Roberto A. Giraldo
Medical Doctor, Specialist in Internal Medicine with a Major in Infectious Diseases from University of Antioquia, Colombia. Graduated with distinction from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, after obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Tropical Medicine.
For four decades dedicated to clinical, academic, and research activities regarding different aspects of infectious, tropical, and immunological diseases, in various regions of Colombia, the United States, Europe, and Africa.
Much of his research has been in the field of secondary or acquired immune deficiencies, especially those occurring in developing countries. In 1967 studied, with Professor Jacob Frenckel at the Kansas University Medical Center, Toxoplasma gondii and Pneumocystis carinii infections, as surrogate clinical markers for human immunodeficiency. Also in 1967 studied opportunistic fungal infections with professor Donald Greer at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Kansas City, Kansas. During 1974 and 1975, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, studied the main risk factors for endemic Kaposi’s sarcoma, as a surrogate clinical marker for immune deficiency in African countries.
From 1979 until 1987 worked as a clinician at a remote, rainforest region of Colombia. Here had the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with indigenous traditional healers, exploring ways to address a great variety of medical issues related to poverty, malnutrition, immune deficiencies, parasites, and infections.
Independent researcher of AIDS since 1981. Have several publications on AIDS and related conditions. In 1997 published a book— "AIDS and Stressors: AIDS is neither an infectious disease nor is sexually transmitted. It is a toxic-nutritional syndrome caused by the alarming worldwide increment of immunological stressor agents." The book was published in Spanish in 2002: “SIDA y agentes estresantes: el SIDA no es infeccioso ni se transmite sexualmente. Este es un sindrome toxico-nutricional causado por el alarmante incremento mundial de agentes estresantes para el sistema inmunologico.”
1993 to present work as a technologist in the Laboratories of Clinical Immunology and Molecular diagnosis at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York City. Here had the opportunity to run and know in detail the Elisa, Western blot and PCR (viral load) tests for HIV.
Since 2000 member of the South African Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel. Advisor of several African countries concerning nutrition and diseases related to poverty. In 2003 presented to 14 Ministers of Health of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) the scientific bases for this proposal: “Nutritional therapy for the treatment and prevention of AIDS.”
Former president of Rethinking AIDS: The International Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of AIDS. Member of the Board of Directors of Health Education AIDS Liaison, HEAL-New York and of the Art and Science Foundation of Medellin, Colombia. Panelist at the South African Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel. Scientific advisor of several non-government organizations in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Spain.
New York City, 2005