Dr. Julio Montaner

Top HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner slams Ottawa for ignoring B.C.'s successful treatment

For Dr. Julio Montaner, this week's closure of the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver carried double-edged symbolism.

The director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS helped shape the pioneering treatments that have cut AIDS cases so sharply that the ward is no longer necessary. But he remains frustrated that B.C.'s proven strategy, dubbed treatment as prevention, isn't being adopted elsewhere in Canada.

He blames Ottawa for failing to lead the fight against what he considers a national epidemic.

Dr Julio Montaner comments on HIV Study

Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it, but may also find more people who have only recently become infected, a pilot study from Vancouver in Canada has found. 

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS selects SAP and PHEMI for new technology

SAP AG has announced that The British Columbia, or BC, Centre for Excellence in HIV /AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital is developing new technology from PHEMI Health Systems and SAP AG to enhance the treatment and improve the outcome for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Why British Columbia Is A Leader In Life Science Research And Development

March 04, 2014 — A research organization in the Canadian province of British Columbia has teamed up with the United Nations to battle HIV/AIDs. The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recently announced a partnership to bring HIV treatment to people affected by the disease all over the world.

New technology for HIV/AIDS treatment introduced in Canada

The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV /AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital is pioneering new technology from PHEMI Health Systems and SAP AG for treatment of HIV/AIDS. 

“We're changing the face of treatment for HIV and AIDS,” said Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “This technology will be invaluable to the lives of our patients. We will be able to quickly treat patients by delivering personalized medicine based on their unique strain of the virus.”

Panama becomes latest country to adopt B.C.-developed HIV strategy

Photograph by: SAMUEL KUBANI , AFP/Getty Images

Panama has become the latest country to adopt B.C.’s HIV Treatment as Prevention strategy.

China, France and Brazil have already signed on to the made-in-B.C. strategy, and U.S. cities including New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. are adopting it as well.

International Analysis: Prevention via Treatment

The rate of new HIV infections has decreased dramatically in the past decade, but millions of people who are infected remain untreated. Pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher Julio Montaner argues that if those people get the treatment they need, transmission of the virus can be stopped.

Recent government decisions hurting addicts

Ideological bents from Ottawa continue to put lives at risk, according to one of B.C.’s top medical minds.

Ottawa overrules health officials on Vancouver heroin replacement study

The Harper government announced regulations Thursday aimed at denying heroin to Vancouver addicts involved in clinical research. The move was made less than a year after the former federal health minister said political interference in the drug approval process was a “recipe for disaster.”

Vancouver to Host Prestigious HIV/AIDS Conference in 2015

Vancouver was selected last week to host the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) conference on HIV pathogenesis, treatment and prevention in 2015. The IAS conference brings together scientists, doctors, public health experts and community leaders to examine developments in HIV/AIDS science and explore applications for new discoveries.


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