CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

Published 16, Sep, 2013
Author // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

Ahead of this week’s CATIE Forum, CATIE’s executive director Laurie Edmiston talks on video with PositiveLite.com about how new scientific developments have opened up opportunities for innovative program development and the integration of service delivery

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and Hepatitis C. Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the science of prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, care and support — science that opens up new, innovative avenues for program development and the integration of service delivery. 

In Toronto, on September 18 and 19, 2013, CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker, will be presenting the bilingual CATIE Forum, a national opportunity to bring together stakeholders from across the country to discuss the implications of recent research for frontline programming and to learn from one other about program innovations based on research findings and already at work in the field. For those who cannot attend in person, many of the key components of the CATIE Forum will be webcast live, as well as recorded for subsequent viewing, 

CATIE’s executive director, Laurie Edmiston, sat down with me last week to talk about the theme of the CATIE Forum — New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C — and how new scientific developments have opened up opportunities for innovative program development and the integration of services. You can watch our discussion in the video below. 

To participate in the CATIE Forum via the live webcast, go to http://www.catie.ca/en/forum#webcast starting at 8:00 am EDT (13:00 UTC) on September 18. The CATIE Forum webcast program outlines which sessions will be webcast. Please note that all times are in Eastern Daylight Time (so please adjust for your time zone.) The webcast will be recorded and made available on the CATIE website  in early October.

About the Author

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh is the publisher of PositiveLite.com. He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications.  

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to PositiveLite.com about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.