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Inaugural Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Honour of Dr. Mark Wainberg

The Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, and McGill University are proud to invite themedia to attend a symposium featuring Nobel Laureate Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Montreal, October 30, 2017 – The Lady Davis Institute (LDI) and Division of Infectious Diseases at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and McGill University are proud to host a landmark symposium on emerging and complex infectious diseases. Leading scientists in the field will be on hand to share their research, including Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for her pioneering work in identifying the AIDS virus. She will discuss advances in HIV research and prospects for discovering a cure for AIDS.

The symposium, which is open to the public, is being held in honour of Dr. Mark Wainberg, founding Director of the McGill AIDS Centre and former Director of the LDI, who was a legendary AIDS researcher and activist right up until his untimely death earlier this year. A tribute to Dr. Wainberg’s accomplishments will open the proceedings.

“Mark’s contributions to anti-retroviral drug discovery and his tireless efforts to ensure that AIDS patients throughout the world had access to essential medicine literally saved millions of lives,” said Dr. Gerald Batist, acting Director of the LDI at the JGH, an institution member of the Integrated Health and Social Services University (CIUSSS) Network for West-Central Montreal.. “With this symposium, we honour his memory and affirm our commitment to continuing his legacy in HIV research and, indeed, to expand it more broadly into emerging and complex infectious diseases.”

"The loss of Dr. Wainberg will be felt for many years to come, but it is heartening that his name will continue to be associated with an annual symposium on the latest developments in emerging infectious diseases," says Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. "The international scope of this year's inaugural event also reflects the global perspective that was so intrinsic to Dr. Wainberg's tireless efforts as global activist."

Other guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Myron Cohen of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, speaking on “Treatment as Prevention, Lessons from HIV”
  • Dr. Gerald Friedland of Yale University on “Confronting HIV and TB from the Bronx, NY to Tugela Ferry, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa and Beyond “
  • Ron Rosenes, CM, a community health advocate who will discuss Dr. Wainberg’s role in the HIV community;
  • Dr. Marina Klein of the McGill University Health Centre on moving to eliminate Hepatitis C in HIV infected populations;
  • Dr. Catherine Hankins of the McGill University Health Centre, speaking on “HIV science to action: knowledge translation for lasting impact”
  • Dr. Matthias Götte of the University of Alberta speaking on “Management of newly emerging infections- Lessons learned from HIV”
  • A special video tribute from Dr. Anthany Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jewish General Hospital
Block Amphitheatre

This symposium will be an annual event to address important topics in infectious disease research.

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