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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A collaborative approach to women-centred HIV care

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Many HIV-specific services are not designed or delivered with women in mind. In response, the CHIWOS team developed two toolkits to bring holistic care to women living with HIV, both launching July 8, 2020

The CTN at AIDS 2020: Virtual

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AIDS 2020: Virtual is almost here. Across July 6-10, you can access prime sessions, workshops, symposia, abstract sessions, pre-conferences, and satellite sessions, each showcasing some of the latest research in the HIV field.

CTN at CAHR 2020

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The 29th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2020) will take place May 1-2 and, this year, it’s going virtual

Darren Lauscher, Comité consultatif auprès de la communauté (CCC) du Réseau

Voices from the Community: people living with HIV weigh in on COVID-19

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As we settle into a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to feel like we are in uncharted territory. But for people living with HIV, they’ve seen this all before