Dr. Mario Stevenson Receives Award at AIDS Conference in Barcelona

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the Barcelona AIDS Award in recognition of his lifetime of work fighting HIV/AIDS.

The award was presented at Gala SIDA, a national event in Barcelona, Spain, attended by more than 700 scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sports figures, artists and celebrities. Stevenson is only the second investigator ever to receive the award, which acknowledges an individual for contributing to the understanding of the viral etiology of AIDS.

Stevenson’s award was given at the sixth annual Gala SIDA. Founded by the IRSI Caixa AIDS Institute in Barcelona, the event raised more than €800.000, a considerable increase over prior years, and the Institute credited Stevenson’s support with helping to raise the record donations.

Stevenson, on receiving the award, said, “I want to thank tonight’s MC, entertainer Miguel Bose, for bringing together so many people to show support for research aimed at finding a cure and a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. And none of this could happen without the hard work by the IRSI Caixa AIDS Institute to create an environment to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research on HIV/AIDS. We keep on working to obtain funds to cover research projects focused on the eradication of HIV and its cure through vaccines. Thanks to these kinds of events, and with growing social awareness, we will surely make it happen.”

One of the Institute’s partners for the event was the Barcelona-based Fight AIDS Foundation, which will begin human trials of a vaccine this year.

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