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Inaugural James Hill Memorial Lecture Features Abrams

The first of a new lecture series dedicated to the memory of Dr. James C. Hill will be presented on Tuesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Hill, former deputy director of NIAID, was a motivating force in building NIAID's strong AIDS research program in the early years of the epidemic. His efforts helped focus national attention on AIDS and on the needs of people infected with HIV.

While at NIAID, Hill worked closely and tirelessly with institute staff and brought a cohesive energy to NIAID's relations with other government agencies, Congress, activists and other community and political leaders. His clear vision and gentle humor helped steer the institute on its course.

Dr. James C. Hill

This year's talk, by Dr. Donald I. Abrams, a close personal friend and colleague of Hill's, is titled "Mobilization of Community Resources in Response to the HIV Epidemic." Abrams is professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and assistant director of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital. He also serves as chairman and principal investigator of the Bay Area Community Consortium, one of the pioneer community-based AIDS clinical trials groups. Abrams was one of the original clinician-investigators to recognize and define persistent generalized lymphadenopathy and immune thrombocytopenic purpura as AIDS-related conditions. He was involved in many of the initial trials of immune modulators and antiretroviral agents conducted by the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital.

A reception in the Clinical Center's Visitor Information Center will be held at 4 p.m., immediately following the lecture. NIAID director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci extends an invitation to all who knew Hill or who wish to honor his contributions to facing the challenges of the AIDS epidemic.

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