Institut Pasteur Opens New Research Facility

The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge will today inaugurate a new research facility in Phnom Penh that will bring together national and international scientists to work on emerging diseases, the French Embassy said.

Active in Cambodia for more than 60 years, the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge’s new research facility will focus on emerging and re-emerging diseases such as avian influenza, or H5N1, Nicolas Baudouin, first secretary at the French Embassy, said Monday.

“The Institut Pasteur is not new here, they have been active in communicable diseases, tropical medicine for many years and this center will help to increase regional expertise,” Mr. Baudouin said.

After the inauguration, scientists will meet for a two-day symposium, which will feature Nobel Prize winner Barre-Sinoussi, who has done much of her HIV/Aids research with the help of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, as well as other renowned experts from China, Hong Kong, Korea, France and the World Health Organization.

“A round-table discussion organized on 11 March at the University of Health Sciences will give Cambodian students the opportunity to debate issues and challenges in scientific research,” particularly on HIV/Aids, the French Embassy said in a statement Monday.

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