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Canadian HIV/AIDS Pharmacists Network (CHAP) Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date: Wednesday, May 11

Time: 07:30 – 17:00

Host: Canadian HIV/AIDS Pharmacists Network (CHAP)

Attendance: Pharmacists attending CAHR 2016 are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration required.  Please email Dr. Natalie Dayneka CHAP Chair 2015-2016 at ndayneka@cheo.on.ca

 
The Annual General Meeting of CHAP consists of a combination of education, practice sharing and business discussion (including ongoing CHAP business and research projects). Pharmacists attending CAHR 2016 are welcome to attend, although the voting at the business portion of the meeting is reserved for working group members only. There are usually approximately 25 people in attendance and all details of the meeting are relayed via the CHAP network list-serve.

 


International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research – HIV and Aging

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 08:00 – 16:00

Hosts: Canada-United Kingdom HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CUHRRC) in collaboration with the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) and CAHR.

 

Attendance: The Forum is open to all conference attendees. Click here to pre-register. Registration is free. Registration is limited.

The aim of the Forum is to facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange on HIV, aging and rehabilitation research, to establish new partnerships in HIV and aging, and to identify new and emerging research priorities in the field.

The Forum will include a series of dynamic and interactive research evidence panel sessions focused on HIV, aging and multi-morbidity, rehabilitation interventions and models of service delivery.  The Forum will include people living with HIV, researchers, clinicians, and representatives from community organizations from Canada, the UK, and the US who will speak about a) the role for rehabilitation in the context of HIV, aging and multi-morbidity, b) profile innovative models of rehabilitation service delivery, c) highlight concrete strategies for enhancing access to rehabilitation, and d) identify new and emerging research priorities in the field. Click here to view the Program at a Glance.

For more information, please contact Ayesha Nayar (CUHRRC Coordinator) at cuhrrc@utoronto.ca.

Acknowledgements: The 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research is funded by a Planning and Dissemination Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CUHRRC acknowledges the generous support from the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) (www.hivandrehab.ca).

 


CHVI ACO Annual Meeting – HIV Vaccine Research and Development in Canada: How Vaccines Fit within the Prevention Landscape

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 08:00 – 16:00

Hosts: Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO)

Attendance: The meeting is open to all CAHR 2016 conference attendees. To register for this event please follow the link below or email the ACO at aco@icid.com.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/acoannualmeeting2016

 
The goal of this event is to provide a forum for HIV vaccine research and development stakeholders to identify and share their achievements, challenges and needs as part of Canada’s effort to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine within a changing prevention landscape. The main objectives of the meeting are to 1). Highlight the achievements of Canadian scientists in HIV vaccine research and development; 2). Identify the challenges faced by Canadians when working on HIV vaccine candidates and 3). Identify what Canadians need to support ongoing HIV vaccine and prevention research and development efforts. There will be a facilitated discussion around the role of HIV vaccines in the changing prevention landscape as well as opportunities to discuss the future of HIV vaccine research and development in Canada. There will also be opportunities for dialogue during three panel discussions (HIV Vaccine Research; HIV Vaccine Development and HIV Vaccine Program Science) as well as informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch. The list of presenters includes Ralph Pantophlet from Simon Fraser University, Kelly MacDonald from the University of Manitoba, Peter Newman from the University of Toronto, Chil-Yong Kang from Western University, Michael McLean from Plantform, Yegor Voronin from the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise and Robert Reinhard among others.

 


Mobilizing Across Canada to Build Effective Responses to HIV in African, Caribbean and Black Communities

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 08:30 – 12:00

Hosts: Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African, Caribbean Network (CHABAC)

Attendance: Open to all Conference Attendees. Participants should RSVP to Shayna Buhler, sbuhler@icad-cisd.com

 
This event will bring together community members, people living with and affected by HIV, researchers and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue around community needs, common areas of work and emerging issues in the HIV response in African, Caribbean and Black communities.

The session will include a panel presentation followed by a discussion. Topics of presentations and discussion will include:

  • Community engagement in HIV prevention
  • Expanding HIV prevention approaches: Issues specific to African, Caribbean and Black populations in Canada
  • CHABAC’s role in integrating expanding HIV prevention knowledge into ACB Programming

 


Engage Team Meeting 2016

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 09:30 – 16:00

Hosts: Engage Study Team

Attendance: Attendance at the Engage Team meeting will be by invitation and include the Engage Team investigators, knowledge users, collaborators, and research staff. Attendees who are already members of the Engage Team will have already received an email from Len Tooley, the National Team Coordinator, asking them to pre-register.  Any trainee who is not a member of the Engage Team whose focus is on MSM and HIV prevention can email the National Team Coordinator at lentooley@ryerson.ca to ask if there are any additional trainee slots available.

 
This ancillary event will be the 2nd annual Engage Team meeting. The event will be start with a 3-hour half-day focused on research methods and KTE when working with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.  This event with focus on training and research capacity building for the Engage Team trainees, new investigators, and community members.  The second 3 hours of the meeting will be a larger Engage Team meeting for the entire Team.

At this meeting, we will discuss:

  1. Progress made to date on data collection
  2. How team members can submit a concept sheet for a collaboration with the larger study
  3. Proposing study ideas from the large study (e.g., a future paper on a given analysis)
  4. Developing new grant proposals to follow up with study ideas
  5. HIV prevention interventions to pilot or test based upon current research
  6. Building further capacity for MSM research in Canada

 


PrEP in the Context of Sex Work: Possibilities and limitations

Dates: Thursday, May 12

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Host: Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of B.C.

