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Dec08

Meet the future faces of HIV research

Sunday, 08 December 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

An Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) series is profiling the new Universities Without Walls fellows

Meet the future faces of HIV research

This article previously appeared in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) publication Did You Know, December 2013 edition. 

In the past few issues of Did You Know, we have been introducing the 14 fellows who make up UWW's fifth cohort. We are asking them how they first got involved in HIV research, the biggest challenge facing HIV researchers today, as well as some lighter questions.

Here is part four. Part three can be found here, part two here and part one here.

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Soraya Blot, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics, Western University

How did you first get involved with HIV research?

I started to work in HIV research through my research assistant position on the HiMMM community-based research project and later through my thesis project.

What is the defining moment so far in your research career?

I would say that starting my Master's program and working with a dynamic team that is highly involved in community-based research has been key in my research career.

Quantitative, Qualitative or Versatile?

Quantitative.

What is the greatest challenge facing HIV researchers today?

I would say that ethical issues and approaching hard-to-reach and hidden populations are some of the challenges faced by HIV researchers.

What's something that everyone interested in HIV research should read?

The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani.

Favourite TV show?

Golden Girls.

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Android.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons or other?

Other.

Colin Hastings Ph D. Sociology at York University

How did you first get involved with HIV research?

I initially got involved as a community educator at a local ASO in Kingston, Ontario. I'm interested in how community education and community building projects are linked.

What is the defining moment so far in your research career?

My first meeting with people at the ASO where I conducted research for my MA thesis and getting a sense of what sort of research they would benefit from most. It was very exciting to be involved in community-based research for the first time.

Quantitative, Qualitative or Versatile?

Qualitative

What is the greatest challenge facing HIV researchers today?

Talking across disciplines. There is so much important work being done on HIV from a range of perspectives, approaches and methodologies. We can all benefit from being better at talking to each other and sharing our work.

What's something that everyone interested in HIV research should read?

Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship by Charles Hale.

Favourite TV show?

Parks and Rec.

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

iPhone.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons or other?

Other.

Oghenowede Eyawo, Ph. D student, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

How did you first get involved with HIV research?

During my MPH degree, I did a practicum at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

What is the defining moment so far in your research career?

My defining moment so far in my research career was when I successfully published my first manuscript. I knew that was the beginning of the road in my research career.

Quantitative, Qualitative or Versatile?

Quantitative

What is the greatest challenge facing HIV researchers today?

The absence of a vaccine and cure for HIV.

What's something that everyone interested in HIV research should read?

Stories of people living with HIV. I think this basic understanding of the issue from the perspective of those living with HIV is a critical first step for people interested in HIV research.

What is your favourite TV show?

24.

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Blackberry.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons or other?

Tim Hortons.

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