Founded in 1887 and based in Paris, France, the Institut Pasteur is an international research and education center that stands out in many disciplines. It has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent research and is a leading player in tackling global health threats. In 2017, the Institut Pasteur and its international network, consisting of 33 centers around the world, joined forces with the Open Medical Institute to conduct an annual seminar in Global Health.
This year’s seminar on Viruses, Liver and Cancers, initially scheduled for 2020, took place from July 18 to 24, 2021 in Salzburg. 30 fellows from 21 different countries, including Institut Pasteur satellites in Cambodia, Cameroon, Central Africa, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Greece, Lao PDR, and Senegal attended the course, both in-person and remotely.
The faculty consisted of twelve outstanding experts in the field: Vincenzo Barnaba, Paul Dény, Esteban Domingo, Jean Dubuisson, Marie-Louise Michel, Jean-Christophe Pagès, Pascal Pineau, Stanislas Pol, Angela Santoni, Jean-Pierre Vartanian, and Yu Wei.
Jean-Pierre Vartanian, who is the Research Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Virology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, led the course and created a compelling schedule.
Lectures on Monday, July 19
- Hepatitis B Virus, Restriction Factors and Cancer (Jean-Pierre Vartanian)
- Viral Fitness and its Implications for Disease Control and Host Interactions (Esteban Domingo)
Lectures on Tuesday, July 20
- Viral Hepatocarcinogenesis, Viruses, Immunity and Cell Stress (Jean-Christophe Pagès)
- Genomic Aspects of Viral Hepatocarcino-Genesis (Pascal Pineau)
- Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Hepatocarcinogenesis (Yu Wei)
Lectures on Wednesday, July 21
- Virus Hijacking of Host Innate Immune Responses (Angela Santoni)
- Virus-Host Cell Interactions in the Life Cycle of Hepatitis C Virus (Jean Dubuisson)
Lectures on Thursday, July 22
- Hepatitis D Virus Infection: Virology, Epidemiology, Natural History and Treatment (Paul Deny)
- Viral Hepatitis and Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment (Stanislas Pol)
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Surgery (Stanislas Pol)
Lectures on Friday, July 23
- Immunological Aspects and Pathogenesis of Hepatitis B and C Viruses Associated Liver Damage (Vincenzo Barnaba)
- Cancer Immunotherapy (Vincenzo Barnaba)
- Preventive and Therapeutic Vaccines for Hepatitis B (Marie-Louise Michel)
Marina Prisca De Marguerite Nombot-Yazenguet, MD
Central Africa (Institut Pasteur)
“What I like about the seminar is the possibility to bring together scientists, doctors, and professors from various backgrounds to exchange and discuss advances in science.”
Georgia Papadopoulou, MSc
Greece (Institut Pasteur)
“The experiences and conversations I had with people from different places and professions motivated me to take on new challenges by learning about subjects that I am not familiar with, which will be helpful for my research.”
Ohanna Kirakosyan, MD
“In addition to many new things I learned, I want to emphasize that I am very happy I had the chance to meet so many nice people. This was a great opportunity for networking and collaboration between experts and participants! I am going to share the impressions and knowledge I received here with my colleagues.”