Emory University will host the largest display in the country of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006. Sponsored by Emory Hillel, the display on the Emory quadrangle will include more than 650 panels, each memorializing the life of a person lost to AIDS. The Emory community will come together for an opening ceremony at 11:20 a.m., followed by a public reading of all of the AIDS victims on the quilt panels. The day will include the decoration and signing of new quilt panels, as well as the dedication of two personal panels, in addition to an information fair of local AIDS organizations.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Lennox, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director of the Ponce Center. The Ponce Center, in midtown Atlanta, houses the outpatient infectious disease clinics of Grady Health System and is one of the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment facilities in the country. Emory physicians, fellows, and residents conduct clinical care at the center, including a variety of clinical trials aimed at advancing patient care. Dr. Lennox also is co-director for clinical and translational research in the Emory Center for AIDS Research.
The NAMES Project Foundation, Inc., has housed the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Atlanta since 2002. The foundation was established in 1987 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the mission of preserving, caring for and using The AIDS Memorial Quilt to inspire action, heighten awareness and foster healing in the age of AIDS. The entire quilt weighs 54 tons and includes more than 45,000 panels dedicated to more than 88,000 individuals. In the last 18 years, more than 15 million people have seen The Quilt at displays around the world. In November, 2005, The Quilt was designated as one of America's Treasures and was awarded a "Save America's Treasures" Federal grant that has established a conservation and preservation program for The Quilt. Information about The Quilt is available at aidsquilt.org.
Emory scientists and physicians are at the forefront of research efforts to develop effective drugs and vaccines against HIV and AIDS. The Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is an official National Institutes of Health CFAR site. More than 120 faculty throughout Emory University are working on some aspect of HIV/AIDS prevention or treatment. Many of the scientists within the Emory Vaccine Center are focused on finding an effective vaccine against HIV, and Emory scientists are inventors of several of the most commonly used HIV/AIDS drugs.
For more information about the Quilt on the Quad event, visit the website, emoryhillel.org/AIDSquilt or contact Michael Rabkin, director of Emory Hillel, at 404-727-2089, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of rain, the "Quilt on the Quad" event will be held in the SAAC Gym on Emory's Clairmont campus.
For more information about Emory's programs in HIV/AIDS: http://whsc.emory.edu/world_aids_day.cfm