Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Chairmain

Dr. Gallo is the director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Gallo has spent much of his career trying to put an end to the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic. Though best known for his co-discovery of HIV, Dr. Gallo's research has brought him international recognition as well as election into the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has been awarded honors for his contribution to science from countries all around the world and holds 19 honorary doctorates. Dr. Gallo was the most referenced scientist in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, during which he had the unique distinction of twice winning America's most prestigious award - the Albert Lasker Award in Medicine - in 1982 and again in 1986. Dr. Gallo is the author of more than 1,100 scientific publications and the book "Virus Hunting - AIDS, Cancer & the Human Retrovirus: A Story of Scientific Discovery."

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