The McGill Centre for Viral Diseases has adopted the following objectives:

  1. Foster an environment for collaborative transdisciplinary research across all McGill in HIV, SARS-CoV-2, chronic and emerging viral infections and associated conditions.
  2. Lead, nationally and internationally, basic, clinical, epidemiologic and public health research in viral diseases of public health impact.
  3. Build McGill’s capacity for research in emerging viral infectious disease threats by initiating new research programs and recruiting world-class researchers in viral infections, building strong competitive research teams to solve the most pressing viral epidemics, including COVID-19.
  4. Strengthen existing physical resources dedicated to HIV, SARS-CoV-2 and viral infection research and training.
  5. Expand our multidisciplinary educational mandate in viral diseases within and beyond McGill: training undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students and fellows, healthcare and public health professionals.
  6. Engage and collaborate with industrial partners, to promote translational research and facilitate clinical trials on new medical interventions.
  7. Meaningfully engage and collaborate with communities affected by viral diseases to exchange knowledge and inform research.
  8. Have a proactive role at the policy level, using evidence to support policy change (e.g. research focus and maintaining funding, universal access to antiretroviral therapy and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, decriminalization, addressing health disparities and stigma).


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