CAHR WORKSHOP SERIES

As a key tenet of CAHR’s mission is to promote education and the development of new researchers, CAHR has expanded its series of workshops. These training sessions are now held in both official languages across Canada throughout the calendar year, covering approaches ranging from biomedical to community-based research. As well, while the workshops were originally tailored to mentor the next generation of HIV researchers, career development has become an important new focus as the breadth and depth of the sessions continues to expand.

CAHR would like to thank its funding partners, without whom this workshop series would not be possible. Funders for the entire 2016 Workshop Series include: the Public Health Agency of Canada; the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Alliance Coordinating Office, the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, and CANFAR.
 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Over the coming months, CAHR will be holding a number of workshop on topics such as: PRA compensation; data collection; program science; and grantscrafting.  Be sure to return to the CAHR training page as more information becomes available.
 

Supporting Peer Research Associates Effectively: A Workshop – Sunday, November 20, 2016 – Toronto, ON

An exciting learning experience for peer researchers & emerging academic researchers

Working with people living with HIV and/or HCV as Peer Research Associates (PRAs) benefits the research teams, the process and the research evidence. But engaging people living with HIV and/or HCV as researchers also comes with the great responsibility of supporting PRAs in specific ways.

This one-day educational and KTE workshop will:

  1. highlight the role of PRAs in the syndemics,
  2. showcase practical support tools and best practices for PRAs, and
  3. explore real life scenarios in which PRAs are supported.

Facilitated by experienced academics, service providers and PRAs, the workshop will provide a broad overview of how, why and when PRAs must be supported in four areas: administrative, financial, emotional and educational.

We have designed this workshop for all research stakeholders; peer researchers and emerging academic researchers will benefit the most. Only those working in HIV and/or HCV research are eligible. All travel and accommodation expenses are covered as well as registration and a two-night hotel stay to attend the OHTN’s conference Endgame: Stopping the Syndemics that drive HIV.
 

Apply Now! Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th

 
For more information contact:
Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco: Director-EDUC@ohtn.on.ca
James Watson: jwatson@ohtn.on.ca

This workshop is supported by:

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

Flipped Conference

The purpose of the Flipped Workshop was to germinate novel ideas with good mentoring over an extended period of time.  At traditional conferences, the most meaningful and lasting connections are often made outside the plenary sessions. New friendships are formed after colleagues bump into each other in hallways, hotel rooms and share libations. Through the Flipped Conference, a conscious effort was made to bring the water cooler conversations up on to the podium

Through this extended format workshop, participants (which were comprised of one academic and one community person affiliated to an organization) were followed up by Program Science and CBR mentors to help them refine one rough but promising “intervention research” idea.  Each team had up to two “Mentoring Calls” from which each team prepared a video outlining their research concept.  In all, seven videos were presented!  The final step was the online live “Community Conversations” where judges selected the three most promising ideas.  Follow-up funding, and even more technical support, will now be given to up to the three winners who had the most promising ideas to turn them into reality.  For more information on the three winners and all the applicants in the Flipped Workshop, please visit http://www.universitieswithoutwalls.ca/the-uww-flipped-workshop-results-are-in/

New Investigator Workshop, May 12, 2016, Winnipeg

Held in conjunction with the 2016 Conference, the 9th annual CAHR Conference New Investigator Workshop brought together nearly 70 new researchers – ranging from Master’s to new researchers — from all research disciplines. The meeting, chaired by Drs. Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital) and Hélène Côté (University of British Columbia), included presentations from leading Canadian HIV researchers and sessions such as getting your grant funded, time management and working with the community. CAHR extends its appreciation to: the Public Health Agency of Canada, Abbvie, CTN, CIHR, CANFAR and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office for their generous support for this meeting.

The University Without Walls: Pan American Experiences of Research and Action, May 9, 2016, Montreal (L’Université hors les murs : expériences panaméricaines de recherche et d’action)

CAHR was pleased to support “The University Without Walls: Pan American Experiences of Research and Action” conference which took place at the University of Quebec in Montreal.  Focusing on the Pan American landscape, the conference brought together researchers and community members to discuss current research projects, examine gaps and opportunities, forge new partnerships, and develop a strategic path forward.  For more information, the workshop report can by found here and the meeting overview at: http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/programme/84/enjeux-recherche/5/C

Visionary Conversation: Is the end of HIV in sight? April 27, 2016, Winnipeg

What is more powerful than a good conversation? CAHR was pleased to support the University of Manitoba’s Visionary Conversation: Can the University of Manitoba’s renowned scientists help us achieve this ambitious goal? Speakers included: Drs. Stephen Moses, Jamie Blanchard, Keith Fowke, Marissa Becker and Ken Kasper. The event will take place at he University of Manitoba’s Robert Schultz Theatre (St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus).

