Institut pasteur de Dakar
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Research is the central pivot of IPD and health activities in Senegal constituting a major strategic orientation: ii) resistance of pathogens to anti-infectives, (ii) strategies for the control and prevention of infections which are attacked according to an integral multidisciplinary approach of microbiology, entomology, epidemiology, immunology and genetics.

In the field of public health, the IPD has 7 reference centers for the hemorrhagic fever virus, inter-country for polio and influenza, for the red virus and the rotavirus CNR for rabies and for enterobacteria.

In this national, regional and international context, the IPD provides its scientific and medical skills in the following areas:

Epidemiological surveillance,

Investigation and control of epidemics,

Support for national control programs,

Laboratory networks (WHO, national).

The activities of the virology center evolve within the framework of the IPD's missions with:

Research, of which 4 main themes are developed and concerned

    • Arboviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses (AVFH),
    • Rabies and encephalitis diseases,
    • Enteric viruses and
    • Respiratory viruses

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The Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit (UEMI) carries out research activities on the following themes: Sine Saloum, Renutrition trial in children with moderate acute malnutrition, Vaccination at birth against hepatitis B.

Study infectious diseases and react to the emergence of new pathogens. It is the corn that the epidemiology department sets itself, the research is multidisciplinary.

The Medical Entomology Unit (UEM) shares its activities between research, public health expertise and teaching.

The unit for the development of research programs on the transmission of malaria and on the ecology of arthropod vectors of arboviruses. Research activities on bioecology, genetics of vector populations and virus-vector-vertebrate interactions, the impact of climate change and the environment on vector dynamics and model development for analyzes and Forecasting the spatio-temporal risks of vector pressure and the development of control strategies through the development or evaluation of new sampling and control tools.


The activities of the G4 Group - Malaria Experimental Genetic Approaches and Vaccines are part of the IPD's missions with research, of which 4 main themes are developed and concern

  • genetics and genomics of malaria
  • malaria vaccines
  • malaria host-pathogen-vector interactions
  • biology of malaria transmission

The Experimental Bacteriology Unit (UBE) is a Research Unit headed by Prof. Amy Gassama Sow, Full Professor of Bacteriology-Virology, who is responsible for a senior technician and a laboratory worker. Since 2014, the unit has welcomed Dr Guillaume Constantin de Magny, researcher from the MIVEGEC unit (IRD / CNRS / UM).

The Unit's main research theme is: Antibiotic resistance and Enteric infections.

The problem is approached with a double approach: fundamental using the most efficient techniques of molecular and applied biology while not losing sight of the interest of this research for the care of patients and the understanding of the diffusion of strains and antibiotic resistance.

Around this theme, several activities are developed:

Monitoring of antibiotic resistance of enterobacteriaceae strains using the "One Health" approach

Molecular epidemiology and antibiotic resistance of enteric bacteria