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CDC researcher: 'global leader' in AIDS research lost in Malaysia air crash

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Dr. Joep Lange, photo courtesy Maaike Danz at PharmAccess Foundation Dr. Joep Lange, photo courtesy Maaike Danz at PharmAccess Foundation
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The director of AIDS research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the world lost one of its leading minds in HIV and AIDS research, when Malaysia Air flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. Dr. Joep Lange was one of six people on board that flight bound for an AIDS conference in Australia.

Dr. Jonathan Mermin at the CDC knew him well.

"I first met him when I was living and working in Uganda, over a decade ago," said Mermin. "(Lange's) voice was a powerful one. Dr. Lange was one of the greatest researchers, and conveners of the community, in the past few decades. To think about the HIV community that was inspired by Joep Lange, now have to cope with his loss."

According to his associates in Amsterdam, Lange served as the president of the International AIDS Society, and was on the cutting edge of HIV-AIDS research since 1983.

"We've lost a global leader on HIV," said Mermin.

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