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HIV-AIDS : Dr. Mark Wainberg
Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, an internationally renowned researcher in the field of HIV/AIDS, was Director of Research at the Jewish General Hospital’s (JGH) Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research 2000 to 2009. A former President of the International AIDS Society, Dr. Wainberg was instrumental in the founding of the Canadian Association for HIV Research. He was the first scientist in Canada to work directly on HIV and to establish a bio-containment facility equipped to handle this specialized research. He was also among the first in the world to identify the problem of HIV drug resistance.

Dr. Wainberg is particularly well known for his 1989 collaboration with BioChem Pharma Inc. in  the initial identification of 3TC as an anti viral drug. His laboratory at the JGH continues its involvement in drug development, while pursuing novel concepts in preventing HIV infection in developing countries.

In recognition for his ground breaking achievements, Dr. Wainberg was awarded the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Order of Quebec in 2005 and was named a Chevalier of France’s Légion d’honneur in 2008. He is Director of the McGill AIDS Centre at the JGH, an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a National Scientist Award for AIDS Research (1990) from Health Canada and the Award of Distinction (1993) from the Canadian HIV Trials Network. Dr. Wainberg was Co-Chair of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006 and was closely involved in organizing the 13th International Congress on AIDS in Durban, South Africa, in 2000.

A native Montrealer, Dr. Wainberg is a Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Pediatrics, and Medicine at McGill University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. After working at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem as a post doctoral research fellow and lecturer, he joined the Jewish General Hospital as a staff investigator in 1974.