Funeral taking place in Montreal for HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Mark Wainberg

Apr 15, 2017, 02:22
Funeral taking place in Montreal for HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Mark Wainberg

Dr. Mark Wainberg, 71, was swimming with his family when he went missing, Bal Harbour Police said.

"It is with deep regret that we at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 have learned of the passing of Professor Mark Wainberg", the HIV/AIDS activist organisation said.

"The victim had been in the water with his son, his son had lost sight of him".

De La Rosa says Wainberg's son was able to pull his father back to shore, where officers administered CPR.

When police arrived, they found Wainberg's son and other beach-goers attempting to help. "After fire-rescue was treating the victim, he was transported to hospital".

Mark Wainberg in 2012YOUTUBE, JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITALMcGill University virologist Mark Wainberg, whose research contributed to the discovery of the antiviral drug lamivudine, died this week (April 11).

Wainberg was lead investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital and director of the McGill University AIDS Centre, CBC reported. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the president of the International AIDS Society.

During his time leading IAS, he organised the 13th International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, and he also co-chaired the same conference in Toronto in 2006.

Wainberg frequently lobbied for more funding and more education about HIV and AIDS - which is one reason he chose South Africa as a place to hold an global conference.

"He would transfer his passion to colleagues, to young doctors".

"I tried to save him and I could not", Zev Wainberg said. "And doing for the patients, first thing, doing for the patients", said Dr. Thomas. Additionally, he contributed to the field of HIV drug resistance, including the identification of numerous mutations in the HIV genome that drive drug resistance. His work contributed to saving millions of lives, ' said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. His ensuing AIDS research earned him honors such as the Order of Canada and the Legion d'honneur, the highest honors for civilians given by Canada and France, respectively.

Wainberg is also known for advocating to change a controversial policy in Canada that barred all gay men from donating blood.