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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Guest Blog: Dr. Hudson Reddon

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Dr. Hudson Reddon, CTN Postdoctoral Fellow, discusses his project which aims to describe the effect of cannabis legalization on injection drug use and HIV risk.

CTN at the 2019 IAS Conference on HIV Science

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The 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science – known as IAS 2019 – will take place on July…

Government of Canada invests close to $23M in HIV/AIDS research

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Investment will support research on prevention, treatment, and developing a cure for HIV.

Aging with HIV

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Today, more than half of all people living with HIV in Canada are 50 years or older. This is mostly because people are living much longer, healthier lives with HIV thanks to the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART).