From 28 to 30 November 2022 the Annual Meeting of the Pasteur Network co-organized with the Institut Pasteur Italia will take place at Sapienza University in Rome. This meeting will bring together all directors, scientific directors and researchers of more than 30 Pasteur Network members in the world, located in over 20 countries across 5 continents. The theme this year is “The Start of a New Chapter”, which reflects the recent development of the Pasteur Network aiming for a more inclusive and participative governance.

The inaugural day will take place on Monday 28 November starting at 11:30 in the Aula Magna with the participation of Prof. Antonella Polimeni, Rector of Sapienza University of Rome, Prof. Luigi Frati, President of the Istituto Pasteur Italia Cenci Bolognetti Foundation, the French Ambassador in Italy Prof. Christian Masset, Prof. Silvio Brusaferro, President of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 and Honorary President of the Pasteur Network.

The new vision of the Pasteur Network will be presented by Dr. Rebecca F. Grais, the new Executive Director of the Pasteur Network with Prof. Amadou Sall, President of the Pasteur Network and Prof. Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Network Foundation.

The keynote speaker of the session “The new vision of the Pasteur Network” will be Prof. Rino Rappuoli, Scientific Director of the Siena Biotecnopolo Foundation who will deliver a lecture on “The miracle of COVID-19 vaccines and the trillion-dollar gap” to illustrate how new technologies and unprecedented public investment have transformed vaccine development and allowed fast delivery of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines, mitigating the impact of the pandemic on health and the economy. A quantum change in public investment for vaccine development and widespread vaccine distribution are necessary to achieve global pandemic preparedness.

The day will end with a ceremony unveiling the winner of the Pasteur Network Talent Awards to support the career development of young scientists to become future leaders within the Pasteur Network.

An exhibition “From Louis to Pasteur: 1822-1895” will run in parallel to celebrate 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Pasteur.

On Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th, working sessions organized for members of the Pasteur Network will deal with its main strategic priorities such as epidemic intelligence and preparedness, and research and development to support regional manufacturing of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. The Pasteur Network also supports thecreation of diverse collaborative multi-disciplinary communities of knowledge which will be discussed during a session called “Working Together” that illustrates the leitmotiv of the entire event.


2022 Pasteur Network Annual Meeting Poster
2022 Pasteur Network Annual Meeting Poster

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About Istituto Pasteur Italia
Istituto Pasteur Italia, part of the Pasteur Network, is committed to promotion of biomedical research, scientific education and dissemination. The research activity is mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the biological processes with the goal of expanding our knowledge on the molecular basis of many infectious and non-communicable diseases.
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About the Pasteur Network
The Pasteur Network is a vast human and scientific community with more than 30 members in over 20 countries who together contribute to the improvement of global health. Located in the heart of endemic areas, the Network has privileged access to a large number of pathogens that it monitors and studies on all five continents. This exceptional diversity makes the Pasteur Network a global actor in public health, science, innovation, and education, especially in the fight against infectious diseases.
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The Institut Pasteur International Network is evolving and becoming the Pasteur Network (2021)

Protocole d’entente

Washington, D.C., Paris | 26 juillet 2022 – L’Institut de Prévention des Pandémies (IPP) de la Fondation Rockefeller et le Pasteur Network ont signé un protocole d’entente cherchant à faire progresser la détection précoce et le signalement des maladies émergentes et ré-émergentes. Le protocole d’entente permettra la mise en place un réseau de surveillance mondial solide et décentralisé renforçant les capacités locales pour le partage de données de haute qualité entre les pays. La collaboration vise à améliorer l’efficacité de l’Institut de Prévention des Pandémies et des 33 membres du Pasteur Network, tant dans la lutte contre les maladies infectieuses, telles que le Covid-19 et la variole du singe, que pour  informer sur les interventions menées contre ces maladies.

« Notre travail avec le Pasteur Network aura sans aucun doute un impact transformationnel sur la sécurité sanitaire mondiale en s’appuyant sur la capacité à faire progresser les pratiques équitables de partage des données qui fourniront aux principales parties prenantes et aux décideurs des informations opportunes, plus précises et pertinentes pour prendre des décisions cruciales en matière de santé et de stratégie », a déclaré le Dr Rick Bright, PDG de l’Institut de Prévention des Pandémies de la Fondation Rockefeller. « Notre objectif collectif est de faire progresser l’accès à la surveillance des agents pathogènes, au séquençage génomique, aux outils d’analyse et de partage des données dans les pays à faible et moyens revenu tout en favorisant les réseaux de laboratoires sentinelles pour la détection précoce des maladies. »

Rick Bright and Amadou A. Sall

« Ce protocole d’entente est une étape majeure de notre collaboration avec la Fondation Rockefeller et l’IPP, qui pourrait avoir un impact significatif sur la préparation aux épidémies et aux pandémies. Ensemble, le Pasteur Network et l’IPP forment une combinaison efficace de talents et de capacités complémentaires pour faire face aux menaces sanitaires mondiales », a déclaré le Dr Amadou Sall, Président du Pasteur Network.

