5 October 2012

South Africa: Dr. Anthony Fauci to Present a Lecture on Ending the HIV/Aids Pandemic - From Scientific Advances to Public Health Implementation.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases in the United States will present a lecture at the Auditorium, Charlotte Maxeqe Johannesburg academic hospital on October 8, 2012, from 14:30 - 15:30 in exploring ways the AIDS pandemic can be resolved. His presentation will acknowledge the significant contributions South African scientists and public health officials have made to the global fight. As one of the principal architects of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), he brings a wealth of experience to the job of saving of lives in many countries including South Africa.

Dr. Fauci, who needs no introduction within the HIV/AIDS fraternity, was the 13th most-cited scientist among the 2.5 to 3 million authors in all disciplines throughout the world who published articles in scientific journals during a twenty year time frame from 1983 to 2002. He was also the world's 10th most-cited HIV/AIDS researcher in the period 1996-2006.

He will also deliver a Keynote presentation at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban on October 10, 2012 from 8 -10am. The presentation will cover the extraordinary advances in basic and clinical research in HIV/AIDS that have been made over three decades, leading to the development of interventions, particularly for treating and preventing HIV infection.

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. Dr. Fauci serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza.

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