David Margolis featured in website commemorating JFK 50th anniversary

David Margolis, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, is featured in a new website which explores the legacy of President John F. Kennedy through the core themes of public service, science and innovation, civil rights, domestic affairs, the arts, foreign policy and diplomacy and the environment.

David Margolis featured in website commemorating JFK 50th anniversary click to enlarge David Margolis, MD, MPH

Margolis, who is also professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, always knew he wanted to make a contribution to medicine.  In the video, he recalls being in medical school when the AIDS virus first appeared. It was both mysterious and deadly, and he regularly attended patients’ funerals.

Now, even though his HIV-positive patients live for many years, Margolis is still trying to find a cure.  His research is focused on the biology and virology of HIV, and on translational science. Most recently, he has been investigating the use of cancer drugs to eradicate HIV from the body.

January 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. At the centerpiece of the anniversary celebration is a new website, www.JFK50.org, which aims to engage America’s youth.  Fifty years ago President Kennedy challenged the younger generation to serve as the nation’s standard bearers.

Margolis is featured in the site’s video mosaic legacy gallery showcasing people who are continuing JFK’s legacy in their respective fields.

To watch the video, click here. See the original story here.

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