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For immediate release:
September 12, 2000

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Mary Ann Hill
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NOTED AIDS RESEARCHER
LUC MONTAGNIER TO SPEAK AT WELLESLEY ON SEPTEMBER 20

 

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Dr. Luc Montagnier, one of the co-discoverers of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, will give a public lecture at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, September 20, in Alumnae Hall on the Wellesley College campus. The title of Montagnier's talk is "AIDS and Beyond: The Challenge of the Emerging Chronic Diseases." The event is free and open to the public.

In 1983, Montagnier, a virologist, and his colleagues at the Pasteur Institute in Paris discovered the human retrovirus now known as HIV-1. He has continued to research HIV and AIDS, including efforts to find a vaccine, and is now a professor at the City University of New York and the director of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology there. In July, at the international AIDS conference in South Africa, Montagnier was one of the most prominent critics of president Thabo Mbeki and several dissident scientists who claim that HIV is not the cause of AIDS.

In recent years, Montagnier has begun to focus on other emerging, and re-emerging, chronic diseases, such as tuberculosis and cholera. He has been pointing out how population growth, urban poverty, rapid travel, globalization, viral adaptability, the overuse of antibiotics, and various environmental factors influence the emergence of new epidemics.

"Montagnier takes a very interdisciplinary approach to the study of these devastating illnesses," noted Professor of French Barry Lydgate, who is organizing Montagnier's visit to campus. "His ideas and remarks will be of interest to anyone who seeks a greater understanding of the environmental, scientific, and social factors in the emergence of new diseases."

 

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