AIDS Pioneer to Hold HSC Grand Rounds

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – James W. Curran, M.D., MPH, whose critical research early in the AIDS epidemic helped doctors develop effective treatments for HIV and AIDS, will speak at West Virginia University at noon, Tuesday, April 4. His presentation, "A Historical Overview of AIDS in the United States," will be held in the HSC Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. A reception will follow in the Pylons lobby. Connectivity will be provided to Charleston and Eastern Divisions.

Dr. Curran is dean and professor of epidemiology of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and director of Emory's Center for AIDS Research.

When AIDS symptoms first appeared in the United States, physicians and researchers were unsure how the disease was caused. Curran recognized very early that AIDS was most likely an infectious disease and that there was a link between the early manifestations of the syndrome in cases of Kaposi's sarcoma and Pneumocystis carrinii pneumonia. 

This speech is the first presentation for 2006 in the WVU Health Sciences Grand Rounds series.  HSC Grand Rounds are an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to hear from distinguished experts from all fields of health care and health research, and are open to the entire University community.

Curran's appearance at WVU is sponsored by a donation to the Department of Community Medicine. During his visit he will also participate in other activities with the department's faculty and students. 

For more information, please contact Rachel T. Abraham, MD MPH, Department of Community Medicine, rabraham@hsc.wvu.edu or 293-0267.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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