2012-2013 Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS: Les Origines du SIDA

2012-2013 Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS: Les Origines du SIDA

Dr. Jacques Pépin is Head of the Department of Microbiology and Infectiology at the University of Sherbrooke. He has been involved in clinical and epidemiological research since 1984 and has conducted HIV-related work in central Africa since 1988. In addition to overseeing medical students, junior residents and senior residents in the infectious diseases program at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Dr. Pépin has supervised epidemiological research projects in Africa for several resident physicians over the past 18 years. In 2011, he published his seminal work entitled The Origins of AIDS, which combines his extensive knowledge of colonial and postcolonial African history and his training in infectious diseases, virology and epidemiology in order to trace the emergence of HIV. Having sifted through scientific texts and social histories that were around long before HIV/AIDS entered the public consciousness in the early ’80s, Pépin was able to reach surprising conclusions about the genesis of the pandemic. His scholarly account of the origin of AIDS, in which he explains his findings, has been noted for its exceptional readability amongst the general public, despite its clinical and scientific content. His lecture will extend that same level of accessibility, as he presents groundbreaking perspectives on the history of HIV/AIDS and the lessons that must be learned if we want to avoid provoking another pandemic in the future.

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Dr. Jacques Pépin is Head of the Department of Microbiology and Infectiology at the University of Sherbrooke. He has been involved in clinical and epidemiological research since 1984 and has conducted HIV-related work in central Africa since 1988. In addition to overseeing medical students, junior residents and senior residents in the infectious diseases program at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Dr. Pépin has supervised epidemiological research projects in Africa for several resident physicians over the past 18 years. In 2011, he published his seminal work entitled The Origins of AIDS, which combines his extensive knowledge of colonial and postcolonial African history and his training in infectious diseases, virology and epidemiology in order to trace the emergence of HIV. Having sifted through scientific texts and social histories that were around long before HIV/AIDS entered the public consciousness in the early '80s, Pépin was able to reach surprising conclusions about the genesis of the pandemic. His scholarly account of the origin of AIDS, in which he explains his findings, has been noted for its exceptional readability amongst the general public, despite its clinical and scientific content. His lecture will extend that same level of accessibility, as he presents groundbreaking perspectives on the history of HIV/AIDS and the lessons that must be learned if we want to avoid provoking another pandemic in the future.
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