Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in Medicine and co-discoverer of the HIV virus to be elected as new member of the National Academy of Medicine

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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is a non-profit American institution. Along with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the NAM is part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academy of Medicine is composed of experts in the field of medical sciences. His national role is to advise on health issues.

Each year, the National Academy of Medicine elects new members in recognition of their extraordinary professional achievements and willingness to participate actively in the institution’s activities. This year, the NAM has announced the election of 70 new US members and 10 new international members. Among these members is Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for her work on the discovery of the retrovirus responsible for AIDS (1983). For the same discovery the French virologist was elected this Monday new member of the NAM.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi has been a member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2009. She is also Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, the highest dignity in the Order of the Legion of Honor.