B.C. government kicks off AIDS conference with funding announcement (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
The B.C. government said it will put $2 million toward the Hope to Health Research Centre as a three-day international conference on the latest in HIV-related research opened Sunday in Vancouver.
The fresh investment will allow the new HIV/AIDS, addiction and viral hepatitis research facility — which opened in the Downtown Eastside at the end of June — to expand into a 20,000-square-foot space at 625 Powell Street, according to the Ministry of Health.
The centre, led by Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Evan Wood of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, focuses not only on HIV/AIDS studies, but also at-risk youth, gender and sexual health, strategies for viral hepatitis, addictions and other related conditions.
Joanne Lee-Young reports.