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Inaugural David Cooper Lecture | Dr Anthony S. Fauci

Dr Anthony S. Fauci and Tegan Taylor

If there's anything you want, it would be for people to be pulling together in uniform. It's like being in a war. The common enemy is the virus. And we should all be fighting the virus and not fighting with each other.

Dr Anthony S. Fauci

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating in the USA, Dr Anthony S. Fauci has remained a voice of authority and reason, bringing scientific evidence to the fore. 

Throughout an extraordinary career as a scientist, a physician and a public servant, Dr Anthony S. Fauci has been an adviser to seven US presidents on HIV/AIDS, and domestic and global health issues. A key figure in the global response to HIV/AIDS, his experience of this epidemic has informed his career ever since. 

As the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Anthony S. Fauci sat down with Tegan Taylor, co-host of the ABC’s Coronacast, to discuss the past, the present and the future – from what we learned from the HIV/AIDS epidemic to what the ongoing impact of COVID-19 will be.  


The inaugural David Cooper Lecture honours the legacy of the Kirby Institute’s Founding Director. Professor David Cooper AC, who passed away in 2018, was an internationally renowned scientist and HIV clinician, who laid the foundations for Australia’s ongoing global leadership in the fight against the global HIV epidemic. 

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas, the Kirby Institute, and UNSW Medicine & Health.

Dr Anthony S Fauci

Dr Anthony S. Fauci

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.

Tegan Taylor

Tegan Taylor (Chairperson)

Tegan Taylor is co-host of the ABC’s Coronacast, the multi-award-winning daily podcast about the coronavirus, and a health reporter in the ABC Science Unit, where she reports on topics from stem cells to fad diets and, yes, coronavirus. 

In 2020, Coronacast won a Walkley award and the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism. Tegan was previously a producer on the ABC's national digital newsdesk, where she curated the ABC News homepage and commissioned, wrote and edited news stories. Before that, she was a journalism lecturer at The University of Queensland and, long ago, a newspaper reporter at the Queensland Times in Ipswich. 

Tony Kelleher

Anthony Kelleher (Introduction)

Professor Anthony (Tony) Kelleher is a clinician scientist and Director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. He is also head of the Immunovirology and Pathogenesis program at the Kirby Institute and Principal of the Infection Immunology and Inflammation Theme at UNSW Medicine and Health Sydney. As a staff specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Professor Kelleher is responsible for clinical care of patients with HIV infection and autoimmune diseases as well as providing consultative input into the running of the NSW State HIV Reference laboratory.

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