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Tribute to Joep Lange Opens Up CROI 2015

February 24, 2015

At CROI 2015's opening session, a touching tribute was paid to Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D., a former president of the International AIDS Society and prominent HIV researcher who had been at the forefront of the epidemic since the early days, and his partner Jacqueline van Tongeren, who was the director of Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.

Both were tremendous figures in the fight against HIV and it was a great tragedy that the community lost them last summer in the attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Here are some moments from the tribute.


A video highlights a memorial program for Lange and van Tongeren, in Amsterdam last fall.

A video highlights a memorial program for Lange and van Tongeren, in Amsterdam last fall.


Archival video interview plays of Lange expressing his hopes for an HIV cure and vaccine, emphasizing that it will be a group effort.

Archival video interview plays of Lange expressing his hopes for an HIV cure and vaccine, emphasizing that it will be a group effort.


The auditorium at the Washington State Convention Center stands for a moment of silence.

The auditorium at the Washington State Convention Center stands for a moment of silence.

Perhaps, if there is to be a takeaway message from Lange's senseless death, it is reflected in a quote from the late Lange himself, saying, "Continue to do the good science."

View the full tribute video here.

Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.


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