Baron Peter Piot to Keynote Centennial Syposium
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has announced that Baron Peter Piot will provide the keynote presentation at a symposium next year to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary. Dr. Piot is the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he is also a professor of global health.
The Tulane SPHTM Centennial will take place November 9-11, 2012, and will include seminars, networking opportunities, and awards, culminating with a gala dinner.
Prior to joining the London School, Dr. Piot served as executive director of UNAIDS since its creation in 1995 and as under secretary-general of the United Nations. Under his leadership, UNAIDS became a chief advocate for worldwide action against AIDS.
Dr. Piot is known for co-discovering the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and his research in the 1980s was instrumental in providing an understanding of HIV infection in Africa.
Born in Belgium, he was ennobled as a baron by King Albert II of Belgium in 1995. Fluent in three languages, he holds a medical degree from the University of Ghent and a doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Antwerp.
In response to the invitation to speak at Tulane SPHTM's Centennial, Dr. Piot replied "This is an offer I cannot refuse, and it will be an honour to join [Tulane] for the Centennial celebrations."
Alumni, current and former faculty, students, staff, and supporters will attend the 3-day event. Tulane SPHTM was originally founded in 1912 under the leadership of Dean Creighton Wellman, a move hailed at the time by academicians nationally and internationally.