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2019nCoV: The Pasteur Foundation Asia & HKU-Pasteur On High Alert


Coronaviruses have been at the core of work at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole since the SARS outbreak in 2003. Monitoring closely the emergence of novel viruses is one of our primary missions.


Monitoring closely the emergence of novel viruses is one of the primary missions of HKU-Pasteur, which is why the 2019 HKU-Pasteur Virology Course was dedicated to the study of coronaviruses, from identification to the understanding of their origin, evolution, transmissibility, molecular biology, epidemiological and clinical features. 


HKU-Pasteur’s teams are on high alert to study 2019-nCoV. In coordination with other laboratories from the School of Public Health (HKU), the researchers work under the supervision of Professor Malik Peiris, Co-Director of HKU-Pasteur, and Leo Poon, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, to advance the understanding and the treatment of this novel coronavirus. In 2003, Malik Peiris and his team, which included Leo Poon, played a key role in the discovery that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS, its diagnosis and pathogenesis and contributed to its control. HKU-Pasteur and SPH have, over the years, developed several tests for molecular diagnosis and sero-epidemiology of emerging coronaviruses.


For more information: 

>>> Malik Peiris and Leo Poon To Publish On Molecular Diagnosis

>>> Professor Malik Peiris part of an international collaboration on 2019nCoV

>>> Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR

>>> [Resources] List of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole's Papers on Coronaviruses

>>> The Institut Pasteur International Network At The Forefront

>>> Update on Institut Pasteur’s Work

>>> Virus’ factsheet and protective measures

>>> HKU School Of Nursing Protective Measures Video


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