Congratulations Ashan Wijesinghe

Our very own MSc student Ashan Wijesinghe has been awarded the Mingyao Liu Graduate Award valued at $5000 through the 2022-23 Institute of Medical Science Graduate Student Awards Competition! Ashan is also the recipient of the 2022-23 Institute of Medical Science International Fee Subsidy Award valued at $6,000! This deserves a huge congratulations, the Options […]

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The Future of PrEP Is Now – Recruitment has begun!

Focus Group Opportunity for 2SGBQM! New “long-acting” forms of PrEP such as injections, implants, and new types of oral pills are being evaluated in clinical trials, and may soon be available in Canada. Rather than having to take a pill on a daily or “on demand” basis, “long-acting” PrEP could involve injections every 2 months, […]

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Canadian HIV Trials Network – Fall Meeting

Dr. Darrell Tan along side co-lead of the Prevention (PREV) Core, Dr. Trevor Hart and their research associate Cassandra Bertucci had a very successful CTN Fall Meeting which was the first hybrid (in-person/virtual) meeting. This definitely presented some new challenges but overall everything went very well. There were two guest speakers during the PREV Core […]

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Dr Tin Vo awarded a Fellowship with Options Lab!

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Tin Vo was awarded one of the inaugural  professional fellowships by the CIHR 2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub! You can read more about the Health Hub here and here. Tin is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Allison Needham, Director of Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability at Unity Health […]

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Dr. Oscar Pico Javier Espinosa’s has published a new paper!

Dr. Oscar Pico Javier Espinosa, our very own post-doctoral fellow has published his paper titled: PrEP-related stigma and PrEP use among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. The link to the paper will be posted once it goes live. Stay tuned!

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PHAC Funding for Monkeypox Research Secured!

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has awarded $500K to Dr. Marina Klein (McGill University Health Centre) and Dr. Darrell Tan for their proposal, “Catalyzing the Canadian Response to the Emerging Monkeypox Epidemic: Evidence for Action”, under the National Microbiology Laboratory Branch Emerging Issues Program.  This funding will support the launch of a clinical […]

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Reached enrollment target for our DaDHS Study

In the last few weeks our clinical research coordinator, Reva Persaud, reached enrollment target for the A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of oral doxycycline for the prevention of syphilis in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). Congratulations! More can be read about it here.

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Congratulations Ashan Wijesinghe (MSc Student)

The Options Lab is happy to announce that our MSc student, Ashan Wijesinghe, presented at the Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference in Seville, Spain this past weekend! Ashan’s abstract titled: Exploring the association between oral PrEP use and willingness to use injectable PrEP among urban Canadian gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men […]

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Understanding Monkeypox in Indigenous Communities

On September 29, 2022, Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research held a virtual conversation on monkeypox in Indigenous communities with infectious disease specialists and community leaders from across the country. The speakers will debunk myths about monkeypox, give current information about transmission and discuss how monkeypox is a concern for Indigenous peoples and all of […]

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Congratulations to Sawyer Karabelas-Pittman, our very own Summer student

On behalf of the Options Collaboratory we would like to congratulate our very own Summer medical school student, Sawyer Karabelas-Pittman, whose proposal, Exploring HIV Risk Communication Strategies to Improve PrEP Implementation, has been accepted for an in-person poster presentation at Summit 2022: Pushing Possibilities. This conference is hosted by the CBRC (Community-Based Research Centre) and […]

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