CAHR Canadian Association for HIV Research Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:02:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CAHR 32 32 HCP Travel Awards Competition CROI Results Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:33:56 +0000 HCP Travel Awards Competition Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:55:32 +0000 ]]> World AIDS Day Message – Dec 1, 2015 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:42:50 +0000 Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research was held in Montreal. As continues to this day, the event was hosted by the newly created Canadian Association for HIV Research.  Today, the tradition continues with the Conference having been held in every time zone, from Victoria to St. John’s, over the last three decades. So much has changed over the last quarter century.  Logistically, what started out as a small annual gathering of scientists is now the meeting place for 800-900 Conference goers, made up of researchers from all pillars of research, affected community members, students, policy makers, international delegates, and other interested parties.  On the community front, the face of the epidemic has kept changing, severely impinging on the lives of different, mostly marginalized, populations.  And on the research front, there have been many advances that have made inroads in tackling the disease – from insights into the biomedical complexities of the virus, to the development of advanced clinical approaches to treat HIV, to new and diverse strategies to reduce risks for individuals and communities. While so much has changed, the relevance of CAHR and its annual Conference is a strong as it was some 25 years ago. For example, thousands of new infections occur each year in Canada, and the number of people living with HIV in Canada is rising. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that 70,000 people in Canada were living with HIV at the end of 2011, and there are over 3,000 new infections each year. Globally, more than 36.9 million people – the equivalent of the population of Canada – were living with HIV in 2014, according to the World Health Organization. While so much has been achieved, there is clearly so much more to be done. As we look ahead, CAHR will continue to stay relevant, relying on what has become a hallmark of the association: its members’ enthusiasm, shared commitment, and great willingness to learn from each other.     Michael Grant CAHR President       ]]>