LA ROCHE COLLEGE TO HOST GLOBAL PROBLEMS, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE ON MARCH 28-29
DR. ROBERT GALLO, CO-DISCOVERER OF HIV CAUSING AIDS, TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PITTSBURGH, March 4, 2014 – On March 28 and 29, La Roche College will partner with sponsor organizations Brother’s Brother Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education, to host the ninth annual Global Problems, Global Solutions conference.
Organized to focus on critical global concerns, the conference will relate this year’s theme, Awareness to Action: Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases, to the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations to battle issues such as hunger and poverty, peace and justice, gender inequality and child mortality.
Robert C. Gallo, M.D., the eminent scientist who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS, will give the keynote address on Friday, March 28 at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Registration will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the general session at 6 p.m.
Best known for his co-discovery of HIV, Dr. Gallo and his team pioneered the development of the HIV blood test, which enabled health care workers for the first time to screen for the AIDS virus – leading to a more rapid diagnosis while simultaneously protecting patients receiving blood transfusions. His research also helped physicians develop HIV therapies to prolong the lives of those infected with the virus.
The event will feature opportunities for conference registrants to volunteer in and around the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.
La Roche will hold a moderated panel discussion titled “To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: That is the Question,” on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the John J. Wright Library at the College’s main campus in the North Hills. The discussion, led by faculty from La Roche and the University of Pittsburgh, will provide an overview of the pros and cons of vaccinating children, followed by a question and answer period.
The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. To register online for the conference, visit www.laroche.edu/global. For more details, contact Dr. Tom Schaefer at 412-536-1198 or Thomas.Schaefer@laroche.edu.
About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.