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Lange AIDS








Prof. Robert C. Gallo, 2009 laureate, mourns the death of Joep Lange, renowned AIDS researcher who lost his life last week aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

Lange was a professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Academic Medical Center and head of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development,

Professor Lange was dedicated to improving HIV drug therapy and making medicine accessible to those infected with the virus in developing nations. In 2002, he famously said, “If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs.”

It is ironic that Lange and his colleagues were traveling to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, when their jetliner was savagely blown up. Russians and Ukrainians alike will suffer more than most from this slaughter of a cadre of AIDS researchers. According to UNAIDS, they account for nearly 90% of new infections diagnosed in a region that spans Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Read the Detroit Free Press article