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Dr. Gallo was presented with a special issue of Science magazine, which has republished his four breakthrough 1984 papers pinpointing the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS.
Co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute, the symposium looked back at the origins of research on human retroviruses, progress on combating the virus through a successful research enterprise, and obstacles that still need to be overcome in treatment and prevention for the global AIDS epidemic. The symposium was attended by the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers.
Led by Dr. Gallo since 1996, IHV’s impact includes delivering life-saving medications to approximately a quarter-million HIV-infected patients in
The Gala - "Celebrating a Visionary's Quest for Discovery” – was held at the Baltimore Hilton. "We are honoring Dr. Gallo this weekend not only to celebrate one of our distinguished faculty members, but also to draw attention the continuing problem of HIV/AIDS around the world and, especially, here in
Gala guests included former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, as well as research colleagues from around the world. After Dean Reece presented Dr. Gallo with an autographed jersey from Brooks Robinson, Gallo's favorite player, the crowd of nearly 300 enjoyed a night of dinner and dancing.
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Dean Reece gifted Dr. Gallo with a baseball jersey autographed by former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson.
Scientists from around the world gathered for the symposium to discuss the past, present and future of AIDS research.