BETHESDA, Md--One of the discoverers of HIV, Robert C. Gallo,
MD, is leaving the National Cancer Institute after 30 years, most
recently as head of the Division of Tumor Cell Biology.
He will establish a major AIDS research institute at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore, to be called the Institute of Human Virology.
The institute will be supported by at least $9 million in Maryland
tax revenues for the first 3 years and will receive an additional
$3 million in Baltimore city funds, Dr. Gallo said.
It eventually will employ 250 people and have an annual budget
of $25 million to $30 million, including government grants and
collaboration with private industry.
Two top scientists accompanying Dr. Gallo to Baltimore are William
Blattner, MD, chief of the NCI's Viral Epidemiology Branch, and
Robert Redfield, MD, a clinical virologist at the Walter Reed
Army Institute of Research.