SHM mourns the death of Kirby Institute director, Prof. David Cooper

19 March 2018

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing yesterday in Sydney, Australia, of Professor David Cooper. “David stood tall amongst us, not only literally, but also as one of the giants of HIV research and medicine. He leaves a huge and important legacy to our field,” said SHM’s director, Peter Reiss. “In the Netherlands we’ll always remember collaborating with David and his team on early clinical trials of new and dual nucleosides, on the very first trials with nevirapine, on collaborative cohort research like D:A:D, and of course, together with Professors Praphan Phanuphak and Joep Lange, as co-founder of the HIV Netherlands-Australia-Thailand research collaboration, HIV-NAT, in Bangkok. To me personally, David was a longstanding important personal mentor, a generous and loyal collaborator, a kind and gentle friend, and  in all respects a true ‘Mensch’. We’ll all miss you Coops.”

We extend our sincerest condolences to Prof. Cooper’s family, friends and colleagues.

Please visit the Kirby Institute website for more information.