Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHHRC)

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Dr. Kelly O’Brien is a founding member of the Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC).

What is CIHRRC?
The Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC) is an international research network based in Canada comprise

d of over 90 researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV, and representatives from community-based organizations, from Canada, United States (US), Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland and other countries of the European Union (EU), to advance research ideas and activities related to HIV and rehabilitation research.

How was CIHRRC Formed?
CIHRRC was originally established in 2009 as a partnership among researchers, clinicians, community members and organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), originally referred to as the Canada-UK HIV and Rehabilitation Research collaborative (CUHRRC). Since inception, the Collaborative has expanded to include members from the United States, Australia, Ireland, and other countries whereby individuals living with HIV experience similar types of issues related to disability and rehabilitation.

For more information on the Evolution of CIHRRC as International Research Collaborative in HIV and Rehabilitation, go to: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/716648

O’Brien KK, Solomon P, Ibáñez-Carrasco F, Chegwidden W, McDonnell E, Brown D, Harding R, Bergin C, Worthington C, Tattle S, Baxter L, Nayar A, Kietrys DM, Galantino ML, Yates T on behalf of the Canada- International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative.  Evolution of an International Research Collaborative in HIV and Rehabilitation: Community Engaged Process, Lessons Learned, and Recommendations. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action. Winter. 2018;12(4):395-408.

What are the Guiding Principles of CIHRRC?

CIHRRC is based on the belief that forming partnerships and exchanging knowledge among countries with individuals experiencing similar types of disability related to HIV is an important step in bridging widespread clinical knowledge with a strong research foundation on HIV and rehabilitation. CIHRRC aims to build on the enthusiasm of individual members to facilitate the advancement of research ideas and activities related to HIV and rehabilitation research.

What are the Research Priorities of CIHRRC?

The CIHRRC pursues a variety of research initiatives that address research priorities in HIV and rehabilitation established in a multi-stakeholder consultation with over 90 researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV and community organization representatives at the 1st International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research in June 2013.

Current research priority areas in HIV and rehabilitation include:

  1. Episodic health and disability
  2. Aging with HIV across the life course
  3. Concurrent health conditions
  4. Access to rehabilitation and models of rehabilitation service delivery
  5. Effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions
  6. Enhancing outcome measurement in HIV and rehabilitation research

These priorities are reviewed and updated regularly as new knowledge and priorities related to HIV and rehabilitation evolve internationally.

O’Brien KK, Ibanez-Carrasco F, Solomon P, Harding R, Cattaneo J, Chegwidden W, Gahagan J, Baxter L, Worthington C, Gayle P, Merritt B, Baltzer-Turje R, Iku N, Zack E. Advancing research and practice in HIV and rehabilitation: a framework of research priorities in HIV, disability and rehabilitation. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2014, 14:3851 doi:10.1186/s12879-014-0724-8. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/14/724

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1st International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research, Toronto, June 2013.

What does CIHRRC Do?:

CIHRRC focuses on the following activities as they relate to HIV and rehabilitation research:

  • Facilitating knowledge transfer and exchange on HIV and rehabilitation research, clinical practice and service delivery among people living with HIV, researchers, clinicians, educators representatives of community organizations and policy stakeholders in Canada and internationally;
  • Establishing new and strengthening existing research and clinical partnerships in the field of HIV and rehabilitation;
  • Fostering mentorship and training in HIV and rehabilitation research;
  • Identifying new and emerging priorities in HIV and rehabilitation research and practice and;
  • Establishing a plan for sustainability and growth as an international research collaborative to address priorities in HIV and rehabilitation research.

 

3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research, Winnipeg, May 2016

3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research, Winnipeg, May 2016.

For more information about CIHRRC, or to become a member:

Contact Rachel Aubry (CIHRRC Coordinator) at cihrrc@utoronto.ca 
Follow us on Twitter @cihrrc
Website: http://cihrrc.ca/

Acknowledgements
CIHRRC gratefully acknowledges website support from Realize.