- Mark Wainberg Lecture
Leading human rights advocate to deliver opening Mark Wainberg Lecture at Canada's national AIDS conference
APRIL 9, 2014 - Ottawa - The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) announced
that Richard Elliott has been selected as the 2014 Mark Wainberg Lecturer. Each year, at CAHR's national conference on HIV research,
the lecture honours Dr. Wainberg's ongoing contributions to fighting HIV/AIDS and to recognize the efforts of others who exemplify the
same traits of excellence, perseverance, and commitment to the cause of finding innovative and groundbreaking ways to address the epidemic.
Richard Elliott is the Executive Director for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Canada's
leading advocacy organization working, domestically and internationally, on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV and AIDS.
Mr. Elliott is an internationally renowned advocate and activist in this field, having worked on both the frontlines and in
numerous advisory roles throughout his career. He has delivered legal services to low-income people living with HIV, been
counsel in key HIV cases before the Canadian courts, and advised the federal government, UN agencies and the Global
Commission on HIV and the Law. He is a founding member of the Global Treatment Access Group, and spearheaded the
civil society advocacy campaign for access to medicines for those needlessly suffering and dying without
treatment in developing countries.
Mr. Elliott's 2014 lecture , entitled "Evidence + Principle:
Science and scientists as critical enablers of human rights and public health," will explore the critical role of evidence,
and the researchers who generate it, in influencing public policy in the HIV response.
"I am honoured to deliver the Wainberg Lecture," said Mr. Elliott. "As Dr. Wainberg's own work attests, HIV researchers
and human rights advocates need to work together - particularly as both evidence and human rights are all too often disregarded when
public policy is made. It is only through such collaboration that we can successfully achieve and implement sound, ethical
public policies for HIV prevention and treatment."
"On behalf of entire 2014 CAHR Conference Scientific Planning Committee, we congratulate Richard on this award," said 2014 Conference
co-chairs Drs. Michael Grant and Debbie Kelly, from Memorial University. "This award is our way of thanking Richard and the Canadian
HIV/AIDS Legal Network for their continuing advocacy of social justice and evidence-based policies in Canada."
For more information visit: CAHR 2014
The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is the professional organization for HIV/AIDS research in Canada and by Canadians. CAHR
is composed of researchers in all disciplines of HIV/AIDS science, for the purpose of improving prevention and treatment with an
ultimate goal of eradication and cure. The annual CAHR conference is the premier gathering in Canada for those working in the
field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ( www.aidslaw.ca ) promotes the human rights of
people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation,
public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and
human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS
For more information
The 2014 Mark Wainberg Lecture will be given at the official opening of the 2014 CAHR Conference - May 1 st at 17:30 at the Delta St.
c/o Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc.
Suite 206, 201 Bewicke Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3M7
23rd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research
May 1-4, 2014, St. John's, NL
"Reproduced with permission - "Canadian Association for HIV Research"
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