Baltimore 4 May 2009: 25th Anniversary of HIV Discovery

Celebrating a Visionary’s Quest for Discovery

Monday, May 4, 2009 is the 25th Anniversary of the publishing of Dr. Robert C. Gallo’s findings identifying the AIDS virus, which he named HTLV-III, in Science magazine. His co-discovery, shared with Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, stated that the HIV virus was the cause of AIDS. This co-discovery has been internationally recognized as one of the greatest scientific discoveries in the history of the world.

To commemorate this historic discovery, the University of Maryland School of Medicine will host "Celebrating a Visionary’s Quest for Discovery," a three-day celebration consisting of a scientific symposium and gala. The celebration will be held May 9-11, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.

External link: Maryland Morning 
"The Danger now is Complacency": Dr. Gallo’s Discovery at 25

There are 33 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS; the disease is estimated to have killed 25 million people since 1981. This month marks the 25th anniversary of research that established HIV as the cause of AIDS–research done in part by Dr. Robert Gallo, founder and director of the Institute of Human Virology, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Gallo joins us to talk about making the connection between HIV and AIDS, the state of research now, and where U.S. HIV/AIDS policy should be going.

Web extra:
Dr. Gallo on why infection rates stay high in PEPFAR countries even as morbidity declines.
External links:
"25 Years After Discovering HIV as the Cause of AIDS"
Kaiser Family Foundation Global HIV/AIDS Timeline
"Combating AIDS At Home" op-ed by Dr. Gallo (pdf)


The B-roll of Dr Robert Gallo from the Institute of Human Virology at

Franco Buonaguro

Dr Buonaguro is the Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Agents and Cancer. He is currently the Director of Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology Unit, in the Department of Experimental Oncology at the Natl Cancer Institute “Fondazione Pascale”, Naples - Italy.

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