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GVN Remembers Reinhard Kurth
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dr. Reinhard Kurth
Memorialized with Scholarship Fund
Baltimore, MD: Professor Reinhard Kurth, Global
Virus Network (GVN)
Co-Founder, passed away on February 2 after a long valiant fight against
cancer. Dr. Kurth was on the frontline
of AIDS research having contributed to the understanding of how HIV attacks
cells, ultimately leading to disease. He
helped pioneer a scientific field that came to be known as endogenous human
retrovirology, which focuses on viruses not known to cause disease, but may
have important roles in biology. Dr.
Kurth, through this cutting-edge research, provided biomedical scientists with
the tools necessary to research with, and to study, viral sequences contained
within the human genome.
was a leading figure in biomedicine in Germany.
Most recently, he served as chairman of the Foundation Council of the
Ernst Schering Foundation. He previously
served as President of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute, the Robert Koch Institute
and the German Drug Safety Institute. All three institutions are pivotal in
safeguarding the health of the German people and critical partners to
institutions globally. He was an elected
member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) as well as of
the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.
In 2005, Dr. Kurth became a member of the American Philosophical
Society. Among his many lifetime awards and honors for advancing medicine and
science, Dr. Kurth received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of
Germany in recognition of his scientific contributions and public service in
Gallo, one of the three co-founders of GVN and director of the Institute of
Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore,
Maryland, USA, a GVN Center of Excellence, said, “Reinhard Kurth was one of the
best medical virologists in the world.
He was able to galvanize investigators from Germany, including from the
Robert Koch Institute, the Technical University of Munich and the University of
Marburg, to join in the important efforts of the Global Virus Network (GVN) for
future medical virologists and for helping policy leaders understand the nature
of emerging and reemerging virus infections.
He was an invaluable leader of German health sciences, an important
advisor to me, and a close, personal friend.
His absence will leave a significant hole in my life and that of many
Hall, also a co-founder, and director of the Centre for Research in Infectious
Diseases at University College Dublin's (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical
Science in Dublin, Ireland, one of GVN’s Centers of Excellence, said, ”Recognizing Reinhard’s deep concern
that young scientists do not have sufficient opportunities to encourage them
toward medical virology career paths, we are honoring his legacy of science and
service with the establishment of the Global Virus Network Reinhard Kurth Scholarship
Fund. This Fund will support long- and
short-term training opportunities for the next generation of medical virology
leaders who will be on the front lines of pandemic preparedness and who will
help us tackle viral diseases which threaten countries worldwide today.” To learn more information or to contribute to
the Reinhard Kurth GVN Scholarship fund, please visit here.
About Global Virus
Virus Network (GVN) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, comprised of
leading medical virologists from more than 20 countries. The GVN’s mission is to combat current and
emerging pandemic viral threats through international collaborative research,
training the next generation of medical virologists, and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.gvn.org or call 410-706-1966. Follow GVN on Twitter @GlobalVirusNews