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NIAID Head Fauci Pledges to Spend Part of $500,000 Albany Prize on HIV/AIDS Research Trip to Africa
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday announced that he intends to spend "at least part" of the $500,000 gift that he was awarded as one of this year's recipients of the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research on a trip to Africa to fight HIV/AIDS, the Albany Times Union reports (Hughes, Albany Times Union, 4/18). Fauci, who has been researching HIV/AIDS since 1981, was selected last month to receive the award -- the largest medical prize in the United States and second in the world only to the Nobel -- in recognition of his work with HIV/AIDS, bioterrorist agents and other infectious diseases (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/28). "I pledge to you that I will continue my work until the global AIDS epidemic is under control," Fauci said Wednesday to the 250 people gathered in Troy, N.Y., to honor him. Fauci also promised to continue his work on developing vaccines to protect Americans from possible bioterrorist attacks, adding that he does not "think of [either HIV/AIDS or bioterrorism] being more important than the other" (Albany Times Union, 4/18).
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