View event poster or visit: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/vp_external/government_community/visionaryconversations/apr2016.html

New and Early Career Investigator Workshop: Career Pathways for Biomedical Scientists, February 4-5, 2016, Toronto, ON

CAHR was proud to partner with the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO) on a New and Early Career Investigator Workshop entitled “Career Pathways for Biomedical Scientists” that was targeted towards individuals with an interest in HIV vaccine research. The aim of this workshop was to identify various career pathways and options for new and early career investigators with an interest in HIV vaccine research and development. The workshop also identified gaps in training to help prepare for non-academic career paths and to provide networking opportunities between new and early career investigators and industry representatives. Over twenty new and early career investigators who are nearing the end of their PhD or Post Doc training attended the workshop which included sessions on landing your first job, internships, identifying career options, preparing for jobs in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, as well as other career development and mentorship opportunities.

Cool, Calm and Collected: CAHR/ Universities Without Walls (UWW) Data Collection Skill Development Workshop, January 21-22, 2016, Toronto, ON

Over 25 students participated in the 2nd annual Data Collection Workshop which was co-chaired by Drs. Carol Strike, Adrian Guta, Kelly O’Brien, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco and Sarah Flicker.

The aspiring HIV/HCV researchers in attendance: learned how to identify, anticipate and plan for the challenges they may experience collecting data for their masters, doctoral and/or post-doctoral projects and/or community-based research projects; used real and simulated case examples to explore options for responding to complex methodological and ethical challenges experienced while conducting research; discussed their own research project that is in the planning stage with experienced researchers; and examined ethical and methodological reflection, and strategies to mitigate harm to communities and their ecology, throughout the stages of data collection and management. Ultimately, the new HIV/HCV researchers were empowered to develop more carefully designed, rigorous and robust graduate student research fellowship and grant applications. CAHR extends its appreciation to CIHR, PHAC, CANFAR, the CHVI ACO and the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) for their support of this meeting.

Global Health Workshop, November 4, 2015, Montreal, QC

The Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR) in partnership with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) held a Global Health Workshop for early and new HIV and HCV investigators as a satellite session of the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Montreal. The meeting was co-chaired by Drs. Marissa Becker (University of Manitoba) and Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital). Those in attendance learned such valuable lessons as: ethics in the global context; grant writing tips; time management; and lived experiences of working abroad. Participants also met one-on-one with leaders in the field during a roundtable mentorship session. CAHR and CSIH would like to extend their appreciation to CIHR, CANFAR, PHAC, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, the National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office, and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases for their generous support for this meeting.

Science Cafe: PrEP, PEP, Undetectable Viral Load, October 14, 2015, Toronto, ON

On October 14th, CAHR and partners held a science café on the topic of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. The café was held in Toronto (Oakham House, Ryerson University) and included presenters from a variety of perspectives. Dr. Darrell Tan from St. Michael’s Hospital described the new understandings of HIV transmission risk, and various methods of reducing the risk of transmission. Bob Leahy from PositiveLite.com spoke about the implications of this research and these new understandings, and how they are understood by people living with/at risk for HIV. Jody Jollimore from the Health Initiative for Men spoke about what this means for organizations providing prevention services, and touched on experiences of those taking PrEP. San Patten, from San Patten and Associates touched upon gender equity and what PrEP and other methods of reducing transmission risk mean for women.

The café was facilitated by Marc-André LeBlanc and over 100 people were in attendance,. CAHR thanks CATIE, the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Public Health Agency of Canada for partnering on this effort. CAHR also extends its thanks to Gilead Sciences for sponsoring the meeting.

North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit VIII: Tackling the Social Drivers of HIV, September 14-16, 2015, Washington DC

CAHR supported scholarships to the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit VIII: Tackling the Social Drivers of HIV (September 14-16, 2015, Washington DC). Attendees also took part in one of four full-day learning institutes, focused on developing a deeper understanding of methodologies, policies, practices and advocacy related to HIV.

Peer Researcher Associate Gathering “The Rise of Peer Researchers: A National Dialogue on Developing Support Standards”, June 22-23, Halifax, NS

CAHR, in partnership with CIHR, hosted a second Community Based Research dialogue session targeting Peer Research Associates. This workshop, titled “The Rise of Peer Researchers: A National Dialogue on Developing Support Standards” was co-chaired by CAHR Council member Terry Howard and Dalhousie University professor Jacquie Gahagan, brought together peer research associates and community research associates in an effort to define and establish uniform Canadian peer research support standards. This workshop — and other CAHR supported efforts over the last year — have led to the creation of “living document” entitled Peer Worker Support Project: Developing Industry Support Standards for Peer Workers Living with HIV that will provide support options for peer workers and those who employ them.

