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OHTN Welcomes Dr. Mark Gilbert as Director of Applied Epidemiology

Photo: Dr. Mark GilbertJune 20, 2014 - The OHTN (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) is very pleased to announce that, effective October 6, 2014, Dr. Mark Gilbert will be joining our team as Director of the new OHTN Applied Epidemiology Unit. Mark will be establishing a dynamic team responsible for studying the complex HIV epidemics in Ontario.

In his new role with the OHTN, Mark will work collaboratively with community partners, policy makers, public health, social scientists, epidemiologists and health planners. His unit will provide integrated biological and epidemiological data to help drive programs and services, and reduce new HIV infections. He will also work collaboratively with other units within the OHTN to enhance their work. A skilled researcher and teacher, Mark will lead an ambitious research program and help mentor the next generation of students and community researchers in Ontario in applied epi work.

Dr. Gilbert is a Community Medicine Specialist who has extensive experience in public health, with a focus on communicable disease control. For the last seven years, he has led provincial surveillance of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis for the BC Centre for Disease Control. In that role, he also led the development of population-based public health interventions including online sexual health services and HIV testing initiatives. He has a strong history of collaboration and partnership with community-based HIV and sexual health organizations in BC.

As an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Mark has an active program of research related to evaluation of public health interventions, prevention of HIV and other STIs, and gay men's health.

"We are excited that Mark is joining us," said Sean Rourke, OHTN Scientific and Executive Director. "He brings a wealth of public health experience as well as expertise in understanding HIV epidemics. With his solid track record working with communities and other stakeholders, he will play a major role in our emerging program science approach, increasing impact for the communities we serve."

The OHTN (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) is a collaborative network of researchers, health service providers, policy makers, community members and people with HIV who work together to promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, and education in Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people living with or at risk of HIV.

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About Ontario HIV Treatment Network
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network is a collaborative network of researchers, health service providers, policy makers, community members and people with HIV who work together to promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, education in Ontario. For more information visit: www.ohtn.on.ca


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