Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi visits South Africa [fr]
Distinguished French virologist and Nobel Prize laureate, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi visited South Africa between April 13 and April 18 2015 in her capacity as the new scientific advisor on the board of the Centre for AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa).
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.
In South Africa, she joined world-renowned South African scientists at Caprisa in Durban to discuss the latest scientific developments in the search for a vaccine and a cure for HIV infection. In addition, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal on 16 April.
She also visited Johannesburg and Pretoria where she visited the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg to address high school learners on important role that women scientists play in health science. On the same day, she took part in a colloquium (with Prof Francois Venter of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute and Prof Lynn Morris of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases) on the current state and future direction of international research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.
Before returning to France, she met with South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the French Residence in Pretoria.
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.
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