New Investigator Workshop, April 30, 2015, Toronto, ON

Held in conjunction with CAHR Conference 2015, over 60 new researchers – ranging from Master’s to new researchers — from all research tracks attended this full day workshop. Chaired by Drs. Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital) and Marissa Becker (UManitoba), sessions were led by leading Canadian HIV researchers and representatives from research funding organizations. CAHR extends its appreciation to CIHR, PHAC, CANFAR and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office for their generous support for this meeting.

HIV Communications, February 5-6, 2015, Ottawa, ON

This workshop, co-chaired by CAHR Council members Drs. Jonathan Angel (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) and Michael Grant (Memorial University), was targeted to mid-career level researchers who were interested in becoming better communicators. Session topics included: dealing with the media; what is KT?; talking to policy-makers and politicians; demonstrating impact to research funders; writing for a lay audience; and preparing a research talk. This meeting was made possible thanks to support from: the Public Health Agency of Canada; the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Alliance Coordinating Office; the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative; CATIE; and CANFAR.

Science Cafe: HIV/HCV Co-infection: A double whammy!

On December 4th, CAHR and partners held a science café on the topic of HIV/HCV co-infection. The café was held in Ottawa and included presenters from a variety of perspectives: Drs. Curtis Cooper and Crystal Holly (Ottawa Hospital and Regional Hepatitis Program) and Colleen Price, Patient Advocate. The café was part of a continued series of efforts by CAHR to draw attention to the issue of HIV/HCV co-infection.

The café brought attention to the fact that as people with HIV live longer, the complications from HCV and other co-infections have more time to develop. HCV complications (cirrhosis, liver cancer/disease) generally develop over 20-30 years and are among the leading non-AIDS causes of death in HIV co-infected individuals and treatment for each disease is complicated, expensive and has side effects. This poses difficult issues for patients who are living with both HIV and HCV, and greatly impacts which treatments are selected.

The meeting included lively discussion with people living with co-infection, health care providers, researchers and members of the community. Questions and comments were put forth on a variety of topics including: why is there a continued need for more research on HCV?; why are people still getting infected (and the psycho-social reasons behind this)?; the continued effects of stigma and discrimination and its effect on mental health; and exciting new breakthroughs that have led to new treatments for those living with HCV.

CAHR thanks its generous partners for making this workshop possible: the Public Health Agency of Canada, Gilead, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Canadian AIDS Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Society for International Health.

New HIV Researcher Workshop, November 14, 2014, Edmonton, AB

CAHR and partners – the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Alliance Coordinating Office, the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, Janssen and CANFAR – held another successful New HIV Researcher Workshop in Edmonton, Alberta. The meeting, which was co-chaired by Drs. Curtis Cooper (University of Ottawa) and Matthias Götte (University of Alberta), was attended by nearly 50 aspiring HIV, HCV and STBBI researchers from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and from other institutions across Canada.

Peer Researcher Associate Gathering “The Rise of Peer Researchers: A National Dialogue on Developing Support Standards”, June 18th, 2014, Vancouver, BC

CAHR, in partnership with CIHR, held a Community Based Research (CBR) dialogue session entitled “The Rise of Peer Researchers: A National Dialogue on Developing Support Standards”. The Dialogue Session brought together 15 peer research associates and community research associates from across Canada, in both the General and Aboriginal streams of HIV CBR. Focussing on discussing, defining, and establishing peer research support standards, the day long meeting was informed by shared focus group data collected from sessions with peer workers, research “employers” and investigators, and a Cafe Scientifique held in Vancouver over the past six months. The evaluative report resulting from the Gathering will be shared with researchers and community members, as well as interested funders and government agencies, to provide experiential evidence of “what works and what needs to be worked on” regarding the provision of support for peer researchers.

Moving Mountains HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Conference

From June 17-19, CAHR and CIHR partnered with the Pacific AIDS Network to support the Moving Mountains HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Conference in Prince George. The event brought together 50 individuals working on HIV services, health research or whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The event opening featured a welcome to the territory by the Lheidli T’enneh drummers, a keynote talk by Aboriginal health researcher Carrielynn Lund, and a networking reception. The conference included presentations of HIV research from northern BC, workshops geared at building capacity in community-based research (including discussions on peer involvement in research and arts-based methods), and sessions dedicated to identifying research gaps in the north, with the goal of developing a shared agenda for future research. The conference program is available for download at: [http://pacificaidsnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MMprogramfull_web.pdf] Other supporters included the CIHR CBR Collaborative (a program of REACH) and the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS CBR Collaborative Centre.

New Investigator Workshop, May 1, 2014, St. Johns NL.

