A great leader in HIV has left us

We were profoundly saddened today to hear of the sudden passing of Mark Wainberg while swimming in Florida.

Mark was well known in Canada and internationally as a leader in the fight against AIDS and as a true ally of the HIV community movement.

Among several accomplishments throughout his career, Mark has been especially recognized for his part in the discovery in 1989 of the anti-viral drug 3TC which is used in combination with other medications to treat infections caused by HIV. He also made major contributions to the field of HIV drug resistance.

Mark devoted his life to HIV and AIDS research and awareness — most recently as the Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre and the lead investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for medical research of the Jewish General Hospital.

He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of his family.

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