World AIDS Day, December 1: McGill/MUHC experts


World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year, 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, including 71,000 in Canada. Every day, 6,800 people are infected.
Published: 27Nov2014

Nicole Bernard, Researcher, Infection & Immunity, Research Institute of the MUHC
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
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.bernard [at]


Shelley Clark, Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill

Director, Centre on Population Dynamics

CRC, 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.clark [at] 


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

+available after Dec 1

julian.falutz [at]


Nitika Pant Pai, Assistant 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.pai [at]


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.routy [at]


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.wainberg [at]


On December 1, World AIDS Day, GAP-VIES, in collaboration with the MUHC, is organizing a dinner conference on the importance of prevention and screening in Montreal’s Haitian and African communities.

Le 1er décembre, GAP-VIES organise un souper-conférence pour souligner l’importance de la prévention et du dépistage auprès des Communautés haïtienne et africaine de Montréal en collaboration avec le CUSM.

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
McGill University
cynthia.lee [at]
Office Phone: 

Secondary Contact Information

Julie Robert
Secondary Email: 
julie.robert [at]
Office Phone: 
514-934-1934, poste 71381
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