Scholarships now available to attend IAS 2022 in Montreal!

The International AIDS Society is bringing the World AIDS Conference back to Canada from 29 July – 2 August 2022, in Montreal.  Darrell is on the Governing Council of the IAS and the Options Lab encourages our network of collaborators to participate. We especially encourage community members and people representing/working with historically marginalized communities to […]

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Jemal Demeke awarded the inaugural MAP ‘MVP’ Award

Congratulations to our very own Jemal Demeke (Research Coordinator II) who has been selected as the winner of this year’s MAP Values in Practice (MVP) award, as part of the first-ever MAP Awards!! Jemal’s nomination for the MVP category was submitted by Patricia O’Campo and Itunu Adekoya, with supporting letters from Attia Qamar and Christina […]

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World AIDS Day – December 1st, 2021

Dr. Darrell Tan had the privilege of doing an interview for The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO discussing some parallels between AIDS research/HIV and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sharon Walmsley and Dr. Tan later discuss treatments and prevention of HIV. Watch the interview below and give it a like and share with family & friends!

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Attia Qamar wins the St. Michael’s Hospital Culture of Discovery Award!

As St. Michael’s Hospital closes the 6th annual research month, the hospital gives thanks to every individual that was involved. Research Month is a time to celebrate the impact that research makes on policy, practice, and most importantly, patients. This year, we had 38 events spanning over 30 days. Such an incredible accomplishment! This is […]

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Attia accepted into the Masters of Science program in Health and Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain

Congratulations to our Research Manager Attia Qamar for her acceptance into the Masters of Science program in Health and Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain!  Attia will be starting her part-time studies remotely in January 2022, and will be travelling across the pond occasionally for exams, presentations, etc. We wish her […]

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Recruiting new team members!

Our team is actively recruiting community members to advise on our community-based research project on The Future of PrEP.  This project is about future long-acting PrEP products that are coming down the pipeline and is being organized together with CBRC.  Learn more and apply here.

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Trial of syphilis pre-exposure prophylaxis opens to enrollment

The study team screened its first participant for the DaDHS trial of doxycycline as pre-exposure prophylaxis against syphilis and other bacterial sexually transmitted infections today.  Congratulations to study coordinator Reva Persaud for launching the trial!  Read more about the trial here.

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Options Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Oscar Pico-Espinosa has two abstracts from the PRIMP study accepted to EACS

Oscar’s analyses on “PrEP-related stigma and PrEP status among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and transgender women in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada” and the PrEP cascade among HIV-negative gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Ontario and British Columbia” will be presented as posters […]

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Options Lab MPH students Adrian Foster and Lauren Tailor invited to present at the Fast-Track Cities 2021 Conference

Adrian Foster will present his work on PrEP stigma and Lauren Tailor will present her work on mental health conditions in PrEP users at the upcoming Fast-Track Cities 2021 Conference in Lisbon, hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). You can read more about the conference here.

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