News & Updates

Recent Publication: “Disability and self-care living strategies among adults living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic” 
Posted on 2021-11-22

We encourage you to check out this new open access publication in AIDS Research and Therapy, which provides an understanding of disability and self-care strategy use among adults living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article can be accessed at: https://aidsrestherapy.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12981-021-00413-4.

The PDF can be directly accessed at: https://rdcu.be/cBGbg.

Congratulations to the research team for all their efforts and contributions to this research!

Upcoming HIV in Motion Community of Practice Session – November 2
Posted on 2021-10-23

The final HIV in Motion Community of Practice (CoP) session of 2021 is quickly approaching! On November 2 at 12-2PM EDT, a fabulous group of speakers will be discussing “Mindfulness, Physical Exercise & HIV”. Speakers include:

  • HIV in Motion Ambassador: Glen Bradford (Manager Peer Navigation Services, AIDS Vancouver)
  • Community Based Support: Weam Charafeddine (ASAAP member)
  • Dr. Graeme Donald (Lecturer in Nursing, University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr. Kelly Birtwell (Primary Care Research, University of Manchester, UK)

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/HIVinMOTIONcOpNov2_2021

The HIV in Motion CoP sessions take place quarterly and welcomes persons living with HIV, community leaders, academics, students, researchers, and practitioners, both clinical and organizations interested in physical activity and exercise. You can join to listen in, to share your work and views, and to support others.

For more information or to join HIV in Motion, contact our Engagement Coordinator, George Da Silva at george.dasilva@utoronto.ca.  Also, feel free to check the HIV in Motion website: http://bit.ly/HIVinMOTIONsite.

We hope to see you on November 2!

Final Webinar in The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Chronic Pain and HIV: Research, Capacity Building and Knowledge Translation Webinar Series
Posted on 2021-10-13

CIHRRC is looking forward to the third and final webinar in The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Chronic Pain and HIV: Research, Capacity Building and Knowledge Translation Webinar Series.

This webinar series explores the bio-psychosocial impacts of chronic pain among people living with HIV, and topics such as measurements, pain management, and wellness. People living with HIV, researchers, and chronic pain experts facilitate sessions designed to train researchers and community members to foster new research questions, priorities, and projects on chronic pain and HIV in Canada. A large proportion of people living with HIV also live with chronic pain. There is a great need for research in the field. In addition to raising awareness and sharing knowledge on chronic pain among people living with HIV, the goal of the webinar series is to advance this research agenda within the CTN and in Canada; to attract researchers, trainees, and community members to the field; and to promote the creation of new, diverse research teams. Interested individuals may join research subcommittees post webinar.

The third webinar of the series focuses on physiotherapy and models of care. Carolann Murray, Dr. Kelly O’Brien and Kyle Vader will present “Episodic Disability, Chronic Pain, and Physiotherapy: Advancing Models of HIV Care” on October 28, 2021 at 11am-1pm PT/ 2-4pm ET. 

The webinar is free and registration can be completed at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/178863033147

If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please contact Mina Kazemi at mina.kazemi@wchospital.ca

 

Webinar Speaker Bios: 

Carolann Murray, PT, Casey House, Toronto, Ontario

Carolann has been working as a registered physiotherapist for over 32 years in rehabilitation with complex populations. She has practiced in a multitude of clinical settings including: acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, community clinics and private practice. Carolann has worked in Canada and New Zealand. For the last three years she have been the physiotherapist for the day health program at Casey House Hospital. Casey House, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, provides inpatient and outpatient care for people living with HIV. Carolann works collaboratively with a large inter-disciplinary outpatient team including nurses, registered massage therapists, recreational therapists and social workers. Carolann sees clients on a one-to-one basis and she has designed and implemented an exercise class, now running virtually, in collaboration her physiotherapy colleague. In addition to the exercise classes Carolann started a Nordic pole walking group. Their newest program is an online chronic pain management module.

Carolann is involved in several research projects touching upon various topics including: the role of physiotherapy for people living with HIV in a community based setting, clients’ experiences with the exercise class at Casey House and the evaluation of a patient reported outcome measure the HIV Disability Questionnaire. The focus of Carolann’s practice is to help people living with HIV improve their quality of life through movement and exercise. Carolann recognizes that physical activity and exercise have a positive impact on physical health, mental health and helps decrease social isolation.

