MSFHR-supported research presented at AIDS 2012

25 July 2012

Ten researchers currently funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) are among the international experts whose work will be presented this week at AIDS 2012, the world’s largest HIV/AIDS conference.

These researchers, including six recently announced Scholar award recipients, are involved in projects broadly focused in three areas that will help improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and reduce transmission of the disease.

  • Population health research based primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, concentrating on reducing the effects of injection drug use, sex-trade work, and unstable housing in driving transmission of HIV and other diseases.
  • Evaluating the expansion of antiretroviral therapy in BC and around the world from economic, operational, and clinical perspectives.

  • Clinical and biomedical research to better understand HIV evolution and pathogenesis in the hope of identifying targets for future vaccine research.

Since 2001, MSFHR has funded more than 50 individual research projects focused primarily on HIV.

More than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries are expected to attend AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C. In addition to the world’s top HIV/AIDS researchers, the conference brings together policy-makers, clinicians, community advocates, persons living with HIV, and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. Read more about AIDS 2012.