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The following is the opening keynote address delivered via video by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci of NIAID, National Institutes of Health on March 23, 2015 at the Keystone Symposia joint meetings on “HIV Vaccines” and “The Golden Anniversary of B Cell Discovery” in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Fauci was unable to attend in person due to his work caring for an Ebola patient at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
About Anthony S. Fauci (from NIH Site):
Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2013 was approximately $4.5 billion. Dr. Fauci serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has already been responsible for saving millions of lives throughout the developing world.
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