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HIV expert to talk about why affected communities must be involved in research

04 Feb 2016

Clinical neuropsychologist Sean Rourke is transforming the way population health and community-based research is done, resulting in a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and helping to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Rourke will discuss his work, and why it’s so important for researchers to engage affected communities, on Feb. 10 at a CHEPA seminar entitled Meaningful engagement of affected people and communities in research: Why it matters, how it is done, and what impact it can have.

As the Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), Rourke brings research expertise together to answer questions and solve problems that are highly relevant to one or more of the populations in Ontario most affected by HIV. He is committed to community stakeholder engagement and works to develop partnerships across disciplines and sectors.

Rourke, a clinical neuropsychologist and scientist at St. Michael’s hospital, and a professor of psychiatry at U of T, is also recognized internationally for his work on the mental health complications associated with HIV.

He is also the director of three national centres funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) that are doing research on HIV/AIDS. As well, he heads University without Walls, where he is continuing to build Ontario’s research capacity, the implementation of evidence- based programs and other training programs across Canada.

The seminar will be held on Weds. Feb. 10  from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Communications Research Lab (CRL) B119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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