Françoise BARRÉ-SINOUSSI, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, PhD, is the acting Director of the "Regulation of Retroviral Infections" at the Institut Pasteur. She is recognized as the first author of the publication that reported in 1983 the discovery of the cause of AIDS, a retrovirus, later named HIV. In 1988, she became responsible of her own laboratory at the Institut Pasteur and initiated research programs on viral and host determinants of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis. Today, the research programs of her team are focused on mechanisms required to protect against HIV/SIV infections and/or against early pathogenic signals induced by HIV/SIV (regulation of viral replication and/or regulation of harmful T cell activation, in particular by components of the innate immunity.
She is author and co-author of 270 original publications and of more than 120 articles in book reviews. Through her career, she received more than 10 national or international awards, including the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 together with Prof. Luc Montagnier. She is since July 2012 the President of the International AIDS Society (IAS).
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