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Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
Then it became clear that the administrative structure was not in place to handle the exploding amount of research that was being done on HIV and AIDS. At that point, I established the Division of AIDS within NIAID. I got a lot of resistance about that from the classic and traditional infectious disease people and from immunologists, not only in the institute, but outside. “Why are you having a special division of AIDS? Why not have a special division for every infectious disease?” My response to them, with all due respect to the importance of other infectious diseases, was “Right now in our era there is going to be nothing like AIDS, and so we need a separate division.” The Division now has turned into one of the largest divisions, if not the largest, that NIAID has.
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