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Novel Approaches to HIV Prevention

Date: 12 November 2014
Speaker: Prof David D. Ho

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Professor David D. Ho is the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University. He has been the major driving force behind the medical breakthrough in controlling HIV in patients. His studies unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionised people’s basic understanding of this horrific disease. This knowledge led Professor Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy that resulted in unprecedented control of HIV in patients. His team is now devoting considerable efforts to develop vaccines to halt the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. Furthermore, he is now leading a consortium of Chinese and American organisations to help address the HIV/AIDS crisis in China.
Professor Ho has received numerous honours and awards for his scientific accomplishments, including 12 honorary doctorates and the Presidential Medal in 2001 from the US Government, among others. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996. He has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in the US.

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Prof David D. Ho

Scientific Director and CEO, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, US

Professor David D. Ho is the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University. He has been the major driving force behind the medical breakthrough in controlling HIV in patients. His studies unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionised people’s basic understanding of this horrific disease. This knowledge led Professor Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy that resulted in unprecedented control of HIV in patients. His team is now devoting considerable efforts to develop vaccines to halt the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. Furthermore, he is now leading a consortium of Chinese and American organisations to help address the HIV/AIDS crisis in China.
Professor Ho has received numerous honours and awards for his scientific accomplishments, including 12 honorary doctorates and the Presidential Medal in 2001 from the US Government, among others. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996. He has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in the US.

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