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Powerful Takeaways from AER14

by Krystal Bradford, CIP, Research Compliance Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

PRIM&R is pleased to introduce Krystal Bradford, CIP, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what’s happening December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

The second day of the 2014 AER Conference began with a keynote address Anthony S. Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases. Dr. Fauci discussed his experience treating HIV/AIDS patients and spearheading some of the founding research done in this area. The activities that Dr. Fauci led, and the obstacles that he faced, have been nothing short of amazing. During the early days of the epidemic, he was attacked by activists and members of the media numerous times for the way he approached HIV/AIDS research. However, in the end, with the help of a few dedicated members of the activist community he was able to radically shift the prevailing approach to HIV/AIDS research, a change that helped to empower the communities affected by the disease. Dr. Fauci’s willingness to hear and accept viewpoints different from his own, a quality that ultimately helped to change the course of HIV/AIDS research, was remarkable and impressed me as I reflected on the impact this man has had on the lives of others, individuals who may have no idea who he is or the impact he has had on their lives.

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