Kyle Vader, PT, PhD Candidate

Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist in an interprofessional chronic pain clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His research focuses on improving the quality of care and health outcomes of people living with chronic muscle, bone, and joint pain. He holds multiple leadership positions, including as Institute Advisory Board member for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Kelly O’Brien, PhD, PT

Kelly is a physiotherapist and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Toronto. Kelly’s research is focused in the area of episodic disability, chronic disease and rehabilitation, specifically characterizing the episodic nature of disability experienced by people aging with chronic disease, and examining the implementation of community-based rehabilitation interventions to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic disease. Kelly co-founded the Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC) (https://cihrrc.ca), an international network of over 100 stakeholders with an interest in addressing research priorities and translating evidence in HIV and rehabilitation research.

Kelly, Kyle and Carolann are collaborating on various research projects involving HIV and rehabilitation.

New Publication – “Examining the impact of a community-based exercise intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and physical activity among adults living with HIV: A three-phased intervention study”
Posted on 2021-09-27

CIHRRC is excited to share a new research article looking at the impact of a community-based exercise (CBE) intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and physical activity among adults living with HIV.  Authors concluded that adults living with HIV who engaged in a six-month CBE intervention demonstrated inconclusive results in relation to V̇O2peak, and potential improvements in other outcomes of cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and self-reported physical activity.

The complete open access publication in PLOS ONE can be accessed at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0257639

Registration Open for the 3rd Canadian HIV & Aging Symposium and Community UnConference – HIV and Aging WELL: WE Live & Learn Together
Posted on 2021-09-16

Registration is now open for the 3rd Canadian HIV & Aging Symposium and Community UnConference – HIV and Aging WELL: WE Live & Learn Together!  The virtual symposium (October 4 & 5) will feature a diverse group of esteemed speakers and panelists, each with a unique perspective on the intersection of HIV and aging. The one-day virtual “UnConference” (October 14) for older adults living with HIV in Canada will make space for socializing with peers, skills-building workshops, and self-care activities. Participation in these fully bilingual (English/French) events is free and all who are interested are welcome to attend. To register, visit: https://www.realizecanada.org/en/3rd-canadian-hiv-aging-symposium-and-hiv-aging-unconference/

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes pour le 3e Symposium canadien sur le VIH et le vieillissement et à la Unconférence communautaire — Bien vieillir avec le VIH : Vivre et apprendre ensemble. Le symposium virtuel (4 et 5 octobre) mettra en vedette un groupe diversifié de conférenciers et de panélistes, dont chacun offrira une perspective unique sur l’intersection du VIH et du vieillissement. L’« Unconférence » virtuelle d’une journée (14 octobre) pour les personnes âgées vivant avec le VIH au Canada créera un espace de socialiser avec des pairs, les ateliers de perfectionnement des compétences et les activités autothérapeutiques. La participation à ces événements entièrement bilingue (anglais/français) est gratuite et toutes les personnes intéressées sont bienvenues.  Pour vous inscrire, visitez : https://www.realizecanada.org/fr/3e-symposium-canadien-sur-le-vih-et-le-vieillissement-and-unconference-sur-le-vih-et-le-vieillissement/

Upcoming Online HIV in Motion Community of Practice Session on HIV, Cognition & Exercise
Posted on 2021-09-04

CIHRRC is proud to promote the upcoming online HIV in Motion Community of Practice (CoP) session with a focus on HIV, Cognition & Exercise, which is taking place on September 14th2021 from 12-2pm EDT. Registration is available at: https://forms.office.com/r/gAcqnXjpJS.

The great group of panelists for this session include:

    • Dr. Jaime Vera, Assistant Professor in HIV Medicine at the Department of Global Health and Infection, Brighton and Sussex Medical School;
    • Dr. Adria Quigley, McGill University, Gilead/CTN Postdoctoral Fellow and Yoga Guru; and
    • Heads Up, Community Based expert

The HIV in Motion CoP is open to people living with HIV, academics, students, researchers, and practitioners, both clinical and organizations interested in physical activity and exercise.

If you missed any of the previous CoP sessions, which are hosted up to four times a year, you can listen to the Podcasts by clicking on ‘Event Recordings 2020-2021’ on our main website: http://bit.ly/HIVinMOTIONsite. We look forward to seeing you on September 14th!

CIHRRC endorsing Workshop on Healthy Aging with HIV!
Posted on 2021-06-28

CIHRRC is proud to be endorsing the Workshop on Healthy Living with HIV 2021 organized by the Virology Education and the European AIDS Treatment Group.

