Core Research Teams

The CTN Core research structure supports our scientists – emerging and experienced – to generate new concepts and protocols. The Cores strive to ensure that studies are implemented while still topical, and are equipped to provide a forum for dynamic discussion of research ideas and the rapid movement of research initiatives into clinical trials.

Together, these teams function as a catalyst of scientific activity in their area. Core teams focus the expertise of clinical investigators, research coordinators, CTN support staff, and members of the HIV community, on generating study protocols that address the most urgent clinical questions of the day.

Drs. Mona Loutfy and Jason Brophy, Core Co-Leaders

The Clinical Care and Management will conduct clinical research aimed at creating evidence-based knowledge that optimizes engagement in the HIV Cascade of Care in Canada (particularly for key populations), and that contributes to improved understanding and management of HIV-related comorbidities; and that enhances wellness of persons living and aging with HIV.

Core Research Associate:

Laura Puri puri@hhsc.ca

Drs. Curtis Cooper and Ann Burchell, Core Co-Leaders

The Co-infections and Related Conditions Core focuses on the design and conduct of research that has real-world impact and is aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of HIV, HCV and other STBBIs and emerging co-infections and their related health impacts..

Core Research Associates:

Chrissi Galanakis cgalanakis@ohri.ca

Chantal Burelle chantal.burelle@mail.mcgill.ca

Drs. Mario Ostrowksi and Jean-Pierre Routy, Core Co-Leaders

The Vaccines and Immunotherapies Core focuses on the growing science of viral eradication and continue to conduct studies developing and testing targeted immunotherapies and therapeutic vaccines primarily as they directly or indirectly decrease the size of the HIV reservoir, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for HIV.

Core Research Associates:

Angie Massicotte angie.massicotte@muhc.mcgill.ca

Drs. Darrell Tan and Trevor Hart, Core Co-Leaders

The Prevention Core brings together scientists conducting biomedical, social and behavioural research in collaboration with community partners to develop, test, and implement evidence-based HIV prevention research.

Core Research Associates:

Mina Kazemi mina.kazemi@wchospital.ca

Latest News

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).

Interpreting new international study results for the Canadian context

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CTN National Director Dr. Aslam Anis commented on new findings from study which found that the risk of transmitting HIV to a sexual partner is completely eliminated in people on ART.

Inaugural Steatohepatitis in HIV Workshop Launched

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The goal of this workshop is to provide a multidisciplinary view of the current state of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in HIV and establish a collaborative platform for related research projects.

Guest Blog: Dr. Kiffer G. Card

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Dr. Card, CTN Postdoctoral Fellow, provides an overview of his fellowship project, using national survey data to shed light on patterns of substance use and how they relate to HIV risk in gbMSM.