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The Paris-based Pasteur Institute, one of the world’s most distinguished biomedical research bodies, has announced that it will assign one vacancy to a Latin American student in each of the 17 post-graduate courses it offers. The institute will cover the students’ airfare to Paris as well as housing and food costs.

The institute will also finance the participation of its scientists attending courses in Latin America organised as part of AMSUD-Pasteur, the programme for scientific cooperation between academic institutions in Latin American countries and the Pasteur Institute.

The announcement was made by Pasteur’s vice-president, Alain Gouyette, at the Scientific Meeting AMSUD-Pasteur, held last month in Curitiba, Brazil.

Launched in 2001, AMSUD-Pasteur aims to encourage biological, biomedical and biotechnological studies and to stimulate the integration of universities and research centres in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile with European institutions, mainly the Pasteur Institute.

It currently links 50 institutions in six different countries, making it the biggest research network in South America.