K2A Past Events

K2A Past Events

Special Session

“Reaching the Undiagnosed” in Canada: Action Plan- Leadership and Pragmatic Implementation Solutions

Date: June 25-27, 2018
Location: Delta Grand Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Overview: This workshop focused on supporting and coordinating regional/national efforts to reach those who are undiagnosed with HIV and HCV. Chaired by Dr. Sean Rourke, the meeting brought together 38 attendees/presenters from across Canada hailing from research, government, health authorities, testing companies, community-based organizations and those living with HIV and HCV. The workshop had three main learning objectives:

  • Develop and enhance knowledge about program science and HIV/HCV/STI testing;
  • Develop and support teams to submit CIHR grants in novel HIV / HCV / STI testing methods in future competitions; and
  • Develop and begin to initiate a national implementation strategy for reaching the undiagnosed in Canada.

This workshop was hosted by the Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR) and the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), in partnership the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS, with support from CIHR and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).


4th International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research and Intersectoral Policy Dialogue

Date: June 15-16, 2018 
Location: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON

Translating HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation Interventions into Practice:  Advancing Research, Practice and Policy for Healthy Aging. 


  • To facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) on HIV and rehabilitation research, clinical practice and service delivery, among people living with HIV, researchers, clinicians on HIV, representatives of community organizations, and policy makers internationally;
  • To establish new research and clinical partnerships in HIV and aging internationally; and
  • To foster mentorship and training in HIV and aging research


A Patient Takeover? Integrating Program Science with Community-Based Peer Researchers

Date: April 27, 2018
Time: 07:45 – 09:00
Location: Salons DEF, Grand Ballroom, Lobby Level
Attendance: Open to all CAHR 2018 participants.

Overview: A guided panel interview followed a set of brief presentations which described the pathways of peer researchers and their academic supporters in health intervention research using HIV as a preferred example. Lessons learned were provided on how to support the work of peers, nonprofit organization staff, and the work of new and established health researchers. This work is not only highly technical but also deeply symbolic and political. The speakers answered questions about working with “patient” peer researchers and whether a takeover is in the future. 

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwVcF-8-GMU


New HIV Researcher Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 26th
Time: 08:00 – 16:00
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

The overall goal of the CAHR New HIV Researcher Workshop was to facilitate the career development of aspiring HIV researchers. The workshop fostered the formation of peer networks between new investigators working in related or overlapping areas of research. In addition, a significant portion of the workshop was devoted to mentoring, both through formal presentations by senior scientists followed by discussion, as well as many informal interactions. New investigators were counseled on grant and paper writing, on running a lab/office, and other key components of career development. This skills-based workshop was designed to focus on all four CAHR research tracks (Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Social Sciences).

This annual workshop brought together graduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students/interns/residents, trainees and other new HIV researchers. Following the workshop, an evening social was held so aspiring researchers could network with other new investigators in a fun and informal setting and interact on a more personal level with mentors. As with previous workshops, the 2018 workshop focused on all pillars of HIV research and included such sessions as CIHR 101, Getting Funding for your Research, Grantscrafting, Mentorship, and Career Development.


No Person Left Behind: Setting the agenda for the future of HIV research with ACB communities in Canada 

Date: April 25, 2018 
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC 

Session Overview: The objective of this workshop was to assist African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) Canadians and allied researchers, clincians and service providers in the field of HIV to think through the nuances of conducting ethical and beneficial research with and for ACB communities. This workshop offered a space for stakeholders to assess the unique needs of intersectionally marginalized ACB populations, and where they could network in planning future HIV research projects for ACB peoples in Canada. 


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

Data Collection Skill Development Workshop

Date: April 5, 2017
Location: Montreal, QC

CAHR, the Canadian Society for International Health, and the Universities Without Walls (UWW) partnered on the third Data Collection Skill Development Workshop which aimed to: assist new HIV researchers to identify, anticipate and plan for the challenges they may experience collecting data for their masters, doctoral and/or post-doctoral projects and/or community-based research projects; use real and simulated case examples to explore options for responding to complex methodological and ethical challenges experienced while conducting research; provide an opportunity for each attendee to discuss their own research project that is in the planning stage with experienced researchers; and promote ethical and methodological reflection, and strategies to mitigate harm to communities, throughout the stages of data collection and management. This one-day workshop focussed on five data collection methods used in HIV research: focus group discussions, observation/participant observation/ethnography, semi-structured interviews (in English and French), structured surveys, and arts-based methods.

The session was led and facilitated by Dr. Carol Strike (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto), Dr. Adrian Guta (School of Social Work, University of Windsor), Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco (Ontario HIV Treatment Network), Dr. Sarah Flicker (Environmental Studies, York University), Dr. Kelly O’Brien (Physical Therapy, University of Toronto), and Dr. Marilou Gagnon (School of Nursing, University of Ottawa).