« Nous sommes fiers de soutenir cette initiative. Ce partenariat important et historique apportera un soutien indispensable au renforcement des capacités et à la veille épidémiologique », a déclaré le Pr Stewart Cole, Président de la fondation Pasteur Network, qui contribue au développement du réseau Pasteur Network.

Durant les prochaines années, le partenariat se concentrera principalement sur les domaines suivants :


Le partenariat se concentrera également sur des projets de recherche interdisciplinaires portant sur les causes des émergences épidémiques. Les réseaux combinés maintiendront des structures locales et régionales pour favoriser une force opérationnelle permanente. Ils partageront les technologies, les systèmes, les pratiques et les techniques avec leurs réseaux.


À propos du Pasteur Network

Pasteur Network, anciennement connu sous le nom de Réseau International des Instituts Pasteur, est un réseau mondial qui contribuent à la santé mondiale. Ce modèle unique de coopération rassemble, au-delà des structures indépendantes publiques ou privées qui le composent, une communauté humaine et scientifique collectivement mobilisée sur des priorités de santé tant locales, régionales que mondiales. Les membres du Pasteur Network partagent la même mission d’améliorer la santé par la recherche biomédicale, les activités de santé publique, la formation et l’innovation.
Pour plus d’informations, visitez la page officielle des members du réseau et suivez-le sur LinkedIn et le Twitter de l’Institut Pasteur.

À propos de l’Institut de Prévention des Pandémies

L’Institut de Prévention des Pandémies (IPP) de la Fondation Rockefeller a pour mission de contribuer au travail crucial de construction de systèmes de détection, de prévention et d’atténuation des menaces pandémiques, menant à un endiguement rapide et efficace. L’IPP poursuit sa mission grâce à l’intégration de technologies de pointe et d’approches analytiques transformant les données en actions qui permettent de prendre des décisions susceptibles de sauver des vies ; un réseau fédéré d’utilisateurs et de détenteurs de données avec une représentation mondiale ; et un leadership collaboratif au niveau mondial.
Pour plus d’informations sur les partenaires, les solutions de données et plus encore, visitez le site officiel du PPI et suivez-le sur LinkedIn et Twitter.

À propos de la Fondation Rockefeller

La Fondation Rockefeller est une philanthropie pionnière fondée sur des partenariats collaboratifs aux frontières de la science, de la technologie et de l’innovation pour permettre aux individus, aux familles et aux communautés de s’épanouir. Nous travaillons à promouvoir le bien-être de l’humanité et à rendre les opportunités universelles.  Nous nous concentrons sur la mise à l’échelle des énergies renouvelables pour tous, la stimulation de la mobilité économique et la garantie d’un accès équitable à une alimentation saine et nutritive.
Pour plus d’informations, inscrivez-vous à la newsletter sur rockefellerfoundation.org et suivez-le sur Twitter.

Contacts presse :

Mike Hayes
Vice-Président de la communication / CCO, Institut de Prévention des Pandémies
mhayes@rockfound.org | +1 703-740-6981

Juliette Hardy
Responsable de la communication, Pasteur Network
juliette.hardy@pasteur.fr

Publication originelle le 26 juillet 2022, mise à jour le 27 septembre 2022.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Washington, D.C., Paris | July 26, 2022 – The Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI) and the Pasteur Network have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance early detection and reporting for emerging and re-emerging diseases and build a robust decentralized global surveillance network that strengthens local capacity for sharing high-quality data across countries.
The collaboration aims to enhance the effectiveness of the Pandemic Prevention Institute and the Pasteur Network’s 33 member institutions in both addressing infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 and Monkeypox, and informing interventions against them.


“Our work with the Pasteur Network will undoubtedly make a transformational impact on global health security, leveraging the ability to advance equitable data-sharing practices that will provide key stakeholders and decision-makers with timely, more accurate and relevant information to make critical health and policy decisions,” said Dr. Rick Bright, CEO of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute. “Our collective aim is to advance access to pathogen surveillance, genomic sequencing, analytics, and data sharing tools in low- and middle-income countries and to foster sentinel laboratory networks for early disease detection.”

