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SJTU Appointed Luc Montagnier University Chair Professor

November 20, 2010      Author: Zhang Wenqing

Professor Luc Montagnier, credited with the discovery of HIV and the 2008 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, found himself a new partner for further research: Shanghai Jiao Tong University. On November 18, 2010, SJTU University Chair Professorship Appointment Ceremony for Professor Luc Montagnier was grandly held in Nansu Garden on Minhang Campus. Secretary of CPC SJTU Committee Ma Dexiu, President Zhang Jie, leaders and professors concerned attended the ceremony. Executive Vice President Lin Zhongqin hosted the ceremony.

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When Secretary of CPC SJTU Committee Ma Dexiu presented letters of appointment, SJTU badge and the issuance of work permits to Professor Montagnier, the conference hall burst into applause. Ma delivered a warm speech to express her welcome for Professor Montagnier to become an SJTU-er, her pride to have such a scholar with great contributions to human health as SJTU professor, and her respect and admiration for Professor Montagnier to put his further research in the developing country after receiving the Nobel Prize. She believed that Montagnier’s research was to get a very good development at SJTU, which would sure to make greater contributions to the health of China, the world and all mankind.

President Zhang Jie briefed everyone present on the profile of Professor Montagnier, his 1983 discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the cause of AIDS, which directly guided the research on anti-HIV in blood sample, and his conferral of 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is currently a UNESCO World President of the Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention. Under the witness of the participants, Zhang Jie on behalf of SJTU signed the appointment contract with Montagnier, and he said, the affiliation of Professor Montagnier manifested the rapid development of the Chinese economy, science & technology, and education, especially the higher education, and the attractiveness of SJTU’s great practice to build into a world-class university for world-top talents, which would play an important role model for SJTU to attract more high-level talents and accelerate the construction of world-class disciplines and platforms.

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“I believe that we can continue high-class research at SJTU and try to find a cure for AIDS to contribute to human health.” Professor Montagnier gave a brief reply. He expressed his tribute to SJTU’s long history and said he was honored to be appointed as professor of SJTU since he had seen the rapid development of China’s economy and of SJTU as well. And he was full of confidence in his scientific research at SJTU.

According to the agreement, the Montagnier Institute named after Professor Montagnier would be established in the School Building of Life Sciences and Biotechnology on Minhang Campus of SJTU, where the main academic research of Professor Montagnier would be conducted.