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RIIP-Info:Symposium at Shanghai CDC, May 2012

Symposium (May 7th to May 9th) and a practical training workshop (May 11th to May 18th) is organized at the Shanghai CDC as a joint initiative of the Institut Pasteur International Network, the University of California, Davies, the Fudan University and the Shanghai CDC.

The symposium will cover global epidemiology, clinical tuberculosis, host-pathogen interactions, HIV co-infection, mechanisms of antibiotic resistances, multi-drug resistance (MDR), extremely drug resistance (XDR) and persistence, rapid diagnosis and drug susceptibility testing (DST), implementation of rapid diagnosis and DST tests in different settings, TB treatments including MDR and XDR tuberculosis, molecular epidemiology, evolution of M. tuberculosis family strains, immune responses during TB infection and disease, BCG vaccination and new vaccine candidates.

Expected speakers are: Jennifer Flood (California Dpt. Public Health), Arnaud Trebucq (The UNION), Steffen Stenger (Ulm University), Grace Lin (UC Davies), Olivier Neyrolles (CNRS, Toulouse), Ying Zhang (John Hopkins University, Baltimore), Katherine DeRiemer (UC, Davies), Barry Kreiswirth (UMDNJ, Newark), WenHong Zhang (HuaShan Hospital, Shanghai), Qian Gao (Fudan University, Shanghai), Brigitte Gicquel (Institut Pasteur, Paris). Language will be English.

The practical training workshop will provide training for the different commercial tests for rapid diagnosis and DST using nucleic acid-based technologies : MTBDRplus and MTBDRsl HAIN tests, Cepheid GenExpert tests. Antibiotic gene targets will be sequenced to identify resistances. Molecular epidemiology techniques will be compared: spoligotyping, MIRU/VNTR typing, and genotyping. Works will be done using bacterial cultures but also directly with clinical samples without previous culturing. Language will be English and Chinese.

The practical course will be for a group of twenty participants. Therefore the persons that are willing to follow the Symposium and the training workshop are encouraged to contact Brigitte Gicquel (brigitte.gicquel@pasteur.fr) and Qian Gao (qgao99@yahoo.com), as soon as possible. They will have to send a CV and a letter of motivation. A limited number of fellowships will cover travels, lodging expenses and tuition fees exclusively. 

The strict deadline for receiving applications is February 15th 2012.

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