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World renowned AIDS researcher conferred honorary doctoral degree by local college

World renowned AIDS researcher conferred honorary doctoral degree by local college

National Yang Ming University conferred an honorary doctorate Wednesday on world famous AIDS researcher, David Ho, who encouraged young students to take the lead in establishing a "safer, purer and healthier" world.
"As a scientist, I feel no fear in the process of exploration because for research to succeed, I have to face the hardest challenges and look at them as the greatest opportunities," said Ho in a speech titled "Reflections of a Physician Scientist."
Ho was conferred the Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by NYMU in a ceremony in which Wan Wan, an HIV-infected orphan from Taipei's Harmony Home -- a non-profit organization to shelter people with HIV/AIDS -- presented him with a pink rose and thanked him for bringing hope to her life.
Born in Taiwan, Ho immigrated at the age of 12 to the United States where he became one of the first scientists to propose that AIDS was caused by a virus and championed combination antiretroviral therapy that has resulted in dramatic reductions in AIDS-associated mortality in developed countries since 1996. His research team is now devoting its efforts to developing a vaccine to halt the spread of AIDS.
"The more persistent the virus is, the more I want to defeat it," Ho said, adding "even though there have been frustrations, I have never thought about doing simpler research."
Citing Albert Einstein: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving," Ho encouraged young students to stay young at heart and to nurture uninhibited imagination and creativity.
"Your generation will take the lead to establish a safer, purer, and healthier world full of hope. Any one of you can become a great person," Ho said.
Ho has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of Taiwan's Academia Sinica. He was Time magazine's 1996 Man of the Year.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:11 GMT+08:00