Former Director UNAIDS Peter Piot to speak at Hopkins
The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health at the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health have announced that Peter Piot, MD, PhD, will speak at Hopkins on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 as part of the Global Health Leaders Forum.
Dr. Piot is the former UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and now serves as the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College in London.
Dr. Piot's talk is titled "How the Global AIDS Response is Transforming Public Health," and it will be held in Sommer Hall (E2014) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Global Health Leaders Forum, hosted in partnership with the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of International Health, features a series of speakers who are influential in the field of global health.
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About Peter Piot
Peter Piot, MD, PhD, has been the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College in London since October 2008.
Prior to his position at Imperial College, Dr. Piot was the Executive Director of UNAIDS since its creation in 1995 and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He comes from a distinguished academic and scientific career focusing on AIDS and women’s health in the developing world.
He completed his medical degree at the University of Ghent in 1974 and pursued a PhD in microbiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, during the course of which he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976.
He was Senior Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology, University of Washington from 1978-79, and after receiving his PhD in 1980, he pursued his career at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, becoming Associate Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Division of Microbiology.
Working with colleagues during this time he documented heterosexual transmission of HIV, the genetic diversity of HIV and its links with chimpanzee viruses, the interaction between HIV and TB, and also developed interventions against HIV in high risk populations.
He took up the role of Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, in 1986, before becoming Director of the World Health Organisation Centre on AIDS and the National AIDS Reference Centre at Antwerp in 1987.
During this time he pioneered a series of collaborative projects in Africa, including Project SIDA in Zaire, the first international project focused on AIDS in Africa which is acknowledged as having provided the foundations of world understanding of HIV infection in Africa.
In 1992 Dr Piot became Associate Director of the WHO's Global Programme on AIDS.
In 1995, Dr. Piot began to serve as the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He helped to build a broad international coalition against the AIDS epidemic, placing AIDS firmly on the world's agenda. Dr Piot's work brought together UN agencies with international development agencies, foundations, civilsociety, business and political leaders, including numerous heads of state.
He was responsible for organising the first ever sessions to be dedicated to a health issue at the UN Security Council in 2000 and the UN General Assembly in 2001, both regarded as turning points in the global response to AIDS.
He was named a Baron by King Albert II of Belgium in 1995, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the USA's national Academy of Sciences and Belgium's Royal Academy of Medicine. He is the author of over 500 scientific papers and 16 books.