The doctor who discovered HIV — coming to FAU

Dylan Bouscher

An HIV expert will speak on campus today. One of the doctors who discovered the virus, that is.

Professor Francoise Barré-Sinoussi shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with another virologist for their discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus in the 1980s. Barré-Sinoussi is speaking from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium, in the College of Nursing.

Her speech is free and open to the public.

“The annual Nobel Lecture has become a signature event for our college and the university,” Gary Perry said, dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

“Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi’s visit puts the battle against debilitating diseases in sharp focus,” Rafick Sékaly said, co-director and chief scientific officer for the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. The VGTI helps train students in the College of Science. “She has taken on the challenge of assembling a worldwide effort to find a cure for AIDS.”