Pioneering AIDS researcher to speak at UH

In his lecture AIDS: From Vaccine Research to Public Health Ho will speak about strides in research that have come about due to the AIDS epidemic in China, where estimates expect the total case load to reach 10 million infected with HIV by 2010.

Ho will talk about a DNA vaccine that has already reached phase-I human trial, as well as discuss two more vaccines under development. These vaccines under development are based on a viral strain common in Chinas southwest region. The China AIDS Initiative, a consortium of Chinese and American organizations that have come together to combine forces in advocacy, public education, testing and prevention work, and antiretroviral therapy, will also be discussed.

It is most gratifying to have our work progress from the discovery of new knowledge to the application of old knowledge, Ho said. To go from basic research to clinical applications to public health in the land of my heritage is especially rewarding.

Ho is the founding scientific director and CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, a world-renowned biomedical research institute, the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University and a Committee of 100 (C-100) member.

Brought to UH by C-100, a national organization composed of more than 100 of the most influential Chinese Americans in the United States, Hos lecture is also sponsored by UHs Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials, the Office of Houston City Council Member Gordon Quan and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). The event is being held in conjunction with a daylong Asian-American professional development workshop co-hosted by LEAP and C-100 at the Houston Community College administration building.

Holding six honorary doctorates, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Time magazines 1996 Man of the Year and a 2001 Presidential Medal recipient, Ho has been actively engage

Contact: Lisa Merkl
University of Houston

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