Anthony Fauci is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is an immunologist who has made substantial contributions to research on AIDS and other immunodeficiencies. He has pioneered the field of human immunoregulation and developed effective therapies for formally fatal inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. In the field of AIDS research, he has helped contribute to an understanding of how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections.
He has also served as an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and has authored, coauthored or edited more than 1,100 scientific publications, including several textbooks. Dr. Fauci is a key advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues and public health protections against emerging infectious disease threats, such as pandemic influenza. He was educated at Cornell University Medical College and holds 32 honorary doctorate degrees.
Topic: The Aspen Ideas Festival
Anthony Fauci: Well they’re terrific because it’s a venue where you get people, many of whom are quite influential in various different spheres; and the beauty of it is that you get people from all walks – from politics, from finance, economy, medicine, science, the media – all together in a very relaxed atmosphere where it’s just the general feeling of everybody interacting, talking to each other, taking the time to have a conversation.
And then you have these various seminars that are set up to specifically address a particular issue. And it’s very, very informative and energizing to hear the experts in the field get a presentation, and then get questioned by the audience as to why they’re taking this particular viewpoint.
So it’s a very, very stimulating to be in a venue.
It’s invaluable. And also it’s invaluable to get to meet people that you may be able to help, and can help you in your own endeavors.
Recorded On: July 6, 2007