Dr Francis completed undergraduate studies at the UC Berkeley, received his MD from Northwestern University and his Doctor of Science in Virology from Harvard. He joined CDC in the early 1970s, where combated smallpox, cholera, Ebola, and AIDS. His early work on HIV/AIDS was chronicled in Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On. From 1988 to 1992, he was Special Consultant on AIDS to San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos. After retiring from CDC in 1992 he worked on HIV vaccines at Genentech, VaxGen, and now a not-for-profit company, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases.
Closing the circle: a thirty-year retrospective on the AIDS/blood epidemic
Version of Record online: 27 AUG 2013
© 2013 American Association of Blood Banks
Special Issue: Thirty Years of Progress since Recognition of Transfusion-Associated AIDS
Volume 53, Issue 10pt2, pages 2359–2364, October 2013
How to Cite
Dubin, C. and Francis, D. (2013), Closing the circle: a thirty-year retrospective on the AIDS/blood epidemic. Transfusion, 53: 2359–2364. doi: 10.1111/trf.12374
Mr Dubin holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Political Science. Following his studies, Dubin became an award-winning investigative journalist. Subsequently he served as News & Public Affairs Director for Pacifica Radio, KPFK, in Los Angeles from 1984 to 1986. In 1989, he founded Coyote Radio, a Goleta, California, based, not-for-profit, radio news, documentary, and features production organization. In 1992 he joined the Committee of Ten Thousand, founded in 1989 by persons with hemophilia confronting the devastating epidemics of HIV/AIDS and HCV in the hemophilia community. In 1997 he became the President of the Committee, a position he continues to hold today. In 1995 he was appointed to serve as a full member of the FDA, Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC), on which he served until 1999. In 2012 he was again chosen to serve on the BPAC.
- Issue online: 4 OCT 2013
- Version of Record online: 27 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 JUL 2012