32nd Institut Pasteur Launched In Vientiane, Laos
January 27, 2012
The 32nd Institut Pasteur was launched in Vientiane, Laos this week. The new research center will focus on infectious and parasitic diseases prevalent in Southeast Asia.
AsianScientist (Jan. 27, 2012) – The Institut Pasteur International Network launched its 32nd institute in Vientiane, Laos this week. The new research center will focus on infectious and parasitic diseases such as Japanese encephalitis, dengue, and malaria which are prevalent in the Southeast Asian region.
Present at the launch ceremony were the Lao Minister of Public Health, Professor Som Ock Kingsadat and the President of the Institut Pasteur in Paris, Professor Alice Dautry.
The Institute will be organized into three laboratories that will focus on virology; vaccine-preventable and infectious diseases; and medical entomology and parasitology.
Newly appointed director Dr. Paul Brey will take the helm of the Institut Pasteur in Laos and its medical entomology laboratory following approval from the Lao government. Brey is the former Institut Pasteur laboratory head and former regional advisor for the Institut Pasteur International Network in Asia.
Funding for the institute comes from the Lao government, donations, and sponsorship. It is also being backed by the Institut Pasteur in Paris, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the French Ministry of Public Health, private donors including Japanese businesses, and several international institutions including the French Development Agency.
Source: Institut Pasteur.
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