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.
Jacqueline C. Gahagan
Jacqueline Gahagan is Professor of Health Promotion at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Health Professions, School of Health and Human Performance and holds cross appointments in Women and Gender Studies, Community Health and Epidemiology, International Development Studies and Nursing. She currently teaches courses in Community Health Promotion, Measurement and Evaluation in Health Promotion and Women’s Health and the Environment. Jacqueline’s research is focused on the social and behavioural aspects of HIV/STI/Hep C and her funded research projects include analysis of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support programs and policies, research ethics in international settings, sexual and reproductive health among rural youth, access to health care resources among socially marginalized populations, injection drug use and Hepatitis C / HIV prevention, harm reduction programs and policies, HIV testing and counseling and unpaid caregiving. Jacqueline has been a member of the OHTN Scientific Review Committee.
Clemon George, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada and a Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator in the area of HIV/AIDS. Dr. George’s main research focus is in the area of HIV epidemiology and applying social research theories to epidemiological research. He is committed to the principles of Community Based Research, whereby the specific community being researched is meaningfully engaged in all aspects of the research process. He has participated in various HIV related committees at the federal and provincial levels as a community researcher and has been contributing to the OHTN goals, through active membership in the OCS governance committee.
Nadia Ghani is a graduate from the Masters of Public Health program from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). She brings with her four years of public health experience in working with local and international agencies such as Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) in Bangladesh, the Region of Waterloo Public Health, and most recently with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). At PHAC, Nadia has worked as a Program Consultant and most recently as an Evaluation Consultant for the Adult Health Programs, such as the AIDS community Action Program (ACAP). Her interests include building capacity between federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments, community organizations and educational sectors.
Norbert Gilmore is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, an Associate Director of the McGill AIDS Centre, a Senior Physician in the McGill University Hospital Centre, and a member of the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Immunodeficiency Service, and the Immune Deficiency Treatment Centre of the Montreal General Hospital.
He is a co-founder of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and a member of its Advisory Council. He has also been a member of numerous committees and working groups, related to HIV and AIDS internationally and is currently is the Chair of the OHTN Scientific Review Committee.
Matthias Gotte is an Associate Professor, Biochemical Virology, and Department of Microbiology & Immunology, at McGill University. Research in his group is focused on structure-function relationships of viral enzymes, with emphasis placed on mechanisms involved in drug action and drug resistance. Matthias’ lab is actively involved in the development of novel classes of compounds that block the DNA polymerase activity of wild-type HIV-1 RT and its resistant variants. Matthias is a member of the OHTN Scientific Review Committee in the Basic Science track.
Saara Greene is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, McMaster University. Saara’s current research focuses on the impact of housing instability and homelessness on families with children who are affected by HIV and is particularly interested in highlighting how the intersecting issues of racism, sexism and poverty result in marginalizing HIV positive women and their children. Saara is committed to engaging in community-based research in her work, and has a strong interest in developing models of CBR that reflect the GIPA principles. Saara is an OHTN Community Scholar in partnership with Fife House Foundation. She is a member of the OHTN Community Network Advisory Committee and the OHTN Cohort Study Socio-behaviourial Working Group.
Dr. Dale Guenter has a clinical practice at McMaster Family Practice, West End Clinic where he provides primary care with a major focus of working with people living with HIV. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster where he teaches in the professional competencies program in the undergraduate medical program. Dale also collaborates with the Atenio de Zamboanga University Medical School in the Phillipines, whose mission is to develop physicians who appreciate the social determinants of health in isolated rural communities. Dale is a member of the OHTN Health Care Provided Network Advisory Committee.