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Sept. 11: HIV/AIDS is Topic of Ford Lectureship

Worldwide eradication of HIV/AIDS to be discussed.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release

Mankato, Minn. — St. Louis University Professor of Molecular Virology Duane Grandgenett will discuss the problems associated with the successful eradication of HIV/AIDS on the world stage during the 23rd annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Grandgenett’s talk, “The HIV/AIDS problem: It is still here and will not go away soon,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Trafton Science Center (Room TR C121) on campus. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Grandgenett will also discuss “HIV-1 DNA integration into the cellular genome” in a technical talk for students and faculty, at 11 a.m. in Trafton Science Center (Room TR C124).
The annual Ford lecture is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Chemistry & Geology.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) suddenly appeared on the world landscape in the early 1980s. At that time, there was worldwide misunderstanding about the disease by both the scientific community and general public. Education of the public and scientific progress in the treatment of HIV/AIDS has made advancements. However, the infection rate worldwide has not diminished significantly and once an individual is infected, lifetime treatment is necessary.

Those who want more information about the event may contact Christine Cords at (507) 389-1963 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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