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100 Leading AIDS Researchers Killed on Flight 17

malaysiaThe field of HIV/AIDS research suffered a major setback with the announcement that over 100 of the world’s top researchers were among the 298 passengers of Malaysia Flight 17 shot down over Ukraine.

The researchers were traveling to the International AIDS Conference that begins Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.

One of the confirmed dead is Dr. Joep Lange, the executive scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and well regarded as the top AIDS researcher in the world.

“The HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant,” said Chris Beyrer, president-elect of the International AIDS Society, of the passing of Dr. Lange.

“Not only did this tragedy take the lives of these researchers,” said James Friedman, executive director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, “but also robbed the world of their future discoveries and contributions to the HIV/AIDS patients they served.”

(Photo by Aero Icarus via Flickr)

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