Held in conjunction with CAHR Conference 2014, nearly 60 new researchers – ranging from Master’s to new researchers — from all research tracks attended this full day workshop. Chaired by Drs. Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital) and Mathias Götte (McGill), sessions were led by leading Canadian HIV researchers and representatives from research funding organizations. CAHR extends its appreciation to the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office for its generous support for this meeting. Please contact CAHR if you would like a copy of the full workshop report.

Cool, Calm and Collected: CAHR/UWW Data Collection Skill Development Workshop, May 4, 2014, St. Johns NL.

Twenty participants from across Canada attended this innovative and targeted workshop. Co-chaired by Carol Strike, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco and Adrian Guta, those in attendance were instructed on collecting data using semi-structured interviews, participant observation and survey methods. For the first half of the day, participants selected from one of three sub-workshops: semi-structured interviews, participant observation or survey methods. For the afternoon, participants selected from two of three advanced topics in data collection – power and context; arts and technology; and/or sensitive data issues – related to community based data collection methods.  View the workshop poster here.

Mid-Career Workshop, March 16-18, 2014, Banff

On March 16-18, 2014, HIV/HCV co-infection researchers attended the CAHR Mid-Career Level HIV Researcher Workshop, held in Banff, Alberta.  This workshop, which was open to HIV/HCV co-infection researchers with 3 to 12 years of experience, was co-chaired by CAHR Council members Drs. Curtis Cooper (Ottawa Hospital), Mathias Götte (McGill) and Carol Strike (University of Toronto).

Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),  the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada, the meeting included such sessions as: how to be a good mentor; tips for being a journal editor; leadership; practical application of statistical analysis; applying for and managing research centres; how to succeed in the new CIHR funding structure; ; and preparing for tenure and promotion.  Additionally those in attendance were afforded the opportunity to network and interact with mentors from the HIV community and other research backgrounds.

For more information, you can request the full workshop report by emailing info@cahr-acrv.ca

New HIV Researcher Workshop – Quebec City (February 7, 2014)

In partnership with the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO), CAHR held a new HIV researcher workshop at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City on February 7, 2014.

The goal of the workshop, as presided over by Dr. Mathieu Götte from the University of McGill and Dr. Michel Tremblay from Laval University, was to provide practical advice to students, trainees and other future HIV researchers. The workshop was well attended with 47 participants, which included several stakeholders from academic and pharmaceutical research. Please contact CAHR if you would like a copy of the full workshop report.

 HIV Community-Based Research (CBR) Partnership Development Workshop – Toronto (Fall 2013)

CAHR and partners hosted a HIV Community-Based Research (CBR) Partnership Development Workshop (November 14-15th, 2013) focusing on areas of interest in Canada’s north. The meeting was organized by the Canadian Association for HIV Research in partnership with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the CIHR CBR Collaborative: A Program of REACH, and the CAAN Aboriginal HIV and AIDS (AHA) CBR Collaborative Centre. With a rising incidence of HIV (and other STBBI) in the North, workshop participants were selected from across this region and provided travel grants to attend the Toronto-based meeting. Presenters were selected from across Canada and were leaders in their respective fields of expertise. Evaluations of the meeting indicated that the goal of this workshop — to bring together all relevant partners to facilitate discussion, build partnerships, and set agendas for future HIV CBR in the North – was clearly met. Please contact CAHR if you would like a copy of the full workshop report.

New Investigator Workshop (Spring 2013)

This skills-based workshop was held in conjunction with the annual CAHR Conference 2013 and was designed to focus on all four CAHR research tracks (Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Epidemiology and Public Health, Social Sciences).  This meeting – held annually at the CAHR’s Conference – brought together over 50 graduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students/interns/ residents, trainees and other new HIV researchers. Following the workshop, an evening social was held so aspiring researchers could network with other new investigators in a fun and informal setting and to interact on a more personal level with mentors.  As with previous workshops, the 2013 CAHR New HIV Researcher Workshop focused on all pillars of HIV research and included such sessions as: CIHR 101; Getting Funding for your Research; Grantscrafting; and Mentorship; and Career Development.  View Workshop Highlights…

Community Based Research (CBR) Workshop (Winter 2013)

Members of community-based ASOs were encouraged to apply to this workshop series to develop the skills necessary for community-based research. Participants prepared their common CV, explored the CIHR CBR Review Process, developed research questions, considered various study design options, and built new skills. Over 25 participants attended the Feb 2013 CBR Workshop. View Workshop Highlights…

New Investigator Workshop (Fall 2012)

Over 50 participants attended the Fall Workshop. More information…

New Investigator Workshop (Spring 2012)

Over 60 participants attended the 2012 CAHR New HIV Researcher Workshop 2012, held on April 19 in Montreal.