(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 14, 2020—Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will deliver a special video briefing about COVID-19 and the impact of animal health on human health at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2020 convention.
“We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Fauci share this update on COVID-19 and One Health with our members on the closing day of our first-ever virtual gathering,” said Dr. Douglas Kratt, president of the AVMA. More than 2,000 veterinarians are registered for the August 20-22 convention, which was moved online because of the pandemic.
“Veterinary professionals have done a remarkable job stepping up and contributing in countless ways to assist our nation during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Kratt noted.
“Veterinarians on the front lines have cared for animals, donated personal protective equipment, provided services to those who need it most and made essential contributions to research that helps medical science understand the virus.”
Dr. Fauci, who was appointed director of NIAID in 1984, oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. Dr. Fauci has made many contributions to basic and clinical research on the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases.
Dr. Fauci has advised six U.S. presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how HIV destroys the body's defenses and has been instrumental in developing treatments that enable people with HIV to live long and active lives. He continues to devote much of his research to the immunopathogenic mechanisms of HIV infection and the scope of the body's immune responses to HIV.
Dr. Fauci is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honor given to a civilian by the President of the United States), the National Medal of Science, the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians, the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the Robert Koch Gold Medal, the Prince Mahidol Award and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Fauci is author, coauthor or editor of more than 1,300 scientific publications, including several textbooks, and has received 45 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States and abroad.
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