Francoise Barre Sinoussi

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Born in Paris in 1947

Works on HIV/AIDS research

She is a a scientist who has been fighting for the rights of patients and against the spreads of AIDS.


Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a French virologist. Since 1992, she has been the Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. In 2008, together with Luc Montagnier, who was the director of her laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in the early 80’s, she was awarded the Nobel Prize of medicine for the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1983.

For the past 30 years, she has been continuously working on HIV/AIDS research and strongly involved in promoting integration between HIV/AIDS research and actions in resource limited countries. As she defines herself as a scientist-activist, she has always been committed to fighting for the rights of patients and against the spread of the AIDS disease. In 2009, she with others wrote openly criticizing Pope Benedict XVI for his dismissal of the use of condoms as a prophylactic.