New ICGEB Director-General takes up his mandate on 1 July 2019

Lawrence Banks is the fifth Director-General of the ICGEB and was elected by the Board of Governors at its session in May 2019. He commences his five-year term on 1 July 2019, with an address directly from the ICGEB New Delhi Component, graciously hosted by Dinakar Salunke, Director of ICGEB India.

In taking up his mandate, the Director-General addressed the 400-strong scientific, admin and student body in New Delhi, “that has always been at the forefront of the ICGEB’s activities”; providing training and advanced education through Fellowships, Meetings and Courses and capacity building thanks to grant funding programmes and technology transfer.

In urging that each member of the Organisation has a critical role to play in achieving ICGEB’s mission, he championed continued efforts to expand programmes, identify donors, work on proposals, and pursue collaboration and training in and for our Member States , “using our skills and uniqueness to improve the lives of people living in desperate situations across the globe”.

Lawrence Banks, UK, heads the Tumour Virology laboratory in Trieste and succeeds Mauro Giacca, Italy, Molecular Medicine Group Leader, whose term as Director-General ran from 2014-2019.

Francisco E. Baralle, Argentina, was Director-General from 2004-2014 and Arturo Falaschi, Italy, the mind and driving force of the Organisation, was Director-General between 1989-2004. The first Director of the Centre, from 1987-1989, was Irwin Gunsalus, USA.

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