Italian University La Sapienza pays tribute to Anthony Fauci

Fauci joined the University of Rome via a video link from Washington.

La Sapienza University of Rome has awarded an honorary doctorate to Anthony Fauci, the American infectious disease expert and covid adviser to President Biden.

Recognition has been given to the American immunologist for his “fundamental role” in the study of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

La Sapienza said the honor was bestowed “with particular attention to pioneering early studies of HIV infections and the development of measures to contain transmission and effective therapies for AIDS.”

Participating via video link from Washington, Fauci received the honorary doctorate in advances in infectious diseases, microbiology, forensics and public health sciences at a ceremony hosted by the university on January 13.

The event’s keynote address was delivered by Thomas D. Smitham, ChargĂ© d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Italy, and was followed by a speech by the university’s rector, Antonella Polimeni.

Highlighting Fauci’s “strong and competent contribution in the fight against the covid pandemic”, Polimeni said: “I would like to highlight in particular Fauci’s impact and contribution on a global level”, added the rector. “His clear and at the same time simple communication has made him one of the most listened to scientific voices not only by the public but also by policy makers.”

“I’m a second-generation Italian-American,” said Fauci, who delivered a keynote lecture titled COVID-19: lessons learned and remaining challenge, telling the audience, “If my parents and grandparents were alive today, they would be proud to know that the country they come from bestowed this honor on their son and grandson.”

Fauci’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy in the late 19th century. His paternal grandparents are from Sciacca, in the province of Agrigento in Sicily. Her maternal grandmother was from Naples and her maternal grandfather from Avellino.

Founded by Pope Boniface VIII in 1303, La Sapienza is the largest university in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.

The university recently made international headlines when Giorgio Parisi, professor of quantum theories at La Sapienza, won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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