HIV Cure and Research Community Dialogue

“Why we need an HIV cure and how we are trying to get there? Challenges, opportunities and ways forward for Persons Living with HIV”

Date: Friday February 7, 2020

Time: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific Time

Location: Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo

• What would an HIV cure mean to you?
• How does the search for an HIV cure relate to other issues facing Persons Living with HIV?”

Introduction of agenda and speakers, overview of Dialogue objectives/aims
Chad Dickie, CIHR HIV Cure Grant Principal Knowledge User and moderator.


Dr Zabrina Brumme – co-scientific lead of the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Brockman-Brumme Lab, the Director of Laboratory Science for the world-renowned BC Centre for Excellence in HIV (BCCfE) at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, a Scholar with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), and a scientific member of the Pan-American BELIEVE (Bench-to-Bed Enhanced Lymphocyte Infusions to Engineer Viral Eradication) Cure Research Collaboratory.

Brad Jones – PhD Student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Bioinformatics Research Assistant at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE).

Terry Howard – CanCURE (Canadian HIV Cure Research Enterprise), BELIEVE Community Advisory Board (CAB) member, Principal of GlassHouse Consultants (Vancouver), and community-based research (CBR) leader.

Darren Lauscher – Community AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) National Board of Directors, Canadian HIV Trial Network (CTN) Community Advisory Committee (CAC), University of British Columbia (UBC) a founding member of the non-profit Patients in Education in BC, and community-based researcher with the various organizations including the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN).


Clinical Perspective and Peer Sharing

Christine Urquhart – RN, Clinical Nurse AVI Nanaimo HIV Primary Care Clinic: “How might an HIV cure or HIV vaccine impact clinical practice(s)? What, if any, are the potential challenges and opportunities with a development and delivery or a cure from a clinical/treatment perspective?”

Persons Living with HIV (PLWH) Sharing: four personal views on “What an HIV cure would mean to you? What are your hopes for an HIV cure?”

We invite community to learn more about cure research, understand linkages to HIV care and community-based research, and increase awareness of opportunities to contribute their lived experience.


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