News & Updates

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:

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 :

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:

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: 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: .

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:

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:

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:

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 website

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:

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: