bangui and the Institut Pasteur of Dakar -, and the NGOs Action against Hunger (Spain and France) and the GRET.

    The main objective is to evaluate interactions between malnutrition and modification of the gut microbiota, and to propose new strategies of renutrition, in order to improve the care of malnourished children.  This three-year project will be implemented in Madagascar, Niger, Central African Republic and Senegal. In this framework, a first working meeting was held on 8 and 9 September at the Institut Pasteur in Paris with 25 representatives of the different organizations and partner countries. This first project is the seed for a lasting partnership between the Institut Pasteur International Network and these two NGOs.

  • International News | 17.09.2014

    Agreement between the University of Oxford and the Institut Pasteur

     

    The University of Oxford and the Institut Pasteur have signed in August 2014, an agreement for an international collaboration concerning the project “The Global Health Network”.

    The Global Health Network is a project that is based within the University of Oxford. It is a not-for-profit network which consists of individual health initiatives and corresponding online communities connected by a shared digital home, which helps advance research by providing open access to a wide range of free online seminars and courses, downloadable training kits, articles, templates and tools. The University of Oxford and the Institut Pasteur will collaborate to produce, host and manage on-line training resources dedicated to the research of infectious diseases in low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

    Thanks to this agreement scientists and researchers from Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network can upload their courses, training material and tools on the platform.

    For more information, contact:  sarah.respaut@pasteur.fr (International Division)

     

    To visit the platform: Global Health Network: https://tghn.org/ 

     

    E-learning center: https://globalhealthtrials.tghn.org/elearning/

     

  • International News | 17.09.2014

    Ebola virus threatens the Central African Republic

    On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, a team from France 24 did a report on the role of the Institut Pasteur in diagnosing Ebola in Central African Republic. Drs Alain FARRA biologist and his research colleague Alexandre MANIRAKINZA were interviewed. Broadcast is done in a Biosafety Level-2 and 3 laboratories.
    Broadcast on France 24 has been planned at 8:45pm

    Video on France 24 “Ebola threatens in Central Africa”

     

  • The three-dimensional structure of SUB1, Highly regulated therapeutic target shows promise in the search for new antimalarial treatments, © Jean-Christophe Barale, Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 10.09.2014

    Highly regulated therapeutic target shows promise in the search for new antimalarial treatments

    Artemisinin is currently the most effective malarial treatment available. However, the recent emergence in South-East Asia of artemisinin-resistant parasites strengthens the urgent need to identify a new generation of antimalarial drugs. In this context, scientists have determined the three-dimensional structure of a promising new therapeutic target for malaria: SUB1.

  • A neuron seen under fluorescence microscopy, Autism: SHANK gene may indicate the severity of the disorder, © Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 04.09.2014

    Autism: SHANK gene may indicate the severity of the disorder

    Thanks to a large-scale study conducted on nearly 1,000 autistic patients, scientists succeeded in mapping the clinical incidence and impact of certain genetic mutations linked to the cognitive and intellectual abilities of the patients. Mutations affecting the SHANK3 gene were shown to coincide with the most severe cases of autism and are associated with 1 out of 50 children with autism and intellectual deficits.

  • Neo-neurons in an adult brain, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Mental states control the integration of new neurons in the adult brain, © Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 02.09.2014

    Mental states control the integration of new neurons in the adult brain

    Although it has been known for several years that the adult brain is capable of producing new neurons, how these neurons are integrated into existing, functional nerve circuits has hitherto remained a mystery. Scientists have just shown that new neurons set up a denser network of connections with the rest of the brain in contexts of active (as opposed to passive) motivation and learning.

  • Ebola virus, The Institut Pasteur steps up its action against Ebola, © Institut Pasteur

    Press release | 01.09.2014

    The Institut Pasteur steps up its action against Ebola

    Ever since the Ebola virus was identified in Guinea in March 2014, the designated WHO Collaborating Centers within the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network have been assisting the international aid initiative via diagnostic support and epidemiological surveillance. Now, faced with the seriousness and spread of the epidemic, the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network are strengthening and coordinating their efforts in order to effectively fight the disease.

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