Department of Physical Therapy Professors Shine Light on HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation

University of Toronto Shares Emerging Evidence at the 25th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV Rehabilitation Research.

The 25th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research was held May 12-15, 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

On May 12, Department of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Dr. Kelly O’Brien co-hosted the 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research. This Forum was a collaboration between the Canada-United Kingdom HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CUHRRC), of which Dr. O’Brien is a founding member and Chair of the Steering Committee, the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWHGR) and the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR).

The day-long forum facilitated knowledge transfer and exchange on HIV and aging research with 69 community leaders, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, students, and people living with HIV who are champions in this expanding area of research and practice. This event featured over 15 speakers from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, who shared recent emerging evidence on HIV, aging and rehabilitation.

On May 13 the CAHR Conference featured a social sciences plenary for its 600 attendees presented by Department of Physical Therapy Associate Professor Dr. Stephanie Nixon, entitled “A Rehabilitation Science Approach to HIV: From Local to Global and Back”.

Dr. O’Brien then hosted a special lunch panel session on Living Well and Living Longer with HIV, which included Dr. Nixon and other experts from Canada and the UK.  This panel was funded by a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Meeting, Planning and Dissemination Grant, of which Dr. O’Brien is the Primary Investigator.



Head shot of Stephanie NixonTo learn more about Dr. Nixon’s research on global health and rehabilitation, visit her International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR) Lab.



Head shot of Kelly O'BrienTo learn more about Dr. O’Brien’s work with the Canada UK HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CUHRRC) please follow @cuhrrc and #RehabHIV on Twitter.