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Douglas College honours Dr. Julio Montaner, pioneering HIV and AIDS researcher

June 5, 2014 - Douglas College is today awarding its highest distinction, honorary fellowship, to Dr. Julio Montaner, a renowned researcher and pioneer in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

"I am very thankful and honoured to receive this special distinction from Douglas College. This fellowship is a testament to the work my colleagues and I have carried out over the last three decades to stop HIV and AIDS," says Dr. Montaner, Director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

In addition to being Director of the BC-CfE, Dr. Montaner is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and has held the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation/University of British Columbia Endowed Chair in AIDS Research since 1996.

Dr. Montaner has been a tireless advocate for improving the efficacy and accessibility of HIV treatment and care. In the mid-1990s, his innovative research led to the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), a triple-drug therapy which lowers HIV levels in the bloodstream and improves the immune system. HAART is now the gold standard of HIV treatment.

Over the past decade, a main focus of his work has been the development and implementation of an approach known as Treatment as Prevention. This approach calls for early engagement of HIV-positive individuals into treatment to reduce the virus to undetectable levels in the body, making it very difficult to transmit and improving health outcomes drastically.

"The Treatment as Prevention strategy we pioneered here in British Columbia, in partnership with the provincial government, is a game-changer in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It's worked here in B.C. to dramatic effect and other countries have begun to follow our lead, including China, Brazil, France, Spain, and Panama. If adopted globally, this strategy could drastically curb morbidity, mortality, and transmission with remarkable economic impact," Dr. Montaner says.

"We are proud to recognize Dr. Montaner with our institution's highest distinction, Honorary Fellowship. As an internationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS, his research and advocacy have changed and saved countless lives. He is a remarkable inspiration to not only our college community but also to an entire generation of people," Douglas College President Scott McAlpine says.

"Dr. Montaner has tackled one of the most serious health and social issues of our time. It is our privilege to recognize his dedication and inspiring work," Douglas College Board Chair Shelley Williams says.

Douglas College is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia, providing applied bachelor's degrees, university transfer, career and post-degree programs for over 20,000 students each year.

For more information, visit douglascollege.ca.

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Douglas College
PO Box 2503,
New Westminster BC
douglascollege.ca


Source: http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/news/releases/douglas-college-honours-dr-julio-montaner-pioneering-hiv-and-aids-researcher


About the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS:

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is Canada's largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility and is internationally recognized as an innovative world leader in combating HIV/AIDS and related diseases. BC-CfE is based at St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care, a teaching hospital of the University of British Columbia. The BC-CfE works in close collaboration with key provincial stakeholders, including health authorities, health care providers, academics from other institutions, and the community to decrease the health burden of HIV and AIDS. By developing, monitoring and disseminating comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related illnesses, the BC-CfE helps improve the health of British Columbians living with HIV.


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