Insecticide is a major tool to control mosquito populations which help to mitigate and prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika. However, insecticides' effectiveness is compromised by the increasing development of resistance in mosquitoes worldwide. Resistance profile is largely unknown in Hong Kong's mosquito populations. To identify effective insecticide ingredients, it is important to test the suspectibility in local mosquito populations.
Centre for Immunology & Infection
Addressing Public Health Issues Posed by Emerging Infectious Diseases
The rise of infectious diseases poses a significant threat to human health and public health systems globally. With the objective of deepening the understanding of human response to viruses and diseases, the Centre for Immunology & Infection (C2i) will contribute to establishing Hong Kong as a global centre of excellence for precision medicine tailored to population strategies and formulate innovative solutions for public health challenges with special attention to emerging infectious diseases.
A major focus of C2i is to apply a new technology platform established by the Institut Pasteur to develop an Immune Report Card for individuals, which will help define the health of one’ s immune system — the first line defence mechanism against diseases. The work will take into consideration individual genetics, previous infection histories, resident microbiota, as well as personal lifestyle and environmental factors to come up with personalised patient management strategies and improve the effectiveness of future public health initiatives.