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Quebec City (September 17, 2019) — The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is pleased to announce the co-chairs for the 29th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2020). Co-chairing the 2020 Conference will be Dr. Marie-Louise Vachon (Clinical professor, Division of Infectious Diseases at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de l’Université Laval (CHUL) du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHU de Québec)) and Dr. Gary Kobinger (Professor and Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre at the Université Laval).
“We are honoured that Drs. Kobinger and Vachon have taken on this important role and are looking forward to bringing the Conference back to Quebec City once again” said CAHR President Dr. Carol Strike (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto). “We look forward to learning from the many people and organizations making a difference in Quebec”.
“This is going to be a fabulous venue to improve our understanding of critical issues surrounding HIV/AIDS from the basic research, clinical, societal and public health arenas locally, nationally and internationally” said Drs. Kobinger and Vachon.
Taking place April 30-May 3, 2020 in Quebec City, the annual Conference is the premier gathering in Canada for those working in all disciplines of HIV/AIDS research, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
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It is estimated that 34 million people are living with HIV. In Canada, HIV remains a pressing issue with an estimated 2,300 to 4,300 new infections each year, with certain populations over-represented in the epidemic. Over 70,000 Canadians are currently living with HIV, and many more are at risk of being infected.
The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is the professional organization for HIV/AIDS research in Canada and by Canadians. CAHR is composed of researchers in all disciplines of HIV/AIDS science, for the purpose of improving prevention and treatment with an ultimate goal of eradication and cure. The annual CAHR conference is the premier gathering in Canada for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. www.cahr-acrv.ca