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Roosevelt House is pleased to present a live Zoom discussion of the timely and inspirational memoir, My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19 by renowned scientist, entrepreneur, healthcare expert, and author Dr. William A. Haseltine. In this deeply relevant story, Dr. Haseltine tells for the first time the riveting tale of his extraordinary life and career. He will be in conversation with former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

Newsworthy, hopeful, and exhilarating, My Lifelong Fight Against Disease delivers a fast-paced insider’s account of some of the most brilliant medical breakthroughs in modern history—including Dr. Haseltine’s work to confront devastating public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. At once candid, evocative, and revelatory, Dr. Haseltine’s much anticipated autobiography explores what it really means to make science your life. While encouraging greater appreciation for science among general readers, this is a book that promises to inspire the next generation to improve the health and well-being of humankind.

As CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, put it: “Place this book at the top of your list. You will be inspired to make an impact on the world, with a remarkable guide to help show you the path.”

William A. Haseltine, Ph.D., has an active career in science, business, and philanthropy in addition to his prolific work as an author of books including World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, where he was Founder and the Chair of the Division of Biochemical Pharmacology and the Division of Human Retrovirology. He is known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He founded twelve biotechnology companies and eight pharmaceutical products from those companies are currently approved by US and international regulatory agencies. Haseltine is the Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, a foundation active in the United States, India, China, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Margaret Hamburg, M.D., is a physician, scientist, and public health executive. She served as Commissioner of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration under President Barack Obama, and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration. She has also served as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, founding Vice President for Biological Programs and Senior Scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Board Chair and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Dr. William A. Haseltine — My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19 | Posted on January 7th, 2021 | Book Discussions, COVID 19, Public Programs