The Hon. Michael Kirby has been named Patron of the Kirby Institute.  The Institute is the new name of the cutting edge centre for scientific and social research into HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. It is based in the University of New South Wales.  Since 1988, Michael Kirby has had a close association with the global and national HIV response, including through the World Health Organisation, United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS and the Commonwealth of Nations.  The Kirby Institute was named in December 2012 as a major recipient of research funding awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.  Professor David Cooper, Director of the Kirby Institute, received a grant of $12.6 million for a major research program involving 7 groups in Sydney and Melbourne investigating how HIV lies dormant in some parts of the body, evading eradication by HIV therapy.  The research will examine how the immune system responds to the virus.  For further stories CLICK here.