Research Stories

Expanding Access to HAART Saves Millions in Health Care and Productivity Costs (Dr. Julio Montaner, BC-CfE)

A study published in The Lancet HIV by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) shows expanding Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®) could save up to $66.5 million over the next 25 years, compared with a scenario with reduced access to antiretroviral medication. The study finds expanded access to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has more than offset the additional costs of treatment, resulting in improved health outcomes and cost-savings.


St. Paul’s Hospital honoured with innovation award

Early Treatment Trial to Headline AIDS Conference (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Evidence presented at the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference could lead to a tipping point in how and when to treat HIV, according to conference cochair Julio Montaner, MD, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada.

Awards put research into practice and benefit patient care (PHCRI)

Congratulations 2015 Innovation and Translational Research Awards recipients!

COPD: Imaging Could Improve Treatment (Dr. Miranda Kirby, James Hogg Research Centre)

Imaging scans including inhaled noble gas magnetic resonance imaging show promise over forced expiratory volume tests (FEV1) in evaluating symptoms of patients' with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and exercise limitations, according to a study published online July 7 in Radiology.

The HIV epidemic can be stopped (Dr. Julio Montaner)

As scientists prepare to meet in Vancouver, Canada, for the annual meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS) on 19–22 July, many argue that the end of the AIDS epidemic could be in sight. A mass of convincing data, they say, shows that the universal roll-out of antiretroviral treatment provides a means to stop HIV — but only if the world acts fast.

bioLytical to Present Findings of Early HIV Detection (Dr. Julio Montaner)

bioLytical Laboratories Inc. announced today that its abstract highlighting early HIV detection using INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test was accepted for presentation at the 8th Annual International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver. The results will be presented Wednesday, July 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time at the poster discussion on Novel Programmatic Approaches for Diagnostics.

Pitt Scientists Lead Consensus Guidelines for Thyroid Cancer Molecular Tests (Dr. Sam Wiseman, St. Paul's Hospital)

 University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists recently led a panel of experts in revising national guidelines for thyroid cancer testing to reflect newly available tests that better incorporate personalized medicine into diagnosing the condition.

Their clinical explanation for when to use and how to interpret thyroid cancer tests is published in the July issue of the scientific journal Thyroid. The American Thyroid Association is revising its 2015 Guidelines for Thyroid Nodule and Thyroid Cancer Management to direct doctors to the scientific publication.

Metabolomics in precision medicine (PROOF Centre of Excellence)

In the efforts to develop a system of individualized precision medical options, the integration of metabolomic pathways becomes important. Two methods are commonly used in metabolic profiling.

Study shows residential school sex abuse has generational impact (Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences)

Whatever unimaginable horrors could happen to a child, Leslie Pierre says happened to her.

Study finds family history of sexual abuse heightens risks (Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences)

A study indicating that survivors of sexual abuse and children of residential school survivors are at a much higher risk of sexual assault shows the need for the country’s first indigenous-designed centre to treat young sexual assault victims, First Nations advocates say.

Study shows link between continued abuse of aboriginal women, residential schools (Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences)

Young aboriginal women in B.C. are more likely to be victims of violence if they were sexually abused as children or had a parent who attended a residential school, a landmark study has found.

Four biotech companies that are helping B.C. lead the battle against aging (Dr. David Granville, St. Paul's Hospital)

A Vancouver-based anti-aging company is betting that the fountain of youth flows with antifreeze produced by an Antarctic fish.

Researchers study ‘super seniors’ for clues to their longevity

Rare healthy old people like musician Dal Richards, 97, may lack disease susceptibility factors, researchers say

Searching for PROOF of person-specific prevention and care (Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence)

We are all too aware of the immense global burden of heart, lung and kidney failure, and the challenges they pose to communities, health systems, care providers, and patients and families. 

HIV treatment drug could be effective preventative tool: study (Canadian HIV Trials Network)

A drug used here as part of treatment for people infected with HIV could be used as an effective preventative tool, claim the authors of a new study by the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network.