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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CTN at CAHR 2018

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Along with supporting CAHR as a Bronze Sponsor, the CTN is proud to host several important events throughout the week.

CTNPT 029: Group Therapy for People Living with HAND

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In Memoriam: Dr. David Cooper

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The CTN offers condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. David Cooper. Dr. Cooper dedicated his life to…

Trans Working Group Working To Remove Health Care Barriers

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  The Prevention and Vulnerable Populations (PVP) Core’s Trans Working Group has submitted their first grant proposal. The proposal is…