K2A Past Events

K2A Past Events

Professional Development Workshop for Canadian Virologists 

Date: March 21 – 23, 2018 
Location: Banff, AB

CAHR and CSIH partnered with the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) on a Professional Development Workshop for Canadian Viral Researchers to advance program and implementation science framework. This workshop targeted mid-career basic and clinical scientists who are engaged in HIV, HCV and other STBBIs research. The meeting was co-chaired by Drs. Curtis Cooper (University of Ottawa) and Susan Richardson (University of Toronto), and brought together two leading Canadian infectious disease based organizations. Topics included grant writing, success in securing funding, mentorship, leadership, knowledge translation, Indigenous research considerations; transference from bench work to bedside; building networks and interaction with media.


Intervention Research and Peer Research Associates in HIV: What's the Connection? 

Date:               February 8, 2018
Time:               9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:         Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) held a workshop focused on including Peer Research Associates (PRAs) in Intervention Research. The meeting was held on February 8, 2018 in Toronto.  The key learning outcomes were to: 1) Produce a short but actionable list of recommendations for practice of including PRAs in Intervention research studies and 2) Improve healthcare systems and practice by engaging patients as partners and focussing on patient-identified priorities


Preparing to Enter the Field: An Advanced Data Collection Skills Workshop 

Date:               February 1 - 2, 2018
Time:               9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location:         Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) held their fourth Data Collection Skill Development Workshop on February 1-2, 2018 in Toronto.  Program science requires solid data which is why this workshop instructed attendees on such things as collecting data using semi-structured interviews, participant observation and survey methods.  


Universities Without Walls – Intervention Science Learning Institute

Date:               January 30 - 31, 2018
Time:               9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:         Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and Universities Without Walls (UWW) hosted a workshop for trainees (PhD, Post-Doc) whose research is focused on implementation science. The meeting was held on January 30-31, 2018 in Toronto.  The meeting brought trainees together with mentors from across Canada to analyze existing HIV treatment interventions and suggest new practices to improve HIV prevention, treatment and care services in Canada.


Community Health Forum: U=U and the Potential Impacts & Limits of HIV Treatment Science

Date:               November 22, 2017
Time:               6:30 – 9:00 pm
Location:         Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON

This event brought attention to U=U and the potential impacts and limits of HIV treatment science. The undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) campaign is an international movement which unites communities of people living with HIV, community-based agencies, health care providers and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The forum unpacked the history and science behind U=U and what the statement means for all people living with HIV in daily life. Speakers included Bruce Richman (Prevention Access Campaign) and Camille Arkell (CATIE), and others participated in a panel discussion. Other funders included: CATIE, ACT, UWW, and OHTN.


Program Science in HIV and HCV

Date:               October 29, 2017
Location:         Ottawa, ON

Session Overview: Program science and related fields such as intervention research and implementation science emphasize research on programming and implementation issues, and the translation of that scientific knowledge into action to improve the population health. No area has a more persistent need for knowledge translation than the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as HIV, HCV and other STBBIs. Program science has evolved as a result of thorough analysis of research and implementation best practices across disciplines and content areas organizing the framework that describes and depicts the high-level processes necessary to move from discovery into action through translation of evidence-based programs, practices, or policies.

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/ltMja5S9XDM 


PrEP Readiness and Accessibility

Date: August 31, 2017 
Location: Toronto, ON 

Session Overview: This research lounge discussed issues surrounding PrEP readiness and accessibility. The article selected was "Use of an HIV-risk screening tool to identify optimal candidates for PrEP scale-up among men who have sex with men in Toronto, Canada: disconnect between objective and subjective HIV research". 

Read more about them event here: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/prep-readiness-and-accessibility/


Sexual Health Resesarch among Gay/Bi/Queer Men 

Date: July 25, 2017 
Location: Toronto, ON

Session Overview: This research lounge discussed participants' experience navigating sexual health services. The article selected was "Sexual Healthcare Preferences among Gay and Bisexual Men: A Qualitative Study in San Francisco, California". 

Read more about the event here: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/sexual-health-research-among-gaybiqueer-men/


HIV in  Indigenous Communities, Reconcilliation, and Health Research 

Date: June 29, 2017 
Location: Toronto, ON 

Session Overview: As part of honouring National Aboriginal Month, this research lounge discussed what Reconciliation means in the context of HIV prevention, treatment and care, and research. The article selected was "Approaching reconciliation: Tips from the field" by Dr. Janet Smylie. 

Read more about the event here: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/hiv-in-indigenous-communities-reconciliation-and-health-research-2/


HIV, Long-Term Survivorship, and Quality of Life 

Date: May 24, 2017 
Location: Toronto, ON 

Session Overview: Do long-term survivors have high quality of life? Where do HIV long-term survivors fit in the 90-90-90 target? This research lounge discussed the quality of life, health and wellbeing among HIV long-term survivors. The article selected was "Beyond viral suppression of HIV - the new quality of life frontier". 

Read more about the event here: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/hiv-long-term-survivorship-and-quality-of-life/ 


Challenges Implementing GIPA/MIPA in HIV Research & Community Organizations 

Date: April 18, 2017 
Location: Toronto, ON 

Session Overview: Why is it so difficult to involve people living with HIV, caregivers and allies as volunteers or activists in the organizations and activites created for them? This research lounge discussed the (perceived) difficulties implementing the GIPA/MIPA principle in HIV research and community organizations. The article selected was "Changing access to mental health care and social support when people living with HIV/AIDS become service providers". 

Read more about the event here: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/challenges-implementing-gipamipa-in-hiv-research-community-organizations/

Being Pragmatic in Getting to the 90-90-90 Targets in Canada

Date:               April 7, 2017
Location:         Montréal, QC

Session Overview: Reaching the 90-90-90 HIV care cascade targets is now a national priority. Health care providers, public health agencies, front-line community-based agencies, researchers, and decision makers across the country are engaged in innovative and pragmatic efforts to support people living with HIV in the HIV care cascade, and to achieve the UNAIDS targets by 2020. This program science plenary showcased work underway in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec to build and scale up monitoring of the HIV care cascade. Presenters shared information about the data platforms and systems evolving to monitor the cascade and about interventions being used to help people living with HIV stay connected to care.

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn-H5-DI8pE