President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS

This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

In 1981, the first cases of the virus that came to be known as HIV were reported in Los Angeles. In the forty years since, the international response to what became a global epidemic sparked impactful collaborations between researchers, grassroots activists, policy-makers and clinicians that generated scientific breakthroughs, sparked social movements, and profoundly impacted our understanding of human rights.

Ironically, the success of biomedical and policy interventions for people living with HIV has led to a reduction in global funding that is inhibiting efforts to end AIDS by 2030. Over half of the 38 million people living with HIV globally lack access to adequate treatment, and the rate of new infections remains high. To uphold the international commitment to ending AIDS - including among high risk and vulnerable populations - there is a need to bring new scholarly, policy and public attention to the successes achieved, lessons learned, and challenges that remain. Efforts to strengthen and encourage partnership between decision makers, the scientific community, and community-based advocates towards the international goal of ending AIDS by 2030 remain as necessary as ever.

This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates by providing them with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We invite you to join us in exploring the most important issues in HIV today, across disciplines and fields, in partnership with academia, health care practitioners, community members, and activists.

Events & Lectures

Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver and SFU Surrey.

There will be a networking session after each lecture. 

YouTube Playlist for Public Lectures

  • Arts Exhibit: The Lived Experience: Art, Advocacy, and HIV
        January 8-9, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, HC 1400-1430, SFU Harbour Centre
    This multimedia artistic exhibit will showcase pieces that speak to the history, experiences, activism, and research related to HIV in Vancouver and beyond.
  • Innovation, Activism, and the Arts: Vancouver’s History in HIV
        Tuesday, January 8, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, HC 1400-1430, SFU Harbour Centre
    Julio Montaner, OC, MD, OBC DSc, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP, FRSC (Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) & Valerie Nicholson (Chair of the Board of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network & Indigenous Peer Navigator for the Positive Living Society of British Columbia). 
  • Towards an HIV Cure: Challenges and Prospects
        Tuesday, January 22, ASB 10900, KEY Presentation Studio, SFU Burnaby
    Zabrina Brumme, PhD (Molecular Biologist and Epidemiologist, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS). 
  • Issues in Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure and its Influence on the Landscape of HIV in Canada
        Tuesday, February 5, ASB 10900, KEY Presentation Studio, SFU Burnaby
    Richard Elliott (Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network), Marvelous Muchenje (Community Health Coordinator, Activist, Co-Principal Investigator on the Women, ART, and Criminalization of HIV Study), Angela Kaida, PhD (Associate Professor at SFU, Lead Investigator on the Women, ART, and Criminalization of HIV Study).
  • HIV and Indigenous Communities in Canada
        Tuesday, February 26, Room 1300, Segal Building 500 Granville St, SFU Vancouver
    Carrie Bourassa, PhD (Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health), Alexandra King. MD, FRCPC (Cameco Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Saskatchewan), Danita Wahpoosewyan (Activist, Peer Support Worker at AIDS South Saskatchewan). 
  • Towards a Vaccine for HIV
        Monday, March 11, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, HC 1400-1430, SFU Harbour Centre
    Glenda Gray, MBBCH, FCPaed(SA), DSc (honoris causa) (President & CEO of South African Medical Research Council, Co-Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Director of HIV Vaccine Trials Network Africa).
  • Community Perspectives on Living with HIV and Where We Go From Here 
        Tuesday, March 19, SFU Surrey
    Bernard Andreason (Activist, Community Leader), Dakota Descoteaux (Activist, Community Leader), Patience Magagula (Director, Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC).
  • Injection Drug Use, and the Interacting Epidemics of Substance Use and HIV
        Wednesday, March 27, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward's
    Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor at the Miami School of Medicine, Activist & Co-Founder of Florida's first Needle-Exchange Program). RSVP here. 
    Watch this livestream

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