Dr. Fauci won Albany Medical Center Prize for his research work on AIDS and his passion for helping AIDS patients
Published on May 13, 2009
Author: Benjamin Yang
Specialty: Immunology, Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology
Institution: Discovery Medicine
Address: 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21205, USA
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH since 1984, was named on March 27, 2002 the winner of the Albany Medical Center Prize. The $500,000 prize was established in November 2000 after New York businessman and philanthropist Mr. Morris Silverman donated $50 million to the Albany Medical Center.
The Prize was awarded to Dr. Fauci for his "seminal contributions in helping researchers understand how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses, for his groundbreaking work in developing effective therapies for several once fatal rheumatic diseases, for his current efforts in spearheading the drive for vaccines to prevent the HIV virus, smallpox, anthrax and the Ebola virus, and for his overall scientific leadership and public service," said JamesJ.Barba, chairman, president and CEO of Albany Medical Center.
Anthony Stephen Fauci was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in 1966, he completed an internship and residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City and joined NIH in 1968.
Dr. Fauci was among the first to recognize that HIV lives in and destroys CD4 T cells, the cells entrusted with the duty to fight the virus. Later he found that HIV virus is active and replicating primarily in lymph nodes even during the clinically latent period. This finding published in Nature in 1993 was significant in at least two points: A, therapy should be given to patients all the time, even in latent periods; B, scientists became more realistic in dealings with the virus, aiming at long-term control of the virus instead of eradicating it.
Apart from his original contributions to science, Dr. Fauci demonstrated his passion and hardwork in helping AIDS patients, and skills in educating the public and politicians about the depth and scope of the AIDS epidemic and other health threats such as bioterrorism.