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Leading scientist and co-discoverer of HIV/AIDS to speak at UL

Dr Robert GalloThe University of Limerick welcomes world renowned virologist and pioneer in retrovirology and HIV/AIDS, Dr Robert C. Gallo for a public lecture entitled "Viruses, Epidemics and Putting an End to Deadly Diseases in the 21st Century" Jan 20th, 7.30pm, Jean Monnet Theatre, Main Building, UL.

Dr Gallo is the Director of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and together with his colleagues Dr. Gallo discovered HIV (the 3rd known human retrovirus), and provided the first results to show that HIV was the cause of AIDS. From 1983-84, Dr Gallo and his colleagues went on to develop the life saving HIV blood test.

Speaking in advance on the lecture, Dr Gallo said; "Can the field of medicine and public at large remember the lessons of past epidemics for longer than a decade or two and will HIV be conquered within the next few decades?" During this lecture Dr Gallo will address these questions and explore the world's future in terms of handling epidemic diseases.

Dr Gallo's appearance coincides with UL's 3rd Annual Research Forum hosted by the Graduate Entry Medical School. Thirty leading researchers from the University of Limerick are taking part in the forum covering research in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, education, medical technology, pediatrics, psychiatry, nutrition and obesity.

Keynote speaker at the 2010 Annual Research Forum was HSE Assistant National Director of Health Protection, Dr Kevin Kelleher who will deliver a lecture entitled; "The human swine influenza pandemic: recent developments".

Professor William O'Connor, Foundation Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology at UL and chair of the Annual Research Forum said; "We are delighted to welcome Dr Gallo to UL. Gallo's pioneering work into viral research has made him a leading figure in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time, the HIV virus epidemic. It is also very fitting that Dr Gallo's visit coincides with UL's Annual Research Forum. This forum embodies the spirit of collaboration and diversity that is central to the ethos of the Graduate Entry Medical School and the University of Limerick."

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