2012 Nobel Laureate Lecture Scheduled for April 27

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute, Florida present the 2012 Nobel Lecture by Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Ph.D., Director, Unit of Regulation of Retroviral Infections, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.

Professor Barré-Sinoussi will be speaking about “HIV, a discovery highlighting the global benefit of translational research,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. An RSVP is required to attend the event. Please email nobel2012@science.fau.edu to reserve your seat.

Barré-Sinoussi has been involved in retrovirology research since the early 1970s and is recognized for her contributions to HIV/AIDS research, in particular as the author of the publication that first reported in 1983 the discovery of the cause of AIDS, a retrovirus, later named HIV. In 1988, Barré-Sinoussi became responsible for her own laboratory at the Institut Pasteur and initiated research programs on viral and host determinants of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis. She has also been involved in collaborative programs on HIV vaccine research, using primate models. Currently, the research programs in the laboratory focus on mechanisms required to protect against HIV/SIV infections and/or against early pathogenic signals induced by HIV/SIV (regulation of viral replication and/or regulation) of harmful T cell activation, in particular by components of the innate immunity.

For additional details on Barré-Sinoussi’s research, see Unité de Régulation des Infections Rétrovirales. For more information, contact Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, Associate Dean for Research & Industry Relations at rnarayan@fau.edu.

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