With a membership of more than 1,000 researchers and others interested in HIV research, the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is the leading organization of HIV/AIDS researchers in Canada. CAHR is the organizing body for the Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR Conference).  CAHR encourages Canadian researchers to be leaders in knowledge translation and to effectively respond both to the Canadian and global HIV/AIDS epidemics. Since its founding in 1991, CAHR has promoted excellence in HIV research, including mentorship and career development of investigators entering the field. CAHR fosters collaboration and co-operation among HIV research communities, including basic, clinical and social sciences, epidemiology and public health. CAHR also engages people living with HIV/AIDS and AIDS service organizations in ongoing dialogue and information exchange to ensure that HIV/AIDS research remains responsive to the epidemic and its stakeholders. CAHR is a registered charity.

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The CAHR logo symbolizes the complex and all-encompassing nature of HIV/AIDS research. The dots that comprise the right half of the circle represent the wide range of disciplines and approaches that make up HIV/AIDS research, including basic science, clinical science, population health, the social sciences and communities/advocates. The circle itself represents the inter-connectedness of all these disciplines and the importance of cooperation and collaboration to achieving our goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS. The maple leaf in the centre of the circle represents Canada and the important contributions Canadian researchers have made in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. In addition, the leaf transitions from primarily light to primarily dark, representing the journey from ignorance to knowledge about HIV/AIDS over the past decades thanks to the outcomes of research. CAHR is proud to continue to play a role in this journey.