Conference in Singapore on the HIV virus by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

The 2008 Nobel Prize of medicine, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi will give a conference in Singapore on the HIV virus on the 3rd of March 2010. In 1983, under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Chermann, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi together with Luc Montagnier discovered the retro-transcriptase activity in ganglia of patients affected with the asymptomatic phase of AIDS. At that time, little was known of the disease, and no one thought it would be the start of a pandemic. This retrovirus was eventually called LAV : lymphadenopathy associated virus, before being renamed HIV. Since then, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi’s work has been in AIDS research, and covers France, Asia and Africa, where the epidemic is the most alarming.

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is now the head of the « Regulation of Retroviral Infections » unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris [1], as well as the vice-president of the Institute’s scientific council [2]. She is also responsible for the Institute’s South East Asia Research Center [3]. In addition, she is also a member of ANRS (National Research Agency of AIDS and Hepatitis).

She won the 2008 Nobel Prize for medicine jointly with Luc Montagnier for the discovery of the HIV virus, and with Harald zur Hausen for his discovery of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer [4].

Responding to a joint invitation from SIgN (Singapore Immunology Network) and IMB (Institute of Medical Biology) of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi will be in Singapore to give a talk on the difficulties involved in achieving a vaccine for HIV and similar viruses (SIV : simian immunodeficiency virus). The conference will be held on 3 March 2010 at 11 a.m., Level 2 Matrix auditorium, Biopolis.


[2Source Internet website of ANRS, members of scientific counsel, document download in pdf format (French only) : http://www.anrs.fr/Qui-sommes-nous/Organisation

[4Source Nobel Prize website, 2008 Nobel laureates : http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/2008.html

Dernière modification : 23/02/2010

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