PIERRE CARDIN JOINS FIGHT AGAINST AIDS
PARIS — Pierre Cardin is joining forces with leading international AIDS researcher Dr. Luc Montagnier to help raise funds to fight the disease.
Cardin will host a party at his Maxim’s restaurant in New York Nov. 12 to introduce Montagnier to potential contributors and to serve as a teaser for a future fund-raising dinner to help finance the $30 million Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Queens College of the City University of New York.
The center is to open in about two years, Cardin said.
Montagnier — an expert in virus research who, with his team at Paris’s Pasteur Institute, was the first to isolate the HIV virus in 1983 — was given the Bernard and Gloria Salick Distinguished Professor Chair at the center and is the center’s director. He is working at Queens College, where a temporary AIDS research unit will become operational next spring. Montagnier is trying to develop an AIDS vaccine.
The city and state of New York are funding 65 percent of the costs of setting up the center. The remainder is expected to be raised through gifts from individuals and companies.
Through his contacts, Cardin said, he hopes to attract donations to the Queens College Center and the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention. Montagnier presides over the foundation, which he founded in 1993 with Federico Mayor, the director general of UNESCO. The foundation has research and clinical centers here and in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast.