The following people participate in our network by contributing their time and expertise to be members of our advisory board, committees and working groups. Their guidance helps ensure that the OHTN conducts and supports the most innovative and scientifically rigorous HIV research with the potential to improve the health and well-being of people with HIV in Ontario. We thank them for their contribution.
Barry D Adam is University Professor of Sociology at the University of Windsor, and Senior Scientist and Director of Prevention Research at the OHTN with a mandate to draw together researchers, policy makers, and community-based organizations in building province-wide capacity in effective interventions for HIV prevention. Coming to HIV work with an extensive research record on the dynamics of domination and empowerment, LGBT studies, HIV prevention, and issues of living with HIV, his current work is investigating: (a) how social discourses of masculinity, autonomy, adventurism, and romance influence safer-sex decision making; (b) the development of an attractive and effective HIV prevention and sexual health program for HIV-positive men; (c) creation of an intervention for Latino newcomers to Canada to help address their elevated rate of HIV sero-conversion; and (d) impacts of criminal prosecutions for HIV exposure and transmission on people living with HIV.
Vanessa Gray Allen
Vanessa G. Allen is an infectious diseases and medical microbiologist at the Public Health Ontario responsible for the sexually transmitted infections, enteric and molecular epidemiology laboratory programs. She completed her MD at McGill University and her residency in internal medicine, infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include the surveillance of sexually transmitted infections including antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the development of point of care methods for rapid diagnosis of STIs, and the development of public health tools to identify and support Listeria monocytogenes and other foodborne illness outbreak investigations.
Chris Archibald is Director of the Surveillance and Risk Assessment Division, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, Public Health Agency of Canada, and this Division is responsible for assessing HIV/AIDS epidemiology and surveillance at the national level in Canada. He is also the chair of the OHTN Scientific Review Committee Epidemiology track. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and is a co-investigator on a CIHR grant entitled “Building on the resilience of Indigenous people in risk reduction initiatives targeting sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses”. Chris is also a member of several WHO/UNAIDS expert working groups, including WHO’s Monitoring and Surveillance Committee for the HIVResNet Drug Resistance Strategy and PAHO’s Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/STI.
Gloria Aykroyd has been the Program Coordinator and a social worker at the Infectious Diseases Care Program (formerly known as the HIV Care Program) in London, Ontario since 1991. Gloria is Co-Chair of the Ontario HIV Outpatient Clinic Directors and Coordinators Network and in 2008 completed a 3 year term as the Coordinator representative on the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Board. Gloria has been an abstract reviewer for the OHTN, and is the Co-Chair of the OHTNs’ Health Care Provider Network Advisory Committee.
Previously, Gloria has served on the Board of Directors for the London Regional AIDS Hospice operating as the John Gordon Home, and on the Diocese of Huron AIDS Education Committee - the committee which formed Camp Wendake, a camp for persons living with HIV, their partners and loved ones. Gloria was a cook at camp for four years. Gloria is a member of numerous professional organizations and committees and on the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Mount Hope Based Team Ethics Education and Consultation Committee.
Over thirty five years as a social worker, previous to her work in this field Gloria has many years experience in child welfare and children's mental health. She is also in private practice and is involved in a home-based wellness business.
Velpandi Ayyavoo is an Associate Professor and Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology MS Program at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of OHTN Scientific Review Committee. Her research interests lie in the Immunopathogenesis of HIV-1, virus-host protein-protein interaction; and HIV-1 vaccine and therapeutic development.