Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit,, Institut Pasteur
Inducted in 2006
Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, co-discoverer of the virus responsible for AIDS, is totally dedicated as a scientist and human being to fighting this terrible disease.
Francoise joined the Institut Pasteur in Paris in the early 70s. Her research quickly turned to a particular group of viruses, the retroviruses. Her knowledge in this field led her to discover the AIDS virus in 1983. This discovery quickly made available to the world the crucial diagnostic tests needed to control this disease.
She now runs an important Research Unit, which works on the impact of the innate defences of the host in controlling HIV/AIDS, as well as mother to child transmission. She has co-authored over 200 scientific publications.
In the course of her career, Francoise has constantly sought to share her knowledge. She has participated in over 250 international conferences and has trained many young researchers
Francoise has always actively contributed to several scientific societies and for committees at the Institut Pasteur and for other AIDS organizations, such as the National Agency for AIDS Research in France. She has also been implicated at an international level, notably as a consultant to WHO and UNAIDS-HIV.
Francoise has initiated since the 80s collaborations with developing countries where she has managed with dedication multidisciplinary networks. She constantly works on establishing permanent links between basic research and clinical research with the aim of achieving concrete improvements in the areas of prevention, clinical care and treatment.
Throughout her career she has been guided by the values of Louis Pasteur, which she has adopted to constantly bring together research, public health and teaching.