Celebration with children in Ono-town, receiving Prof. Luc Montagnier, for his award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or medicine 2008
On October 6, 2009, more than 60 children in Ono-town were a little nervous while waiting for Prof. Luc Montagnier at the WFARP Japan Office.
However, they were very much excited by the fact that the famous Nobel Laureate would come to our small town. Then at last Prof. Montagnier came into the hall with a smile on his face, together with Mr. Hayashi, who is a representative of Osato Research Institute, and Mr. Sugiyama, who was a town mayor.
Ms. Yoko Tokue started the celebration with her beautiful piano performance, which made the atmosphere happy and relaxed. After the town mayor, Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama extended his congratulation, Prof. Montagnier made a little speech to everybody there: "Currently the main treatment for HIV carrier is to reduce the virus in their bodies to the minimum amount using HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) for 3 to 9 months. However, this treatment won't remove the virus totally. It may not be detected by the current testing technique, but it is still hiding somewhere in the body. What we have to do in order to make it possible is to find out the nature of this hiding virus and keep it minimum using therapeutic vaccines or enhancing immune systems by antioxidants. In his words, we felt his passion, belief and efforts in his researches over a number of years, not giving up his dream whatever happens.
In the Q & A Session with children, Prof. Montagnier answered each question gently with smile. They made questions such as; "What do we have to be careful about to prevent HIV infection?" "What kind of study are you doing now to conquer AIDS? etc.
Prof. Montagnier with big smile in front of the children
|Chopin, a favorite of Prof. Montagnier, was played for him|
Prof. Montagnier and Mr. Hayashi, secretary general of the WFARP Japan Office
|Children made questions directly to Prof. Montagnier|
Floral tribute from the children
|He was talking to each child in a very friendly way|
|commemorative photo with WFARP staff in front of the Land Lover Car with Red Ribbon Logo