This annual workshop is designed to build a community of HIV-treating expert care providers focusing on promoting a full and healthy life for all patients. Concentrating not only on viral suppression like most other HIV conferences, this meeting encourages clinical and community settings where all treatment decisions are considered to optimize health for PLWH throughout their lifetime.

Join this program from 1-2 October 2021 and contribute towards building a community of HIV-treating expert clinicians focusing on promoting a full and healthy life for all PLWH! The Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is August 30 2021.

To register for the Workshop on Healthy Living with HIV or to submit an abstract to the workshop, please visit: https://academicmedicaleducation.com/healthy-living-hiv-2021 .

New CIHRRC E-Update Spring 2021 – Launched!
Posted on 2021-06-14

The 12th International Workshop on HIV and Aging will be held virtually on September 23 and 24, 2021. This workshop will be an opportunity to present and discuss the latest biological knowledge and strategies that may improve the future of people aging with HIV.

If you would like to submit an abstract, the abstract deadline is Friday June 25, 2021.  The workshop accepts abstracts that have been presented at previous conferences.  Information about abstract submission can be found here: https://academicmedicaleducation.com/hiv-aging-2021?tab=4

New CIHRRC E-Update Spring 2021 – Launched!
Posted on 2021-05-14

CIHRRC is pleased to launch our most recent Spring 2021 E-Update! A lot has happened over the past year and we are excited to share all the work CIHRRC members have been doing!

This Spring 2021 E-Update introduces the new CIHRRC members, and features the latest research, updates and knowledge translation events. Browse our Spring 2021 E-Update here: CIHRRC-E-Update_Spring-2021-FINAL-CIRCULATED-REVISED-May-13-2021.

Strengths and Challenges of Implementing Physiotherapy in an HIV Community-Based Care Setting – Published!
Posted on 2020-03-31

Congrats to Kyle Vader (PhD Candidate, Physiotherapist and CIHRRC Member) and the co-authorship team on their recent publication Strengths and Challenges of Implementing Physiotherapy in an HIV Community-Based Care Setting: A Qualitative Study of Perspectives of People Living with HIV and Healthcare Providers” in the Journal of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. 

This research describes the strengths and challenges of implementing a physiotherapy program at a interprofessional HIV day health program in Toronto, Canada. Click here to check out the open access publication: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2325958221100562

CIHRRC Launches a New Website!
Posted on 2020-03-16

Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC) Launches a New Website. Click here to access: https://cihrrc.ca

CIHRRC is an international research collaborative that includes people living with HIV, researchers, clinicians, representatives from community-based HIV service organizations, and policy stakeholders with an interest in HIV and rehabilitation research. The Collaborative was established in 2009 as a partnership among researchers, clinicians, community members and organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), originally referred to as the Canada-United Kingdom (UK) HIV and Rehabilitation Research collaborative (CUHRRC).

Since its inception, the Collaborative has expanded to include over 100 members from countries whereby individuals living with HIV experience similar types of issues related to disability and rehabilitation.
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, is a founding partner and collaborator of CIHRRC and the CIHRRC International Forums on HIV and Rehabilitation Research.

Special thanks to Gay Men’s Health Collective for leading the website re-development!

Click here to access the new websitehttps://cihrrc.ca

For more details on the evolution of CIHRRC as an international research collaborative, see the following: O’Brien KK, Solomon P, Ibáñez-Carrasco F, Chegwidden W, McDonnell E, Brown D, Harding R, Bergin C, Worthington C, Tattle S, Baxter L. Evolution of an international research collaborative in HIV and rehabilitation: community engaged process, lessons learned, and recommendations. Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action. 2018;12(4):395-408.
For more information about CIHRRC, please contact: kelly.obrien@utoronto.ca.

Experiences of People Living with HIV in Community-Based Exercise: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study – Published!
Posted on 2020-03-01

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Manuscript Experiences of People Living with HIV in Community-Based Exercise: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study’ published in the Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care by CIHRRC Members Patty Solomon, Kelly O’Brien, Soo Chan Carusone, Aileen Davis and Rachel Aubry!

This manuscript is the first to come out of the CIHR Funded Community-Based Exercise (CBE) Study and highlights the strengths of a community exercise program such as ability to improve confidence and motivation through a personal fitness coach, as well as the concerns of implementing a CBE intervention including stigma and episodic health challenges with HIV.

See the open access manuscript here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2325958221995344