World AIDS Day 2015: McGill/MUHC experts

Published: 25 November 2015

December 1 is World AIDS Day, reminding us that the fight against the AIDS pandemic is far from over. More than 36 million people have died since it emerged in the early 1980s. Today, 35.3 million people around the world are living with the virus. 73,000 Canadians are currently HIV positive up from 49,000 in 2001, according to statistics from the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CanFAR).

Here is a list of experts from McGill, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital available for comment on your stories for World AIDS Day:

Nicole Bernard, Researcher, Infection & Immunity, Research Institute of the MUHC; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University

Expertise: HIV resistance, genetics associated with protection from HIV infection, slow replication of HIV among people with protective genes.

Available for interviews in English and French.

nicole [dot] bernard [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Shelley Clark, Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill; Director, Centre on Population Dynamics; Canada Resarch Chair in Youth, Gender and Global Health

Expertise: social determinants of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; HIV risks within marriage; adolescent transitions in high HIV contexts; couple dynamics and negotiation with respect to HIV

Available for interviews in English

shelley [dot] clark [at] mcgill [dot] ca 

Julian Falutz, Director, HIV Metabolic Clinic, MUHC, Coordinator of Chronic Viral Illness Service, HIV and Aging Clinic, MUHC

Expertise: clinical care of HIV patients, teaching, clinical research.

Available for interviews in French and English

julian [dot] falutz [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

Nitika Pant Pai, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill; Researcher, Infection & Immunity, Research Institute of the MUHC

Expertise: Self-testing strategies, screening strategies for HIV and co-infections, development of smart apps for self-testing, synergizing health, multiplexed testing in different at-risk populations, impact of oral testing and counseling in women in labor, simultaneous testing of pregnant women for co-infections.

Available for interviews in English

nitika [dot] pai [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy, Professor of Medicine, McGill, Department of Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, Chronic Viral Illness Service and Division of Hematology

Expertise: HIV primary infection; vaccines, Kaposi’s sarcoma and lymphoma

Available for interviews in French and English

jean-pierre [dot] routy [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Mark Wainberg, Director, McGill AIDS Centre; Professor, Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University; Head of the HIV/AIDS research axis, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital; Past President of the International AIDS Society

Expertise: Development of anti-HIV drugs, HIV drug resistance, HIV vaccines

Available for interviews in French and English

mark [dot] wainberg [at] mcgill [dot] ca


For interviews, please contact:

Cynthia Lee
Media Relations Office
McGill University
cynthia [dot] lee [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Julie Robert
Public Affairs and Strategic Planning
McGill University Health Centre
514 934 1934 poste 71381
julie [dot] robert [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

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