Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the BC-CfE, Appointed to Order of Canada
Vancouver, BC [December 26, 2014] - The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is proud to announce Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the BC-CfE, has been recognized by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General
of Canada, as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The honour is in recognition of Dr. Montaner's contributions to establishing
the global standard of care for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and for his leadership in the international HIV/AIDS
Dr. Montaner's work as a physician, scientist, and advocate has forged an unprecedented new path in the course of HIV
treatment, care and prevention, as well as the sustainability of HIV care - starting in the province of British
Columbia and expanding across the world.
"Receiving the Order of Canada is a tremendous and humbling achievement," said Dr. Montaner. "I had a unique opportunity
to help a population that, in the beginning, few wanted to work with. I attribute my success to the inspiration provided
by my patients, as well as the guidance provided by my parents and the support of my wife and children, and my many
outstanding coworkers and colleagues at the BC-CfE."
"I will continue in my life-long pursuit to eliminate HIV and AIDS in BC, in Canada and the world, so that we can truly
achieve an AIDS-free generation globally," said Dr. Montaner. "Our made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention strategy
is now providing the road map for the global control of HIV/AIDS. It is my hope we can transfer the lessons
learnt in the fight against HIV/AIDS to other communicable diseases, as part of a targeted disease
elimination strategy that can uniquely contribute to the sustainability of our valued health care system."
"B.C. is a world leader in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS, thanks to the work of the BC Centre for Excellence
in HIV/AIDS under the leadership of Dr. Julio Montaner," said Premier Christy Clark. "Quite simply, his work has saved
thousands of lives - if not millions. At the 1996 International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, Julio first introduced
highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) - now considered the global gold standard for treatment of HIV.
In 2006, he pioneered Treatment as Prevention, a strategy being adopted in many places around the world.
In B.C., we have invested significantly in HIV research, treatment, and care, and with Dr. Montaner's
guidance, these guidelines could serve in countering other infectious diseases, such as hepatitis,
tuberculosis and could also apply to diseases such as addiction."
In November of this year, B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake recognized Dr. Montaner's
work that has been a model for jurisdictions around the world. Minister Lake says, "Dr. Montaner exemplifies the great
leadership in research and clinical work undertaken in British Columbia and follows in the footsteps of Nobel
Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Smith."
Among his other many honours, Dr. Montaner received the Prix Galien Award, the Order of B.C., the Albert Einstein
World of Science Award, the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to Austria, and the Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the field of HIV/AIDS. In 2014, he was appointed UNAIDS
Special Advisor on HIV Therapeutics and will be inducted into the
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2015. Dr. Montaner is also Past President of the International AIDS Society.
Phone: 604-682-2344 ext. 66536
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.
About the Order of Canada
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit www.gg.ca/honours.
Reproduced with permission - "B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS"
B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
For more HIV and AIDS News visit...
Positively Positive - Living with HIV/AIDS: