160515--CAHR_Headshots_SMR-PRINT-6 (1)With a membership of more than 2,000 researchers and others interested in HIV research, the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is the leading organization of HIV researchers in Canada. In the coming year, I look forward to working with you to achieve our mandate of promoting excellence in HIV research, fostering collaboration, mentoring the next generation of researchers and supporting knowledge translation.

Of course, CAHR is best known for its annual conference. In 2017, researchers, community members, policy makers and others from coast to coast will come together in Montreal for the 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2017) to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop new ways to treat and prevent HIV.  Over twenty-five years as the gathering place of Canadian HIV research excellence is proud achievement.  However, the fact that HIV remains and issues such as stigma and discrimination still exist indicates that we still have much work to do in the years ahead.

Moving forward, CAHR will be undertaking important work on a number of fronts that will continue to build the organization and address our mandate:

  • offering New Investigator Workshops throughout the year, allowing aspiring researchers to learn from mentors, and enjoy grantscrafting sessions, updates from funders, and skills building sessions;
  • offering support to the HIV community as a whole by running workshops on community-based research, launching additional online learning practicums in CBR and other areas of research, and offering additional community scholarships for those wanting to attend the annual conference; and
  • maintaining its focus on improving communications with its membership.

Driving this agenda will be CAHR’s strategic plan which was developed in consultation with the HIV research community and our key partners: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN); the CHVI Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO); and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).

CAHR is your professional organization and as President, I look forward to working with you over the coming year to address our mandate and serve your needs.


Michael Grant




Dr. Michael Grant
CAHR President