WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anthony S. Fauci, MD, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), world-renowned infectious disease specialist and advisor to seven U.S. presidents, will be the keynote speaker at Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) 2024, CRT Course Chairman Ron Waksman, MD, announced Monday.
Dr. Fauci is perhaps the most recognized and influential figure in public health and policy in modern time. With a career bookended by the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, his service covered 50 years of public service and touched billions of lives.
Dr. Fauci has served the country with a relentless pursuit of discovery and innovation. He was the director of the NIAID for 38 years. He oversaw an extensive research portfolio devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As a presidential advisor, Dr. Fauci led medical and public health preparedness and treatments against emerging infectious disease threats, including HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, Ebola, Zika and COVID-19.
Dr. Fauci was at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research efforts and is recognized for his pivotal contributions to our current understanding of the disease and the development of preventative therapies and medications. During President George W. Bush’s administration, Dr. Fauci became one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which helped save more than 25 million lives throughout the developing world.
Awarded by President Bush both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest presidential honor bestowed to a civilian, and the National Medal of Science, the highest presidential honor bestowed to American scientists and engineers, Dr. Fauci’s trust in the science approach above political party agendas was a driving force during his illustrious career. His unwavering dedication to doing what is best for the public fueled support for his scientific and medical contributions across political party lines. Dr. Fauci has been awarded numerous additional awards for his scientific and global health accomplishments, including the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Prince Mahidol Award from Thailand, the Robert Koch Gold Medal from Germany, and the Gairdner Global Health Award from Canada.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Fauci giving the keynote at CRT 2024, and we look forward to the Q&A session to get firsthand answers to burning questions related to the COVID pandemic and beyond,” Dr. Waksman said.
CRT 2024 will be held in March 9-12, 2024, in a new venue, the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The meeting anticipates a record attendance of 3,000 delegates from the U.S. and globally. The meeting will highlight innovations and new technologies in interventional cardiology, including structural heart, endovascular, heart failure and coronary, the contributions of 100 women in cardiology, live cases from around the world, hands-on learning centers, industry exhibits, live case demonstrations, town hall meetings with FDA, and late-breaking trials.
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