Attendance: The meeting is a closed meeting, invite only. Attendees will be sex workers or Allies from across Canada.

 
The HIV Social, Behavioural and Epidemiological Studies Unit at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto in partnership with the Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of B.C. is in receipt of funding from the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to hold a closed, invite-only meeting to discuss and plan for PrEP in the context of sex work.

In collaboration with Sunshine House, Winnipeg, the meeting will bring together individuals from across Canada, with experience in sex work, to learn about PrEP and to discuss the capacity and research needs of sex workers in Canada with regards to PrEP.

 


CIHR Implementation Science Component 1 Grantees Workshop

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

Hosts: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Attendance: This will be a closed event and is limited to the successful recipients of a CIHR funding opportunity.

 
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) HIV/AIDS Research Initiative and its Federal Initiative partners (Correctional Service Canada, Health Canada _ First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and the Public Health Agency of Canada), developed an HIV Implementation Science initiative in order to address the gap that exists in the application of evidence into health policy and programs. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the incidence of HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV) and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) within and across key populations in Canada. Component 1 – Adaptation Grants will support the development of multi-sectoral teams, identification of promising or effective interventions and the development of multi-faceted programs through intervention adaptation.

One researcher and one knowledge user from each team will attend this workshop hosted by CIHR and partners.

The goals of the workshop include:

  1. Providing an opportunity for participants to present their project plans to other grantees; and
  2. Interacting with other project teams and facilitating synergies and potential new collaborations.

CIHR will work with the participants to develop the agenda.

 


Transforming Canada’s Approach to Drugs: A National Conversation

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: 13:00 – 16:00

Hosts: Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/519/Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

Attendance: Open to all Conference attendees. Click here to register!

 
This is a critical time in Canada for the development of a comprehensive drug policy based in science, public health and human rights. It is also an important moment in International drug policy.

This CAHR ancillary session will consider the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs that will have just taken place in New York April 19 – 21, 2016. The UNGASS will set in motion a process to review the global response to drugs over the next three years 2016 – 2019. This coincides with the federal government contemplating a new national drug strategy. With a renewed interest in innovation and new approaches to drugs at the federal level there is an opportunity to accelerate the development of a comprehensive health and human rights response to drugs in Canada and to provide leadership in the upcoming global discussions within the UN system post-UNGASS. The session will explore 1. Canada’s role in reforming the international drug control system, 2. Building a comprehensive health and human rights approach with a focus on decriminalization and regulation of drugs.

Objectives:

  1. Learn about the outcomes of the UNGASS meeting that takes place April 19 – 21, 2016.
  2. Explore two components of a public health and human rights approach to drugs – decriminalization and regulation of drugs.

 


Manitoba HIV Collective Impact Research, Evaluation & Action Network – Networking Breakfast

Date: Saturday, May 14

Time: 07:30 – 08:45

Hosts: Manitoba HIV Program and the MB CBR-HIV Collaborating Centre

Attendance: Pre-registration is required as space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Laurie Ringaert (lringaert@ninecircles.ca)

 
Come join us for a free networking breakfast event at CAHR hosted by the Manitoba HIV Program and the MB CBR-HIV Collaborating Centre. This event is a great way for CAHR delegates who are Manitoba researchers, evaluators, community-based organizations, policy-makers, community members, indigenous groups and others to network, exchange ideas and build collaborations & partnerships. Join us as we continue to build the Manitoba HIV Collective Impact Research, Evaluation & Action Network.

 


Canadian AIDS Society – Forum, Members’ Caucus and Annual Meeting

Dates: May 16-18

Host: Canadian AIDS Society

Attendance: By invitation only.

 
This year the Canadian AIDS Society is pleased to host its Forum, Members’ Caucus and Annual Meeting as an ancillary CAHR event in Winnipeg between May 16-18, 2016. Both events provide an opportunity to share information, discuss new ideas, contribute to policy development and renew acquaintances.

May 16, 2016: People Living with HIV Forum: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The PLWHIV Forum (Forum) of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is intended to be a means to enable people living with HIV (PLWHIV) to participate in creating the vision for their future. Open exclusively to PLWHIV, the Forum offers an excellent opportunity to network with others from across Canada and to set priorities for the community-based AIDS movement.

Delegates of the Forum will elect their regional PLWHIV Directors to any vacant positions on the CAS Board. In addition, resolutions arising from the Forum are sent to the Board of Directors to help advise and guide the ongoing work of the Canadian AIDS Society. All delegates are encouraged to run for any vacant PLWHIV position on the Canadian AIDS Society’s Board of Directors.

May 17, 2016: Members’ Caucus: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Members’ Caucus follows on May 16. This meeting is open to any delegates of CAS members and associate organizations.

May 18, 2016: CAS Annual Meeting: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Canadian AIDS Society’s Annual Meeting (AM) is open to all delegates as well as the general public. It is an excellent opportunity to network with delegates of the 80+ member and associate organizations of CAS, and to review the strategic direction of, and set priorities for, the community-based AIDS movement in Canada.

Please visit www.cdnaids.ca for registration and scholarship process.