Division of AIDS

From its inception in 2007, the Division of AIDS has worked collaboratively with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) (est. 1992) and the AIDS Research Program at St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC (est. 1988). Our divisional members are involved in various areas of research which are highlighted as follows.

The AIDS Research Program (ARP) continues to actively investigate the following areas of interest through its participation in clinical trials and observational cohort studies:

  • Optimizing use of investigational and new antiretroviral agents
  • Antiretroviral treatment simplification
  • Optimal management of treatment-experienced patients with drug-resistant HIV
  • Pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral drugs and interactions with concomitant medications
  • Impact and management of:
    • complications of antiretroviral therapy e.g. nephrotoxicity, osteopenia/osteoporosis
    • co-infections e.g. viral hepatitis B and C
    • other comorbidities e.g. neurocognitive dysfunction, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease

The BC-CfE, under Dr. Montaner’s direction, continues to work on expanding access to HIV/AIDS drugs to the street-involved population in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and Prince George (aka “STOP HIV/AIDS” - Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS). This project aims to increase HAART coverage among eligible HIV-positive individuals. Ongoing monitoring of the impact of such HAART expansion on HIV incidence, as well as AIDS morbidity and mortality over several years will be critical to inform the ongoing debate surrounding the potential effectiveness of treatment as prevention strategies. This work is supported in part by the Provincial Government and an Avant Garde Award from the National Institute for Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

Contact Information
Division of AIDS
Room 667, 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-806-8036
Fax:  604-806-8527

Dr. Julio Montaner, MD, Professor and Division Head


Julio Gonzalez-Montaner, MD, Professor

P. Richard Harrigan, PhD, Professor
Evan Wood, MD, PhD, Professor
Thomas Kerr, PhD, Associate Professor
David Moore, MDCM, MHSc, Associate Professor
Kate Shannon, PhD, Associate Professor
Kathleen Deering, PhD, Assistant Professor
Viviane Dias Lima, PhD, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Joy, Assistant Professor
Ryan McNeil, Assistant Professor
Michael-John Milloy, PhD, Assistant Professor
Arthur Poon, PhD, Assistant Professor
Marjorie Robbins, Assistant Professor
Liangping (Mint) Ti, Assistant Professor
Mark W. Hull, MD, MHSc, Clinical Assistant Professor
Seonaid Nolan, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Ms. Kelly Hsu, Administrator

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