Co-discoverer of the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in 1983, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is recognized for her huge contribution to HIV/AIDS research for which she was awarded with the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine.
She is research Director of Exceptional Grade at Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and Professor at the Institut Pasteur where she was the Director of the "Regulation of Retroviral Infections" Unit until August 2015. She has been Involved in retrovirology research since she first began working at the Institut Pasteur in 1971. For more than three decades she has been internationally recognized for the huge contribution she has made to HIV/AIDS research.
Her work has been focused on better understanding which responses should be elicited, including at the mucosa level, to prevent HIV infection and/or disease progression. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi has been strongly committed throughout her career, to promoting the integration of HIV research with public health, echnology transfers and human resources capacity building in resource-limited countries.
She has particularly focused on this area of research through her on-going work with the Institut Pasteur International Network and the coordination of the ANRS research programs in Cambodia and Vietnam.
She is also largely recognized for her engagement in advocating for universal access to health for and for defending human rights, especially those of the most vulnerable populations.