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Dr. Julio Montaner receives the highest award of honour from the Canadian Medical Association

August 6, 2013 - Dr. Julio Montaner, a world-renowned expert in HIV/AIDS from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Frederic Newton Gisborne (F.N.G.) Starr Award. The F. N. G. Starr award is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, the fine arts or literature, or by achievements in serving humanity under conditions calling for courage or the endurance of hardship in the promotion of health or the saving of life, in advancing the humanitarian or cultural life of his or her community or in improving medical service in Canada.

Dr. Montaner has made significant contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS both nationally and internationally. Through his leadership and collaborative work, Dr. Montaner has greatly contributed to increasing Canada's capacity in this area of research and has made advancements in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. Some of his most significant work has been in pioneering HAART - the Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy that has proven to decrease transmission of the HIV virus and decreases a patient's total burden of HIV while maintaining function of the immune system.

Dr. Montaner was the recipient of the Prix Galien Canada  2010 Research Award and is past-president of the International AIDS Society. In 2013, Dr Montaner was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in his ground-breaking HIV Treatment as Prevention Strategy. Dr. Montaner will become the 47th recipient of the F.N.G. Starr award at a ceremony to be held on August 21 as part of the CMA's 146th annual meeting.

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Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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