Dr. Alexandra de Pokomandy is a family physician specialized in HIV care, practicing at the Chronic Viral Illness Service of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) – Glen site. She is also an Assistant Professor at McGill University, in the department of Family Medicine, where she teaches in the graduate program. She completed a Doctorate in Medicine at McGill University (2001), a Residency in Family Medicine at Université de Montréal (2003), a Post-Doctoral fellowship in HIV research with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (2007) and a MSc in Epidemiology at McGill University (2009). Before joining the MUHC, she also worked at the HIV Service of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (2003-2009). Dr de Pokomandy is a past recipient of a CAHR Young Investigator Award (2008), a FRQS Clinical Research Scholarship Junior 1 (2011), and most of her research projects are funded by CIHR and FRQS. Her main research interests are in prevention of cancers related to human papillomavirus (HPV) and improvement of primary care for people living with HIV, particularly women and men having sex with men. Her work as a clinician and researcher aims to recognize patient health concerns and make improvements to clinical practices that will benefit people living with HIV.
Dr. Hugo Soudeyns obtained his PhD from McGill University in 1997, where he studied under the supervision of Dr. Mark A. Wainberg and Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sékaly. He completed additional training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (1994-1995) and the University of Lausanne (1996-1999). In 2000, he was recruited at the Research Center of Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montreal, where he leads a team of investigators whose work is focussed on mother-to-child transmission of viral pathogens, including HIV and hepatitis C virus. Since 2012, Dr. Soudeyns is also Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Infectiology & Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of Université de Montréal, with a cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. He is heavily involved in the development of multidisciplinary training programs in microbiology and in the mentorship of young investigators. Dr. Soudeyns received a CAHR Young Investigator Award (1996), as well as a Postdoctoral Research Scholarship and Research Scholar Awards from FRQS. He currently leads a large pan Canadian study on early treatment and long-term remission in HIV-infected children and adolescents that was funded by CIHR, CANFAR, and the IAS.