The European Society for ME (ESME) is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Luc Montagnier is an honorary member of our organization. He has been an honorary member since May 2nd, 2010 and was also patron of ESME’s launch meeting in Norway (June 2009).
Prof. Montagnier is a Professor Emeritus of Virology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, where he was the director of the Viral Oncology Unit from 1972 to 2000. He is the co-discoverer of the HIV1 virus and HIV test. He received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for discovering viruses that cause severe human diseases.A second similar HIV virus (HIV2, West-African Aids virus) was discovered by Prof Montagnier and colleagues in April 1986.
Prof. Montagnier is the co-founder and president of World Foundation for AIDS Research (UNESCO). He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, amongst them the Lasker Award, the Prize of Japan and the King Faisal International Prize. He is also Commander in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur and Commander in the National Order of Merit.
Prof. Montagnier`s expertise in Virology, Retrovirology and especially with HIV viruses makes him an important asset to the field of ME/CFS – especially now. Prof. Montagnier’s contribution to ESME will be to act as a principle advisor to our board and scientific panel. ESME is extremely pleased that Prof. Montagnier has taken an interest in ME/CFS as we feel his knowledge and insights will contribute greatly to the understanding of our complex illness.
ESME is proud to have the esteemed Prof. Montagnier as an honorary member and we thank him for supporting us in this way.
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