Alumna discusses HIV, AIDS research

first_imgSaint Mary’s alumna Mary Anne Luzar will share new developments in her research in AIDS and HIV treatments Nov. 14, bringing her extensive work in the global fight against these diseases to the College. Luzar, a 1972 graduate, is the chief of the Regulatory Affairs Branch of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Health. The lecture, titled “The Door Finally Opens for HIV Prevention: A Review of the Exciting Results of Two International HIV Prevention Clinical Trials and Their Impact on HIV Prevention Research in the 21st Century” will discuss her work in this field. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Science Hall. The Division of College Relations and the Career Crossings Office are sponsoring the event. Libby Gray, director of development for the College, said the college is excited to welcome Luzar back to campus. “As a Saint Mary’s alumna and accomplished scientist, Dr. Luzar brings expertise that will benefit Saint Mary’s students as well as local members of the medical community,” Gray said. “We are delighted to have her present the latest findings on two studies that offer hope in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.” Despite the event being science based, Gray encouraged students to attend and believes the event will benefit the local community. Gray said she thinks students will be interested in what Luzar has to say. “Students will be impressed by the details of the research that is being performed across the globe to provide hope for those suffering from HIV/AIDS,” she said. Gray said Luzar has worked on two clinical trials that seek a way to fight AIDS. “Dr. Luzar’s lecture [will] highlight the impact of two clinical trials on HIV vaccine development and prevention.,” Gray said. “Dr. Luzar will share the results of the trials and how the global community worked together to perform research that gives hope for prevention of this devastating disease.” According to a Saint Mary’s College press release, Luzar graduated from Saint Mary’s with a degree in French Literature and Humanistic Studies.  “Dr. Luzar’s career provides an example of how a liberal arts degree can lead to many different career paths,” Gray said. The press release also noted the seminar will provide an overview of the results of two clinical trials that made headlines around the world in July during the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. “The impact of these trials will be discussed along with the globalization of problem solving and the courage of healthcare specialists to successfully conduct state of the art scientific research in resource poor settings,” the press release stated. While the public health crisis is still yet to be solved, this seminar will hopefully provide the community with a look into a brighter future. “Those who attend will have the opportunity to hear a unique ‘insider’s’ perspective on global health and will leave informed and hopeful about the future for HIV prevention research,” Gray said.last_img read more

Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland

first_imgChristian Benteke’s second-half hat-trick lifted Aston Villa’s hopes of Premier League survival and brought Sunderland’s revival under new manager Paolo Di Canio to an abrupt halt as the Black Cats were thrashed at Villa Park.Di Canio described this vital meeting of the strugglers as Sunderland’s “Champions League Final” – but it turned into a nightmare as they were dragged right back into the relegation fight along with north-east neighbours Newcastle.The home victory, and emphatic winning margin, also made it a bad night for Wigan as they now lie five points adrift of Villa, albeit with a game in hand.Villa’s goals, coupled with Newcastle’s 6-0 home defeat by Liverpool, also mean the Midlanders leapfrog Alan Pardew’s side on goal difference.And to make matters worse for Sunderland, the influential Stephane Sessegnon was given a straight red card in the second half for a challenge on Yacouba Sylla, prematurely ending his season at this vital time.Ron Vlaar’s thumping shot gave Villa the lead on the half-hour only for Danny Rose to equalise almost instantly for Sunderland. Andreas Weimann restored Villa’s advantage before half-time to set the stage for the powerful Benteke to demonstrate once more the quality that has made him such an outstanding purchase by manager Paul Lambert following his £10m summer arrival from Belgian side Genk.The 22-year-old striker tormented the Sunderland defence with a 17-minute hat-trick and Gabriel Agbonlahor added further polish to Villa’s goal difference with the sixth two minutes from time.The joy around Villa Park at the final whistle in recognition of this crucial win was in sharp contrast to the desolation of Di Canio and his players.After the tedious surrendering of Premier League status offered up by Reading and Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, Villa and Sunderland approached this game with refreshing attacking intent.A rainstorm was slanting across Villa Park as a frenetic first half unfolded, with Villa creating the first clear opening as Agbonlahor rolled his effort inches wide after a slick exchange with Benteke. When the first goal arrived after 31 minutes, it came from an unlikely source. Sunderland struggled to clear under sustained Villa pressure and when the ball came to Vlaar 25 yards out, the powerful defender sent a low drive beyond the grasp of keeper Simon Mignolet with the help of a slight deflection off Carlos Cuellar.Villa barely had time to celebrate before the visitors were level. Rose, as he had done previously, moved forward at speed and took Danny Graham’s pass perfectly in his stride before sending a composed finish past Brad Guzan.The positive attitude of both sides was to be admired, if not their defending, and Villa were back in front seven minutes before the interval.Sunderland were caught short at the back as Villa struck on the counter-attack, Matthew Lowton’s perfect pass inviting a superb first-time touch and finish from Weimann.The second half belonged to Benteke as he took Sunderland’s defence apart and may just have opened up the route to safety for Villa. He scored his first 10 minutes after the restart, stooping to head home after Mignolet had failed to deal convincingly with Agbonlahor’s shot. He then demonstrated his power in the air with a towering far post header from Ashley Westwood’s corner.The early good impression the Black Cats have made under Di Canio’s guidance had been replaced by a ragged, disjointed display. And it got even worse with 20 minutes left when Sessegnon was shown a red card for leaving his foot in on Sylla.It was turning into a dreadful night for Di Canio and and Benteke was the tormentor-in-chief. He scored his third with 18 minutes left, collecting another deflection off Cuellar to fire in from the angle.Benteke’s name rang around Villa Park and he was given a deserved standing ovation – and a flamboyant embrace from Lambert – when he was replaced by former Sunderland striker Darren Bent late on.With Sunderland in complete disarray, Agbonlahor got the goal his industry and endeavour deserved as he raced clear to round Mignolet and complete the almost perfect night for Aston Villa.last_img read more

Awuzu wins third ticket to Formula One grand prix

first_img***[email protected] on: WhatsApp The Independent MD Andrew Mwenda (M) announcing the winner of the trip to the Formula one grand prix in Abu Dhabi. Right is City Tyres Marketing Manager Herbert Bashaasha and left is Isabella Blick, Africa Motor Cross junior champion.Wilson Awuzu will be joining a lucky few individuals in a once-in-a lifetime-trip to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi to watch the Formula One grand prix in November.Awuzu becomes the third winner since the City Tyres/Pirelli promotion kicked off months ago. Awuzu was picked by Andrew Mwenda, MD of The Independent in a draw held at City Tyres head offices on Sixth Street, Industrial Area. The other two are Sowedi Kategano and Isaac Lubega, who were selected when draws were conducted in June and July.The three and five yet to be determined others will have front row access to the rivalry of the sport’s biggest stars like Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and other drivers.City Tyres marketing executive Herbert Bashaasha encouraged Ugandans to enter the draw by buying four Pirelli Tyres from any City Tyres outlet. The next draw takes place on October 2.last_img read more