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Transformational nature of AIDS response is talk topic

Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Peter Piot, a senior fellow in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations and former executive director of UNAIDS, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

His address, designated as the 2009 Adel Mahmoud Lecture in Global Health, is titled "The Transformational Nature of the AIDS Response."

A distinguished academic and accomplished leader in the global effort to fight HIV/AIDS, Piot served from 1995 to 2008 as the founding executive director of UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS. He built a broad international coalition against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, including government and civic groups. Under his leadership, global investments to fight HIV/AIDS grew from $250 million in 1996 to $10 billion in 2007.

Piot holds a medical degree from the University of Ghent in Belgium. In 1976, while in Zaire pursuing his Ph.D. in microbiology, he co-discovered the Ebola virus. He has held several academic positions and pioneered a series of collaborative programs in sub-Saharan Africa, including the first international program on HIV in Africa.

The lecture is part of an annual series launched in 2008, bringing a leading researcher and/or practitioner in global health policy to Princeton. The series is funded by a grant from the Merck Company Foundation. The event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.

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