Co-discoverer of HIV to speak at UF


Dr. Jay A. Levy, a nationally-known AIDS researcher, will speak twice on the University of Florida campus this week on the development of HIV drugs and vaccines.

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Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 8:32 p.m.

Dr. Jay A. Levy, a nationally-known AIDS researcher, will speak twice on the University of Florida campus this week on the development of HIV drugs and vaccines.

In 1983, Levy was a co-discoverer of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He is currently conducting studies directed at the development of an AIDS vaccine and approaches for immune-based therapies.

He serves as director of the laboratory for tumor and AIDS virus research at the University of California, San Francisco.

Levy's lectures are part of the second annual meeting of the Florida Center for AIDS Research at UF. Both are open to the public.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, he will speak on the global threat of HIV/AIDS and how science is facing the challenge. His talk will be held in the conference room (Room 1404) of the Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy building, 101 S. Newell Drive.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Levy will cover the challenges in developing an HIV vaccine. He will be joined by Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, the Florida-based scientific director of the vaccine and gene therapy institute at Oregon Health and Science University.

The seminar will be held in the auditorium of the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, 1376 Mowry Road on campus.

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