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First study on HIV/AIDS in Canada

November 30, 2010

Dr. Emlet, Social Work, UW Tacoma (right) and Dr. David Brennan, University of Toronto, review data for their research project.

Dr. Charles Emlet of the University of Washington Tacoma and Dr. David Brennan of the University of Toronto has initiated an analysis of date from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) cohort study. In the first research project of its kind, Drs. Emlet and Brennan, along with other Canadian colleagues, are examining data on older adults living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario Canada. The research hopes to elucidate both the characteristic of older adults in Ontario with HIV disease but also to better understand both protective factors and deleterious elements that impact their lives.

Data for this project was provided to the researchers through the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). The Ontario HIV Treatment Network is a collaborative network of researchers, health service providers, policy makers, community members and people with HIV who work together to promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, education in Ontario.

Data analysis has just begun on the 1129 adults age 50 and over include in the OHTN cohort study data. Drs. Emlet and Brennan have enlisted the assistance of Sarah Brennenstuhl, a doctoral student in Public Health and the University of Toronto to assist with analysis. The researchers hope to have initial analysis completed after the beginning of 2011.

Charles Emlet is a professor in the Social Work Program at UW Tacoma campus.

This research projected is supported, in part, by a Research Grant Program, Government of Canada awarded to Dr. Emlet.