Professor Malik Peiris receives the title "Officier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur" [fr]
The Consul General of France in Hong kong and Macau, Mr Eric Berti awarded Prof Malik Peiris the title of “Officier de la Légion d’honneur” on March 29th, 2017. A reception was held at the Residence of France on this occasion under the sponsorship of the French biotechnology company BioMérieux.
This high distinction is a further acknowledgement of his dedication to France after he had already been nominated “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” in 2007. Through this honour, the French republic pays tribute to Malik Peiris’ key role in the scientific cooperation between Hong Kong and France, to his support to strengthen the relationship between the University of Hong Kong and the Institut Pasteur, and to his continuous advice to the French community in Hong Kong in terms of public health.
The reception was also a chance to welcome at the Residence of France the 20 participants of the 9th HKU-Pasteur Immunology course and praise the success of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole’s training activities bringing together in Hong Kong high level speakers coming from different places in the world, including from the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Malik Peiris is co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole since 2007.
Trained as a medical doctor, Malik Peiris has become an expert scientist in virology. His work focuses on emerging virus diseases at the animal-human interface including influenza, coronaviruses and others. His current research encompasses the pathogenesis, innate immune responses, transmission, ecology and epidemiology of human and animal (poultry, swine, wild birds) influenza viruses. His research has provided understanding on the emergence and pathogenesis of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus and on avian influenza viruses H5N1, H9N2 and H7N9. His collaborative research has provided evidence-based options for the control of these viruses in poultry and in humans. In 2003, he played a key role in the discovery that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS, its diagnosis and pathogenesis. In 2015, he was also involved in the Ebola crisis with colleagues at the Institut Pasteur.