British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact

Since 1992, the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has been providing care and treatment for those living with HIV. Its influence stretches from the molecule to the community, from work on clinical trials of HIV drugs to educating health care professionals throughout the province to promoting evidence-based policy to help protect people from contracting the virus.

Undertaking, monitoring and sharing the latest research and treatment programs for HIV/AIDS is another way the Centre is a key resource for the 13,000 British Columbians who are living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS continues to be a major challenge confronting the health care system. In B.C. alone, 350 people are newly infected with HIV every year, while more than 75,000 Canadians currently live with the virus.

The Centre’s impact isn’t limited to the province, however. Researchers affiliated with the Centre were at the forefront of establishing Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy as the international standard of care, and to date, the Centre’s clinical and research staff have published more than 450 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The prize will be accepted on behalf of the Centre by its director, Dr. Julio Montaner, past President of the International AIDS Society.

Learn more: British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

The CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact is awarded to an individual or team for health research with a proven impact on health outcomes, practices, policies, and/or on the health system.

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