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Telecom Italia: Rosso Alice Presents an online debate on the fight against Aids and cancer with professor Robert C. Gallo

05/06/2005 - 12:00 PM

At 6 p.m. on Monday May 9th the Italian-American scientist takes part in a live debate on Telecom Italia’s broadband portal, talking about research and the latest hopes in the battle against HIV and tumoral pathologies

On Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. Professor Robert C. Gallo, the eminent scientist who discovered the HIV virus and is Emeritus President of the Fondazione Ricerca & Progresso charity, is a special guest in an online debate about the fight against AIDS and tumoral pathologies on Telecom Italia’s broadband Rosso Alice portal (http://www.rossoalice.it/).

The live audiovisual event, chaired by journalist Lavinia Bruno, will allow people to express their thoughts and find out about the latest scientific developments in the fight against infection caused by HIV.

Viewers can follow the debate and Professor Gallo on http://www.rossoalice.it/ by clicking on “Alice Live” in the Community channel. All Alice ADSL customers who are registered with the portal and the Community can participate interactively. Other visitors can send their questions in to the “Alice Live” team, who will put the most interesting queries to the Italian-American scientist. From the following afternoon onwards, the event may be viewed by people who were unable to log in live.

“Alice Live” is a free and open channel for all Rosso Alice Community users. All that’s required to take part in video events and other live entertainment broadcasts is a webcam.

Launched by Telecom Italia in March 2004, Rosso Alice registered 2,481,000 unique browsers in April 2005 (visitors who connected to the site at least once during the month). That same month the site registered a total of 48,695,000 pageviews, a daily average of 1,623,000. Telecom Italia’s broadband service continues to expand, with 4,872,000 broadband accesses supplied at the end of March 2005 (522,000 outside Italy).

Professor Robert C. Gallo is the Director of the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. A recipient of countless scientific merit awards in countries around the world, he holds 19 honorary doctorates and has the rare honour of twice having received the most prestigious scientific award in the United States, the Albert Lasker Award in Medicine, in 1982 and 1986.

In Italy Professor Gallo is the founder and chairman of the Fondazione Ricerca & Progresso non-profit organization, which raises money to fund scholarships for young Italian researchers.

Milan, May 6, 2005