A very big name in the fight against HIV has passed
May 18, 2017
World-renowned scientist Montrealer Mark Wainberg passed away last April at the age of 71.
From the beginning of the 1980s, he became actively involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and made it his fight. He not only devoted his scientific and medical career to this fight, but also became one of the pioneers in defending the rights of people living with HIV and the communities most affected, at a time when the matter was taboo and unpopular.
Dr Wainberg is notably known for having discovered the antiviral drug 3TC, in 1989. It is one of the very first molecules effective against HIV. 3TC helped change the course of the disease and is still widely used in triple therapies, which has resulted in the infection becoming a chronic disease.
Mark Wainberg is also famous for his multiple contributions in the field of virus resistance to drugs. With his team, he was working to better understand its mechanisms, as well as the genetic mutations of the virus, and to discover ways to counter them.
Close to the Quebec community in the fight against HIV / AIDS and the Farha Foundation, in particular, he said in an interview with the McGill Reporter in 2000: “It is incumbent on all of us to be AIDS activists.” A staunch activist for access to medicines for all, he is one of those who have enabled marginalized populations and poor countries, particularly those in Africa, to benefit from the results of research into HIV / AIDS treatments. .
Source : Radio-Canada
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