News & Updates

Upcoming Special Session on HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation at the CAHR 2016 Conference (May 2016)
Posted on 2015-08-11

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), CWGHR and CUHRRC were successful at obtaining a CIHR Planning Grant with the Institute for Aging to conduct a Special Session on HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation at the upcoming Canadian HIV Conference (CAHR) in Winnipeg in May 2016 (

This also provides an opportunity for a 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research hosted in collaboration with CAHR.

Stay tuned for more information to come!

The 15th European AIDS Conference-October 21-24, 2015
Posted on 2015-08-10

The 15th European AIDS Conference (EACS) will occur in Barcelona from October 21-24, 2015. Members of CUHRRC and RHIVA will be involved in an invited special session on HIV and rehabilitation entitled: Living Well When Living Longer: HIV and Rehabilitation on Friday October 23rd.

CUHRRC Member Richard Harding (UK) and Colleagues Published in The Lancet HIV
Posted on 2015-08-10

Richard Harding and colleagues recently published an article on their intervention trial entitled ‘Nurse-led Palliative Care for HIV-Positive Patients Taking Antiretroviral Therapy in Kenya: A Randomised Controlled Trial.’

Richard and his colleagues designed an intervention entitled the Treatment Outcomes in Palliative Care (TOPCare) trial. Authors found that a simple training programme in the principles and practice of palliative care that was delivered to existing HIV outpatient nurses significantly improved quality of life, psychosocial problems, and psychiatric morbidity. Results offer a promising model for health services around the world that will face an
increasing patient load with such problems.

The paper is accessible here:

Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation
Posted on 2015-08-10

On Monday June 15th, 2015, Kelly O’Brien was presented the Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation during a reception following the CWGHR Annual General Forum. To view more information about the award, visit the website:

A Call to Identify All Canadians conducting Research on HIV and Rehabilitation/Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa
Posted on 2015-04-30

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking all Canadian researchers who have conducted research within the last 5 years (i.e. since 2010) in Sub-Saharan Africa on (1) HIV and (2) disability or rehabilitation.

    • By “research”, we mean all forms of research, including monitoring and evaluation activities.
    • By “disability” or “rehabilitation”, we are referring to the World Health Organization’s view of disability as any impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction (WHO, ICF, 2001), and rehabilitation as any activity, programme or process that addresses these forms of disability.

What are we asking you to do?

We would like you to provide us with the (1) title, (2) team leads, and (3) research team members for each project that meets the criteria (i.e., HIV and rehabilitation/disability in Sub-Saharan Africa).  You can provide this information in one of three ways:

Why are we doing this?

This is the first step in a project that aims to better understand the landscape of HIV and rehabilitation/disability research in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. This project will help us explore strengths and gaps in the current approaches to inform a more intentional, harmonized and impactful programme of action between Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. Depending on the nature of your research, we may be in touch for further information.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Thank you in advance for considering this request!


Stephanie Nixon
On behalf of the HIV, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Team:
Lori Chambers, Margaret Maimbolwa, Tola Mbulaheni, Robin Montgomery, Valérie Pierre-Pierre, Stephen Tattle, Catherine Worthington and Tammy Yates