Rick Bright and Amadou A. Sall


“This MoU is a major milestone in our collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation and the PPI that could lead to significant impact in epidemic and pandemic preparedness. Together, the Pasteur Network and PPI are an effective combination of complementary talents and capacity to address global health threats said Dr. Amadou Sall, President of the Pasteur Network.


“We are proud to support this initiative. This important, historic partnership will provide much-needed support to capacity building and epidemic intelligence,” said Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Network Foundation that contributes to the Pasteur Network’s development.

Over the coming years, the partnership will focus primarily on the following areas:


The partnership will also focus on interdisciplinary research projects addressing the causes of outbreaks and epidemics. The combined networks will maintain local and regional structures to foster a permanent operational force and share technologies, systems, practices, and techniques with their networks.


About the Pasteur Network

Pasteur Network, previously known as the Institut Pasteur International Network, is a worldwide network of members which contribute to global health. This unique model of cooperation brings together, beyond the independent public or private structures that form the Network, a human and scientific community collectively mobilized for both local, regional and global health priorities. The members of Pasteur Network share the same mission to improve health through biomedical research, public health activities, training, and innovation.
For more information, visit our members dedicated webpage and follow us on LinkedIn and on the Institut Pasteur’s Twitter.

About the Pandemic Prevention Institute

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI) is mission-driven to contribute to the crucial work of building systems that detect, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats, leading to rapid, effective containment. PPI is pursuing its mission through the integration of cutting-edge technology and analytic approaches that turn data into action that drives life-saving decisions; a federated network of data users and holders with global representation; and collaborative leadership at the global level.
For more information on partners, data solutions and more visit the PPI official website and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal. Our focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to healthy and nutritious food.
For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter.

Media Contacts:

Mike Hayes
VP Communications / CCO, Pandemic Prevention Institute
mhayes@rockfound.org | +1 703-740-6981

Juliette Hardy
Head of Communications, Pasteur Network
juliette.hardy@pasteur.fr

Original publication on July 26th 2022. Updated on September 27th, 2022.

In June 2021, the Pasteur Network changed its governance to be more participatory and egalitarian. Upon agreement of all its members, a dedicated executive board was created to translate this evolution into concrete actions.

At the end of June 2022, the restructuring of the Pasteur Network begins with the arrival of Rebecca F. Grais, its new Executive Director, whose vision integrates a strong human dimension that is essential to the functioning of a network.


Rebecca Grais’ appointment comes one year after the network’s collective reorganization. The expertise she brings to the table will help make a more synergistic approach among its members a reality. As Executive Director of the association and the foundation, her arrival marks Pasteur Network’s commitment to work for the improvement of global health by adopting, more than ever, a logic of solidarity.” Amadou Alpha Sall, President of Pasteur Network and Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Network Foundation.

Rebecca F. Grais was the Director of Research at Epicentre. She has extensive experience in epidemiological research focused on populations with little or no access to care. She was a former co-opted member of the Board of Directors and a member of scientific committees in the network and thus has a good knowledge of the Pasteur Network, its strengths, weaknesses and potential. She will lead its development with a collaborative ethos to address public health issues and improve health equity throughout the world.

Under her leadership, Pasteur Network will unite around a common culture built on the fundamental right of every human being to be in good health [1]. Rebecca F. Grais’ vision of the network includes a multi-scale approach: that of the individuals, that of the members and that of the Pasteur Network as a whole. With her, the network will learn to develop and add the strengths of each to improve public health in all its aspects: research, prevention, communication, and training among others.

Rebecca F. Grais will ensure that an environment conducive to the acquisition of knowledge and skills is maintained for both the Pasteurian community and the local populations. The results will be translated and transmitted beyond the scientific and academic literature. This open approach will participate in ensuring community participation and  will contribute to the development of health policies.

The executive management of Pasteur Network will leverage the network’s international presence, collaborative ethos, and diverse expertise to establish its global leadership.

It’s an exciting opportunity and honor to be a part of the Pasteur Network. One of my goals will be to strengthen an enabling environment for the network to ensure that individuals, members and the network as a whole are able to achieve their goals.” Rebecca F. Grais Executive Director of the Pasteur Network.

About:

Rebecca F. Grais’ work focuses on prevention of infectious diseases, tropical diseases and emerging infections in low resource settings, particularly low and middle income countries among populations with little to no access to care. She has also focused on population-based studies of the effectiveness of public health interventions and efficacy trials of novel vaccines and therapeutic agents.

