Who are we?

The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) is an innovative partnership funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to conduct clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards involving treatments, prevention, and vaccines for HIV and related health conditions. The CTN supports and promotes the principle of greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all its activities.

What is the CAC?

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was created in 1993 to provide formal community input to the CTN regarding clinical research. Members review research proposals and informed consent forms and make recommendations to the CTN’s Steering Committee. The CAC meets at least twice per year in person and/or by teleconference. The CTN pays a small honorarium for reviews and covers travel expenses for national meetings.

Want to join the CAC?

The CAC is currently seeking nominations from community members to fill several positions on this nine-person committee, with up to two apprentice positions. The CAC strives to be representative of the diverse populations most affected by HIV and related health conditions in Canada, along with all geographical regions of the country.

Interested nominees should have:

  • An interest in contemporary scientific research on HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and/or sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)
  • Knowledge of issues related to HIV, HCV and/or STBBIs including prevention, treatment, and care
  • Personal and/or professional connections to communities of people living with HIV
  • An understanding of issues relevant to HIV communities
  • A strong command of spoken and written English. Francophones are strongly encouraged to apply

A scientific background is not required to serve on the CAC, as training will be provided to successful candidates. Terms of appointment last three years. Nominees will be selected by the CTN in consultation with current CAC members and external community partners.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and a brief resumé, together with a nomination letter from a community group,* to ctninfo@hivnet.ubc.ca by Monday, March 1, 2021.

*A relevant community group is a registered organization, charity, association, educational institution or governmental department whose mandate relates to care, advocacy, research and/or policy for the HIV community