Luba Vikhanski is a science writer at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She is the author of "Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine." Vikhanski will discuss how the findings of Metchnikoff, known as the father of natural immunity, sparked an "immunity war" in the mid-19th century.
Robert Gallo is the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor of Medicine and co-founder and director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. A winner of two Lasker awards, Gallo is recognized internationally for his co-discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS during his long tenure at the NIH.