THE world’s best AIDS researchers perished in the Malaysia Airlines crash leaving a gaping hole in the field.
There were scores of AIDS activists, researchers and health workers on board the ill-fated flight bound for 20th International AIDS Conference starting in Melbourne before the tragedy.
Among the dead was prominent Dutch researcher Joep Lange, who has been a pioneer in HIV research and research since the early eighties.
He was the former president of the International Aids Society and his work included preventing HIV being transmitted from a mother to their child.
Other notable delegates who died were Dr Lucie van Mens, who since 1995 has focused on HIV and AIDs prevention and the World Health Organisation’s Glenn Thomas.
AIDs campaigners Pim de Kuijer and Jacqueline van Tongeren were also among the dead.