An additional aspect of her work concerns professional development, mentoring, and management training for populations underrepresented in research. The goal is to advance their individual careers while contributing to responsive innovations in health care. Rebecca F. Grais completed the majority of her training at John Hopkins University (USA) before obtaining her accreditation to supervise research from the Faculty of Medicine at the Université Paris-Saclay (formerly Paris-Sud) in 2013. At Epicentre, she was the head of the Epidemiology unit before becoming the Director of Research from 2015 to 2022.


[1]  According to the WHO Constitution “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”

Original publication on June 23rd 2022, updated September 27th 2022.

New appointments took place between July and September 2021 within the Pasteur Network. Six directors where appointed in agreement with the local institute administrations and the Institut Pasteur for a period of at least two years.

These new directors will integrate the various bodies of the Pasteur Network located in the Network four regions : Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Euro-Mediterranean.

Sabo Haoua Seini
CERMES

Sabou Haoua Seini has been appointed as General Director of CERMES and started her new position on August 11th 2021.

First and only woman Doctor in Biochemistry in Niger, second woman CAMES Full Professor of Niger, her journey through Niger, Africa and the 5 continents allowed her to also be Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education of Research and Innovation.

Sabou Haoua Seini succeeds Rabiou Labbo, replacement of Halima Boubacar as acting director since February 2019.

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Philippe Dussart
Institut Pasteur de Madagascar

Philippe Dussart has been appointed as General Director of the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar starting his new position on September 1st 2021.

Formed as biologist pharmacist and holder of a doctorate in microbiology, specialised in virology, Philippe Dussart has been working for the Pasteur Network for the 20 years in 3 different regions: Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific. He has proven his expertise on the fields of arboviruses, respiratory viruses including seasonal influenza, avian influenza and SARS-CoV-2, as well as viral zoonoses.

Philippe Dussart succeeds André Spiegel.

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Christophe Peyrefitte
Institut Pasteur de la Guyane

Christophe Peyrefitte has been appointed as Director of the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane and started his new position on September 1st 2021.

After a first part of his career dedicated to researching medical countermeasures against arboviruses, haemorrhagic fever viruses and orthopoxviruses within the Army Health Service followed by the Scientific Direction of the Institut Pasteur de Dakar.

Christophe Peyrefitte succeeds Mirdad Kazanji, who held this position for the last 7 years.

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André Spiegel
Institut Pasteur du Cambodge

André Spiegel has been appointed as Director of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on October 1st 2021.

Doctor of medicine and Associate Professor in epidemiology and public health of the Val-de-Grâce Hospital, he has held various responsibilities within the Pasteur Network, holding the position of Head of the Epidemiology Units of the Institut Malardé in French Polynesia (1989- 1991) and the Institut Pasteur de Dakar in (1996-2000) followed by directing positions in the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane (2007-2011), the Institut Pasteur de Dakar (2011-2015) and the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (2016-2021).

André Spiegel succeeds Laurence Baril who held this position from 2019 to 2021.

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Efstathios Gonos
Institut Pasteur Hellénique

Efstathios Gonos has been elected General Director of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute in 2021.

Efstathios Gonos graduated from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Athens, Greece in 1984, obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Glasgow, Britain in 1989 and a Docent in Biomedicine at the Orebro University, Medical School, Sweden in 2011. In addition to teaching and being a public speaker, Dr Gonos has been a “senior expert” of European Union (E. U.) in “Human development and the aging process” and Deputy National Representative of Greece in E.U. in “Genomics and Biotechnology for Health” as well as Editor-in-Chief of “Mechanisms of Ageing & Development” journal.

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Mirdad Kazanji
Centre Pasteur du Cameroun

Mirdad Kazanji has been appointed as General Director of the Pasteur Center in Cameroon and started his new position on October 1st 2021.

Mirdad Kazanji, virologist and Research Director at the Institut Pasteur, has also directed the Institut Pasteur de Bangui, Central African Republic from 2009 to 2014 and the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane since 2014, before joining the Pasteur Center in Cameroon in 2021. His scientific career is focused on the viruses natural history, their origins and transmission, as well as public health issues related to the surveillance and emergence of viral epidemics.

Mirdad Kazanji succeeds Elisabeth Carniel who held this position from 2017 to 2021.

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To know more about the Pasteur Network members and its representatives, visit the Member’s section.

Original publication on November 17th 2021. Updated on September 27th, 2022.