Doctors Explore Impact of Epidemics on Culture, From Black Death to AIDS

“Fear, loathing, terror, scapegoating, victim-blaming,” the shunning of “so-called undesirables:” these were the responses of Christians to their Jewish neighbors during the Black Death, the plague pandemic that killed at least a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century. The mindset returned in our own purportedly enlightened times, too, when the first signs of AIDS emerged in the early 1980s.

Einstein Researcher to Receive $8 Million in NIH Funding for AIDS Research

A team of investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center (MMC), led by Dr. Harris Goldstein, director of Einstein’s Center for AIDS Research, will receive $1.5 million in the next year (and nearly $8 million over 5 years) from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support and expand the Center for AIDS Research at Einstein and MMC. The Einstein/MMC Center for AIDS Research joins an elite group of 20 other national Centers for AIDS Research designated and funded by the Centers for AIDS Research Program at the NIH.