Research News

02 Oct 2007

New Staff

- New Research Assistant II, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre -
Mr Horace Lee (BSc (Hons) Biochemistry followed by an MPhil in Biology at HKUST in 2007, studying the genetics and development of C. elegans) joins the Virus / Immunology team as a Research Assistant II. He will work on the “Interactions between NK activatory receptors and hemagglutinin from avian flu” project.

26 Sep 2007

Grant & Award

- Pandemic research project awarded HK$76 million by UGC -
The University Grants Committee, in the fourth round of its Area of Excellence (AoE) scheme, has awarded HK$76 million to fund a research project titled ‘Control of Pandemic and Inter-pandemic Influenza’, to be led by a HKU research team comprising over 30 colleagues. Please visit these pages for the full team list and the press release.
This funding will allow HKU researchers, in partnership with peers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Baptist University and the relevant government organizations, to identify novel and pioneering options of controlling influenza.
HKU-Pasteur Research Centre’s efforts are concentrated on pathogenesis, host response and innate-immunity. Professor Malik Peiris, our Scientific Director and Chair Professor of the Department of Microbiology is the AoE Coordinator of the research project.

04 Sep 2007

Scientific Congress

- Glial Cells in Health and Disease, VII European Meeting, September 4-8, 2007, Imperial College London, London -
Dr Roberto Bruzzone, our CEO was an invited speaker at the VIII European Meeting on “Glial Cells in Health and Disease” that was held in London, September 4-8.  He gave a presentation entitled “Cell-cell communication beyond connexins: The pannexin family “ on the functional role of Pannexins, a small group of proteins involved in neuronal function and innate immunity.

03 Sep 2007

New Student

- New PhD student, HKU-Pasteur Research Centre -
Mr Mateusz Kudelko (MPhil in Cellular and Molecular Therapies at the University of Paris 12 in 2004, studying semaphorins) has started his PhD at the Centre. He was a French international volunteer at the Centre under the supervision of the Consulate General of France for 2 years (Sep 2005-2007). He joins the Virus / Immunology team on a project investigating the role phospholipase C-gamma1 during influenza infection.

30 Jul 2007

Grant & Award

- RFCID’s grant -
The Research Fund for Control of Infectious Diseases from the Hong Kong Health, Welfare and Food Bureau has approved for funding a project entitled “Interactions of NK activatory receptors and hemagglutinin from avian flu - Potential implication of NKp44 in anti-flu therapy”, which was submitted by Dr Joanna Ho.

27 Jul 2007

PhD Announcement

- Hong Kong University, July 27, 2007 -
Mr Jason Kam has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong for his work entitled “Biochemical, functional and immunogenic characterization of the SARS spike glycoprotein: Implications for the development of a subunit vaccine”.
Dr Jason Kam joined the Centre in Autumn 2003 and published two scientific articles (Kam et al. 2007 & Nal-Rogier et al. 2005). Visit also our News & Events’ page and our photo albums’ page.

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