Woman Renowned for Medical Research Will Speak in Rochester
Mary Guinan was one of the earliest AIDS researchers; she will speak as part of the Rochester Hills Museum's leadership series.
A woman whose career path connects her with one of the icons of history in Rochester Hills will talk to a local audience about leadership.
Mary Guinan, the past president of the American Medical Women’s Association, will speak on Women's Leadership in Medicine on Sept. 28.
The 7 p.m. lecture at the Royal Park Hotel is free and open to the public. It is part of a leadership series presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and its Broomfield Center for Leadership.
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Guinan was the first woman to serve as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, according to a news release from the museum. She participated in the worldwide smallpox eradication program and was a member of the first CDC AIDS task force that investigated the emerging epidemic in 1981.
Guinan’s early AIDS research is referenced extensively in And the Band Played On, author Randy Shilts’ bestseller on the history of AIDS, according to the news release.
Guinan now serves on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Women’s Association, which was designed to "lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women." The association was founded in 1915 by Bertha Van Hoosen, who was born and raised on the Van Hoosen Farm that is now the Rochester Hills Museum.
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Guinan's visit is the second in the Broomfield leadership series; Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, spoke in November.