An overview of the international fight against infectious diseases will be the topic of a public talk from NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci in Hamilton October 25. Dr. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which includes the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton. Dr. Fauci oversees studies throughout the US and the world and will be presenting information about emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, the Zika virus and measles. The hour-long talk will be at the Performing Arts Center at Hamilton High School, starting at 7 p.m. October 25 and is free to the public.

In a news release, Dr. Fauci said, "HIV/AIDS, multiple Ebola outbreaks in Africa, the 2009 pandemic influenza outbreak, the emergence of Zika virus in the western hemisphere, and the recent increase in measles cases worldwide are just a few examples of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in the modern world." This is Dr. Fauci's second presentation in the RML speaker series. In 2011 he spoke about "Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS." He has been NIAID director since 1984 and has received, among other awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science. He also was instrumental in continuing the Hamilton facility's important role in the National Institutes of Health system. The evening is part of Rocky Mountain Laboratories' public outreach series.