Surviving and Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture exhibit on display in library

Panel discussion and complementary display highlight UMMS contributions

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

April 10, 2014

Surviving and Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture, a six-banner exhibit that explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years, was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. It is on display through Saturday, April 26, on the first floor of the Lamar Soutter Library.

The LSL will also be hosting Surviving and Thriving: the History of AIDS Research and Care at UMMS, a panel discussion timed to complement the visiting National Library of Medicine exhibition. Panelists include:

  • Sarah Cheeseman, MD, professor of medicine, pediatrics and molecular genetics & microbiology;
  • Donna Gallagher, MSN, MA, RNC, ANP, FAAN, instructor of nursing in the Division of Family Practice and principal investigator/director of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center;
  • Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine and vice provost for clinical and translational research;
  • John Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics, molecular genetics & microbiology, and pathology.

The panel will discuss the evolution of HIV/AIDS research and HIV+ patient care at UMMS and UMass Memorial from the early 1980s to the present. Ellen More, PhD, professor of psychiatry and head of the UMMS Office of Medical History and Archives, will moderate. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, in the Cube of the Albert Sherman Center, from noon to 1 p.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Dr. More at ellen.more@umassmed.edu by Tuesday, April 15.

The LSL has also produced a complementary display that highlights the important role UMMS scientists and clinicians have played in the evolution of HIV/AIDS research and patient care, which can be viewed in the display case just outside the library entrance.