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AAMC Honors Dr. Robert Gallo With Its 2009 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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 Dr. Robert Gallo has been recognized by the AAMC for his lifesaving AIDS research.
 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has honored the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Dr. Robert Gallo with the 2009 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences. This award was established in 1947 and recognizes outstanding clinical or laboratory research conducted by a medical school faculty member. Dr. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology, as well as professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, received the award in honor of his unparalleled discoveries in the field of HIV and AIDS.

 

It was Dr. Gallo, along with French researcher Dr. Luc Montagnier, who co-discovered in the early 1980s that HIV is the cause of AIDS. Not long after, Dr. Gallo and his team were the first to develop an AIDS blood test. Dr. Gallo and his team also identified Interleukin-2 (IL-2), the growth-regulating substance that enables scientists to culture human T-cells outside the human body, which is now used in some treatments for cancer and AIDS. In 1996, he and his colleagues discovered that a natural compound called chemokines could block HIV and slow the progression of AIDS in humans, leading to much more effective treatment options for the disease.

 

To learn more about this award and Dr. Gallo’s distinguished career, click here.

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