L. Joel Martinez 1953-2003.Joel was born in Harlingen, Texas, on January 29, 1953. Throughout his life, he was admired for his amazing combination of intellect, compassion, and achievement. Joel graduated from Rice University cum laude in 1976 and Columbia University School of Law in 1977.
With his diagnosis of AIDS in 1986, Joel's life and life's work changed course. Frustrated by the lack of adequate treatment information available to patients and their physicians, Joel became a lay expert on medical issues relating to HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and one of the country's most respected advocates on treatment issues. Joel served as the head of treatment information and advocacy for the Houston Clinical Research Network at the Montrose Clinic from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, Joel founded The Center for AIDS: Hope & Remembrance Project, where he led the organization as director until February 2003. In his new position as director of advocacy at The Center for AIDS, he was involved in the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC ATAC Arimidex, tamoxifen and combination therapy ), a national coalition of AIDS activists working together to end the AIDS epidemic by advancing research on HIV/AIDS.
Joel was a co-founder of the AIDS Equity League and Body Positive Houston; a volunteer with Project Immune Restoration, a program of Project Inform; and a past trustee of the Texas Human Rights Foundation, the Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus, and Amigos Volunteers in Education and Service (AVES). He also served as Community Constituency Representative to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) is the largest HIV clinical trials organization in the world, playing a major role in setting standards of care for HIV infection and opportunistic diseases related to HIV and AIDS in the United States and the developed world. . He testified before the FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
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n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. and was one of only two patients ever to have voting privileges on an FDA panel, the Biological Response Modifiers biological response modifiers,
n.pl substances such as phytochemicals and fibers that modulate mech-anisms related to the development of disease, such as hormonal changes, immune function, inflammatory activity, oxidative stress, and home-ostasis. Advisory Committee. Joel was a member of the Community Constituency Group of the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS CPCRA, the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS, is - according to their own website:
"an experienced community-based clinical trials network whose main goal is to obtain evidence to properly inform healthcare providers and people living with HIV on the most (CPCRA), and the cardiovascular focus group of The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research in Washington, DC. He made numerous presentations on HIV/AIDS, as well as authored many articles in various publications including the Houston Press, The Link, James White Review, Enlace, Beta (en espanol) and RITA RITA Cardiology A clinical trial–Randomized Intervention Treatment of Angina–comparing the outcome of PCTA vs CABG in Pts with angina. See Angina, Angioplasty, CABG, Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. !
For his work relating to HIV/AIDS issues, Joel received many awards and honors, most recently the Bradley Scott Award from the Harris County Hospital District The Harris County Hospital District is a governmental entity with taxing authority that owns and operates three hospitals and numerous clinics throughout Harris County, Texas, including the city of Houston. . He was also the recipient of The AVES Pyramid Award and the Humanitarian Award of Houston Black Tie Dinner. Despite his own health battles over 17 years and his incredible commitment to his work on HIV/AIDS issues, Joel somehow continued to pursue a wide variety of interests including raising and showing prize-winning dogs, playing classical piano, cooking, writing poetry and short stories, and so much more. Joel will be missed as we continue the struggle to overcome HIV and AIDS.