By McGill Reporter Staff
Nana Mouskouri, internationally-acclaimed singing star and humanitarian, and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine, will be awarded honorary degrees at this spring’s Convocation ceremonies as announced earlier today. The other recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Well known to Montreal audiences, Mouskouri is one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time. But she is also known internationally as an ardent child-rights activist, who has not only used her global reputation to support significant causes, but has herself been elected a member of the European Parliament (1994-1999) and has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1993.
Mouskouri has supported numerous UNICEF actions and projects for children, visiting Africa, Latin America, Central America, Mexico, Bosnia and Asia, and has given fundraising concerts and events worldwide. This year, as she celebrates 20 years as a Goodwill Ambassador, she has said this has been the most rewarding activity of her life.
Dr. Barré-Sinoussi, the acting Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit in the Department of Virology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, has been involved in retrovirology research since the early 1970s and was awarded (together with Luc Montagnier) the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her landmark work in uncovering a retrovirus as the cause of AIDS in 1983. That virus was later named the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Dr. Barré-Sinoussi is one of only 10 female Nobel Prize recipients for Medicine. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Barré-Sinoussi has stood out among her peers as a tireless advocate on behalf of AIDS patients and for AIDS prevention. She currently serves as president of the International AIDS Society. Dr. Barré-Sinoussi has collaborated with McGill researchers and was recently the first lecturer in McGill’s Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lectures.