Ronald C. Desrosiers, professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Director of the New England Regional Primate Research Center was the 2005 recipient of The Ohio State University Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Research Career Award, which recognizes original and significant research contributions to the field of retrovirus biology. Dr. Desrosiers received the engraved crystal award sculpture and presented the special lecture "Prospects For AIDS Vaccine" on April 7 in the Dunlap Auditorium, Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Road.
Dr. Desrosiers has been an outstanding leader in AIDS research from the earliest years of the epidemic. In 1985, he isolated the first simian AIDS virus and established the first and foremost non-human primate model for HIV infection and AIDS. In 1988, he developed the first molecular clones of this virus, opening the door for detailed molecular studies on pathogenesis. Later, in 1990, he demonstrated that one of his clones induced AIDS in rhesus monkeys, firmly establishing the SIVmac239/rhesus macaque model. Dr. Desrosier is author of more than 239 publications and is internationally recognized for his work on simian AIDS as a model for HIV-1 pathogenesis and for his advances in the herpesvirus samiri system as a model for cancer. Dr. Desrosiers is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Senior Editor of Journal of Virology and has sat on numerous national AIDS and cancer leadership committees.
Dr. Desrosiers's visit was sponsored jointly by the Center for Retrovirus Research, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center program in Viral Oncogenesis. During his two-day visit, Dr.Desrosiers met with numerous faculty and graduate student researchers and presented a second seminar on his recent work that defines factors that influence neutralization resistance of HIV-1 and SIV.
Dr. Desrosiers (right) receives Career Award crystal from Center for Retrovirus Research Director, Dr. Patrick Green