Our History

In July 1989, the Government of Canada requested proposals for an AIDS clinical trials infrastructure. A Vancouver-based coalition of researchers responded, proposing a model of a decentralized network, built on a foundation of five regions and numerous satellite centres.

They envisioned a head office to handle the administration and house a data management centre of the highest technical capacity. The coalition developed standing committees to oversee this infrastructure and the trials it generates.

The team was confident that with Canada’s geographically diverse clinics and hospitals effectively linked, the country would be seen as an ideal place to conduct pivotal trials in HIV/AIDS.

In July 1990, the Canadian government formally announced its support for the CTN model. And, on January 23, 1991, the Network’s National Centre officially opened its doors and announced the launch of the first CTN trials.

The CTN Timeline

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Call for Nominations: Community Advisory Committee (CAC) 2018

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The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN/Network) is an innovative partnership funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to…

Guest Blog: Dr. Nadine Kronfli on HCV treatment in Canadian prisons

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Persons in custody in Canadian prisons have a 25-fold higher rate of hepatitis C (HCV) infection than the general population….

Guest Blog: CTN Postdoc Dr. Malika Sharma

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CTN Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Malika Sharma writes about the current state of PrEP in Canada and how CTN 303 looks to change the way these HIV prevention drugs are delivered.

Guest Blog: My Experience Interning at the CTN, Part 1

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Hi everyone! My name is Sonia, and I’m one of the Communications and Knowledge Translation Interns working with the CTN this summer.