Friday ID Conference: “Lessons from Botswana: Prevention and Treatment in the World’s Worst Epidemic of HIV/AIDS”

Title: Friday ID Conference: “Lessons from Botswana: Prevention and Treatment in the World’s Worst Epidemic of HIV/AIDS” – Max Essex, DVM, PhD
Date:  Sept. 28, 2012
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics (directions)

M. Essex, DVM, PhD

Description: Max Essex, DVM, PhD, is the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University, Chair of the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative, and Chair of the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute in Gaborone, Botswana. He was one of the first to link animal and human retroviruses to immunosuppressive disease. For this he shared the Lasker Award, the highest medical research award given in the United States, with Gallo and Montagnier in 1986. With his student, T. H. Lee, he was also the first to identify gp120, the surface protein of HIV-1 that is used for blood screening and diagnosis of AIDS, as well as various vaccine designs. He has received numerous other awards and nine honorary degrees, and has published over 580 papers and 11 books, the latest being Saturday Is for Funerals. His current research includes comprehensive “test-and-treat” approaches to controlling the HIV epidemic, molecular epidemiology, the role of host genetic factors, and chemoprophylaxis, with emphasis on southern Africa.

About Friday ID Conference

The Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series which features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.

The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James. To sign-up to receive weekly announcements of the conference, click here.

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