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Founders Day Guest Seminar with Diane Havlir ’80
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Friday, November 8, 2013
at 3:15 PM
Where:
Regents Hall, 150
Web Link:
http://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=1013
Contact:
Sheri Eichhorn

Description

As part of our Founders Day celebration, you are invited to a guest seminar with Diane Havlir ’80, this year's Alumni Achievement Award winner. Havlir will deliver a lecture titled The beginning of the end of AIDS?

Havlir is a professor of medicine and physician at the University of California, San Fransisco and chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Duke University Medical School. She was a physician in training at UCSF when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s and has cared for HIV-infected patients and conducted clinical research for more than 25 years.

Havlir has played an active role on the global stage as an author of the first WHO Global HIV Treatment Guidelines. In concert, she helped establish a global HIV drug resistance surveillance program. She is a member of the board of the STOP TB partnership and chair of the WHO HIV and TB section. She served on the Governing Council for the International AIDS Society and is an advisor to the Infectious Disease Center for Global Health Policy.

She has won numerous academic awards, and in 2012 was featured as a Pioneering Leader in the Fight Against HIV in Vanity Fair. Havlir was the United States co-chair of the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012, the largest-ever gathering of the AIDS community to focus on defining what is needed to end the AIDS epidemic.

In her seminar, she will talk about the fact that the HIV epidemic is the biggest public health challenge we have faced in the last century, having claimed more than 30 million lives. Despite the grim statistic that there are still more than 2 million new HIV infections every year and more than 1 million deaths, she says there is cause for optimism.

A series of scientific breakthroughs provide hope that we have the tools to begin to end the epidemic. Havlir will review the recent scientific advances and discuss the challenges that must be overcome in order to put new evidence into action. She will discuss the medical, economic, and societal benefits of ending AIDS, as well as the consequences of failing to do so.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Havlir speak about this timely and important issue. All are welcome.



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