Med anledning av Institut Pasteurs 120-årsjubileum nästa år anordnas nedanstående konferenser:

THE METCHNIKOFF'S LEGACY IN 2008 - April 28-30, 2008
In 1908, twenty years after having joined the newly created Institut Pasteur, Elie Metchnikoff shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine with Paul Ehrlich. This prize was awarded to Metchnikoff for his discovery of phagocytes as the basis of cell-mediated immunity and to Ehrich for his studies on antibodies and humoral immunity. Metchnikoff viewed phagocytosis within the wider concept of "Harmony and Disharmony" that described the complex relationship between pathogens and their hosts. One hundred years later, the importance of Metchnikoff's legacy is increasingly evident. Metchnikoff proposed that phagocytosis was an ancient mechanism originating in primitive metazoans that provided a rapidly operating defense system against microorganisms. Today, we know that phagocytes also play a crucial role in adaptive immunity in higher organisms, thus reconciling Metchnikoff's cellular immunity with Paul Ehrlich's humoral immunity.

25 YEARS OF HIV - May 19-21, 2008
HIV was isolated 25 years ago. HIV research then and now bear no comparison. While the meeting will understandably take us back to 1983, it seeks to present cutting edge research from the virus to the clinic. It kicks off with structural studies on the virus and moves on to how the host cell tries to restrict replication by a variety of different approaches. The day ends with an overview of the enormous diversity of simian look-alike virus. The second day is resolutely immunological and covers antibodies, T cell responses and immunopathogenesis. The ensemble is tied up by reviewing the impact of human polymorphisms on disease progression. The last day turns to the difficult problems of a vaccine and drug resistance. The changing face of clinical AIDS and the disease burden in the Africa and Asia bring up the rear.

UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROLLING INFECTIOUS DISEASES: AN AGENDA FOR THE XXI:st CENTURY - November 11-13, 2008
The 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Institut Pasteur will take place in 2008. One of the events to highlight this celebration will be the 7th Louis Pasteur Conference on Infectious Diseases. This two-day conference will gather the world's best experts in the fields of epidemiology, public health, microbiology, and immunology. The major goals of the Conference will be to present cutting-edge concepts and methodologies and discuss how they might increase our ability to monitor emerging infectious diseases, model and control epidemics, understand pathogenesis at the molecular and cellular levels, discover new drugs, dissect the host immunity, and generate new vaccines. The Conference will consist of four sessions, each opening with a historical perspective presenting past achievements and how basic research has been able to eliminate critical 'roadblocks', and closing with a talk stressing the remaining challenges in controlling infectious diseases.

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THE METCHNIKOFF'S LEGACY IN 2008
25 YEARS OF HIV - May 19 - 21, 2008
UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROLLING INFECTIOUS DISEASES: AN AGENDA FOR THE XXI:st CENTURY - November 11-13, 2008