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IAS President Chris Beyrer Appointed to Prestigious US Institute of Medicine

20 October 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM), announced today that Professor Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) has been elected into its membership ranks. The election comes as the IOM gathers for its 44th annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the United States, IOM acts as the health arm of the NAS and is recognized as a respected resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. According to IOM, election "is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current, active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health."

"Chris' leadership and talent is something we have long cherished at the IAS," said IAS Executive Director Owen Ryan. "His election to the IOM is a reflection on his deep commitment to health and human rights globally."

Prof Beyrer began his presidency of the IAS in 2014 at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. His term will run until July 2016. He is Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He also directs the University's Center for Public Health and Human Rights.
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About the IAS

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 13,000 members from more than 180 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. The IAS members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners.

The IAS is custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Durban, South Africa, 17-22 July 2016 and lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 19-22 July 2015

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