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Dr. Julio Montaner wins 2023 Trailblazer Award

Dr. Julio Montaner
BC-CfE Executive Director Dr. Julio Montaner.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, housed at St. Paul’s Hospital, announces that Executive Director & Physician-in-Chief Dr. Julio Montaner is among the three 2023 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) Trailblazer Award Winners. The Trailblazer Awards support early, mid and senior career researchers who have made exceptional contributions to population and public health in Canada and around the world through evidence-based policies and interventions.

Treatment as Prevention pioneer

Acknowledged for his role in pioneering highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and his concept of Treatment as Prevention® – both of which have dramatically changed the face of HIV/AIDS and led to adoption globally to end the AIDS epidemic – Dr. Montaner’s leadership and commitment to health equity were highlighted in the citation for the Senior Career recipient. Dr. Montaner is currently expanding his efforts to adapt Treatment as Prevention® to optimize and accelerate the control of other impactful contagious diseases (including infectious diseases [i.e.: HCV], as well as socially contagious diseases [i.e.: type II Diabetes, COPD, opioid use]), with the ultimate goal to enhance Health Care Sustainability.

A version of this story originally appeared in the BC’CfE’s Forecast newsletter. Read it here.