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Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Conference

Influencing Policy, Practice and Programs

November 14 - 15, 2011

Mark your calendars! The OHTN Research Conference is right around the corner. Community members, research scientists, clinicians, students, policy-makers, service providers and people living with HIV will father in Toronto to explore a wide range of complex and sometimes provocative concerns. The Conference will feature new and emerging HIV/AIDS research findings through over 150 presentations, skill-building workshops, discussion forums and keynote addresses on HIV prevention, support and treatment from internationally respected HIV scholars, community members and policy makers.

WHEN: November 14 - 15, 2011

WHERE: Hilton Toronto Hotel 145 Richmond Street West 416 869 3456

Conference Highlights Include:

The Quest for a Cure

Timothy Brown
The “Berlin Patient” – first and only documented case of a person being cured of HIV.
Matt Sharp
HIV activist and person living with HIV – involved in a gene therapy trial.

Innovative Prenvention Interventions

Resilience-based Interventions for highly vulnerable MSM
Steven Kurtz
Co-Director, Center for Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities Nova Southeastern University

For sex workers.
Kate Shannon
Director of the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative BC Centre for Excellence In the African and Caribbean Community

Fighting for Our Lives: Three Decades of Organizing and Activism by People Living with HIV/AIDS
James Gillett
Associate Professor, Sociology and Health, Aging and Society McMaster University

HIV Prevention & Care in a High-Tech World

How Internet-based HIV Prevention is Transforming Sex, Risk and Prevention for Men Who Have Sex with Men
Simon Rosser
Director HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies Program University of Minnesota School of Public Health

The Application of Telemedicine to HIV Prevention and Treatment
Timothy Heckman
Director HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies Program University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Providing Better Care

Chonic Inflammation and its role in HIV
Chris Tsoukas
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine McGill University

The Positive Pregnancy Programme: A Collaborative Model for Providing Care to HIV-Postive Women During Pregnancy
Mark H. Yudin
Adjunct Scientist, Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing
Knowledge Institute
St. Michael's Hospital

Jay MacGillvray
Registered Midwife
Positive Pregnancy Program, St. Michael's Hospital

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

From the US:

Timothy Brown is "The Berlin patient", the man who once had HIV. Although American, he was living in Berlin and receiving treatment for HIV when he was diagnosed in 2006 with leukemia. He was treated by Dr Gero Huetter who had a cutting-edge idea of treating his leukemia with a stem cell transplant from a person who was born immune to HIV infection. The rest is medical history. Timothy is recognized by international researchers as the first and only documented case of a person being cured of HIV.

Timothy G. Heckman is a research professor in geriatric medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in experimental health psychology. His recent research has focused primarily on the mental health needs of rural people living with HIV/AIDS. He is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate the efficacy of a telephone-delivered, coping improvement group intervention for HIV-infected persons living in rural areas.

Steven Kurtz is Co-Director, Center for Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities-Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies-Nova Southeastern University in Coral Gables, Florida. He is PI and/or Co-investigator on five NIDA-funded projects focused on substance use and HIV risk reduction. As PI, his work has concentrated on highly vulnerable gay/bisexual men as well as on prescription drug abuse and diversion among a wide range of populations.

Greg Millett is Senior Behavioral Scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at CDC in Atlanta and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of National AIDS Policy. His work focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) and correlates of HIV risk behavior among bisexual men of color.

Simon Rosser is Professor and Director HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. One of his most recent studies was testing highly interactive Internet-based interventions for men who go on-line to seek sex with men. He teaches on the concepts and methodologies of developing online prevention for public health issues like cancer, substance abuse, and obesity.

Matt Sharp is Director of Treatment and Prevention Advocacy at Project Inform in San Francisco. A veteran of the AIDS movement, his work focuses on cutting edge prevention, treatment, education, psychosocial and harm reduction programming. He has a particular interest in HIV cure research.

From Canada:

James Gillett is Associate Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with a joint appointed in the Sociology Department and the Department of Health, Aging and Society. His current research interests are in the cultural representations of health and illness and the approaches that people take toward their health and health care. He recently published A Grassroots History of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in North America

Chris Tsoukas is Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University. His research interests are in developing novel immune-based therapies and in evaluating immune surrogate markers of disease progression and response to antiviral therapies in order to improve clinical management of HIV.

S. Jay MacGillivray, R.M. is a member of the small group of Canada's first Registered Midwives and has been midwife and activist-advocate for more than 25 years. She maintains a specific clinical practice focus on people who are marginalized because of HIV/AIDS, substance use, street culture, the sex trade or survival sex, disability, homophobia, transphobia, immigration status, and other systemic barriers to health care access. In 2006 Jay co-founded The Positive Pregnancy Programme with Dr. Mark Yudin at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Known as 'P3', the programme provides comprehensive interdisciplinary pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care to HIV-positive mothers and their babies. In February of this year Jay was honoured with the Casey Award which recognizes individual national excellence in Health-care Innovation, Social Justice and HIV/AIDS.

Kate Shannon is Director of the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative at the BC-Centre for Excellence, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and Associate Faculty in the School of Population and Public Health. She is currently PI of a number of women, sexual health and HIV/STI research and evaluation projects, including An Evaluation of Sex Workers' Health Access (AESHA).

Mark Yudin is Adjunct Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist with a special interest in infectious diseases in women. His clinical and research interests relate to infections during pregnancy.


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