The 2012 Joseph E. Smadel Lecture was given by Diane V. Havlir, MD, FIDSA. Her topic was "Ending AIDS--View of a Scientific Realist."
Dr. Havlir is professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital. She was a physician in training at UCSF when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s and has cared for HIV-infected patients for more than 25 years. An active researcher, Dr. Havlir has published more than 150 articles and she pioneered some of the first studies of HIV antiretroviral therapy and drugs to prevent AIDS complications. Recently, her research demonstrated that prompt initiation of antiretroviral therapy and tuberculosis (TB) treatment in patients with HIV and TB can significantly reduce mortality.
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