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AIDS pioneer to speak at MSU Nov. 16

November 10, 2004 -- From MSU News Service


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A legendary scientist who's best known for co-discovering that HIV is the infectious agent responsible for AIDS will present a Frank N. Nelson Distinguished Lecture at Montana State University.

Dr. Robert Gallo will speak on "HIV-AIDS in the Third Decade: Lessons and Prospects" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Museum of the Rockies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gallo is director of the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. His research opened the door for the development of the HIV blood test that allowed health care workers to screen for the AIDS virus. His research also helped physicians develop therapies to prolong the lives of people infected by the virus.

During Gallo's presentation, he will outline a path to a preventive vaccine for AIDS, summarize some of HIV's pathogenic mechanisms and discuss some new therapeutic approaches.

The lecture is sponsored by the Frank N. Nelson Trust, the National Institutes of Health COBRE Program in Infectious Disease, the National Science Foundation's IGERT Program in Complex Biological Systems and the Department of Veterinary Molecular Biology at MSU.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu