Nobel Prize laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi visits South Africa

The Embassy of France in South Africa and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre invite members of the media to a colloquium on HIV/AIDS research and developments in the fight against the disease.

The event is organised as part of the visit to South Africa the distinguished French virologist and Nobel Prize laureate, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.

Professor Barré-Sinoussi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008, together with her colleague, Professor Luc Montagnier, for their discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as the cause of AIDS.

Professor Barré-Sinoussi will present at the colloquium and will also participate in a panel discussion with prominent South African experts in this area.

Date: 17 April 2015
Time: 1pm-3pm
Venue: SAP Auditorium, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg

  • More about Professor Barré-Sinoussi:

Professor Barré-Sinoussi is the director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Division at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and was president of the International Aids Society from 2012 to 2014. Since the 1980s, Professor Barré-Sinoussi has worked with HIV researchers in developing countries and has been responsible for creating a range of multidisciplinary networks in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, clinical care, and treatment. Her work in this area has been internationally recognised and, besides the Nobel Prize, she is the recipient of many other awards and prizes for her achievements.


While in South Africa, she will be joining world-renowned South African scientists at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, to discuss the latest scientific developments in the search for a vaccine and a cure for HIV infection. In addition, she will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal on 16 April.

Professor Barré-Sinoussi will be at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on 17 April to address high school learners on important role that women scientists play in health science. On the same day, she will preside over a colloquium on the current state and future direction of international research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.


  • For more information, download the media statement:
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Media Statement (PDF - 319.8 kb)
  • Barré-Sinoussi is also part of the Centre of the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa’s advisory board. Read more here:
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CAPRISA media statement (PDF - 259.7 kb)

publie le 14/04/2015

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