The International AIDS Society (IAS) congratulates Past IAS President Françoise Barré-Sinoussi for her election to the United States National Academy of Medicine. Françoise is one of 10 new international members of the National Academy of Medicine announced this week.
The National Academy of Medicine is a non-profit entity chartered by the United States Congress to provide objective advice on health-related issues. Its reports are influential both in the US and globally. New members of the academy are elected by their scientific peers.
Françoise, a professor at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, played a central role in the discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS. This discovery opened the door to the many medical breakthroughs that have transformed the fight against AIDS, including numerous HIV testing technologies and life-saving antiretroviral therapy. Along with Luc Montagnier, Barré-Sinoussi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of her pioneering work on HIV.
Françoise served as the President of IAS from 2012 to 2014. She remains active in the HIV response, with a particular focus on finding a cure for HIV. The IAS continues to benefit from the guidance and advice of Françoise’s tireless efforts. She has served as a powerful voice for a response to HIV that is grounded not only in the best scientific evidence, but also in a commitment to the principles of human rights.