Dr. Anthony Fauci explains the subversive nature of the HIV virus and the challenge of finding a cure.
Anthony S. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Since his installment as director in 1984, Dr. Fauci has overseen an extensive research portfolio aimed at preventing, diagnosing, and treating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism.
He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1966, completed an internship and residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and later took a post at NIAID as a clinical associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation. At NIAID, he steadily rose among the ranks, becoming head of the institute's Clinical Physiology Section and chief of its Laboratory of Immunoregulation prior to his installment as institute director.
Among his medical science contributions, his research shed light on how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections. In September he was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service in Support of Medical Research and the Health Sciences.