The Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and the Association for India's Development will present a two-part lecture series on the crisis of AIDS in developing countries around the world on March 23 and March 24 on the Virginia Tech campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The first lecture titled “Global Access to HIV/AIDS Medications: Local and Global Dimensions” will be held on March 23, at 3.30 p.m. in the VMRCVM’s classroom 100 and will discuss the influence of governmental policies on HIV control and research.

The second lecture titled “The International Response to HIV: Gender Implications” will be on March 24, at 5 p.m. in 3100 Torgersen Hall. This lecture, a part of the Women's Month Celebration at Virginia Tech, will focus on the gender-based inequalities in the support provided to AIDS patients.

Dr. Vineeta Gupta, Founder-Director of the Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII), will present both lectures. Dr. Gupta holds the unique combination of a medical degree and law degree, and has an impressive twenty years of experience as a grassroots human rights activist and community organizer both in India and the United States. She has spoken on health care, HIV/AIDS-related issues, global trade, human rights, and policies of international financial institutions at numerous university campuses and prestigious international forums and has been recognized for her work by several international organizations.

For more information on the lectures series, contact Sheela Ramamoorthy.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

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