Professor Appointed to AIDS Research Advisory Council

Professor Appointed to AIDS Research Advisory Council

Nov 11, 2003 5:00 PM

Merle A. Sande, M.D., a nationally recognized expert in infectious diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been appointed by Health Secretary Tommy Thompson to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Sande, professor and director of the Department of Internal Medicine's residency program at the medical school, was named last month to serve a four-year term on the council, which provides advice on planning, coordination, and evaluation of AIDS research by the NIH to the director of Office of AIDS Research and Secretary Thompson. He joins 12 other members appointed by the secretary and 10 non-voting ex officio members.

Sande joined the U faculty in 1996 as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Before that, he was professor and vice chair of internal medicine at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He also served as chief of medical services at San Francisco General Hospital from 1980 to 1996 where he was one of the architects of the San Francisco response to the AIDS epidemic. Sande is also co-founder of the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, a group of African and Western academic physicians who have developed an AIDS training, clinical care, and research program based at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

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