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.
Dr. Rupert Kaul is a clinician-scientist based at the University of Toronto and has a clinical HIV practice at the Immunodeficiency Clinic, University Health Network. His research interests include: (1) how local factors in the genital tract, either immune factors or other co-infections, may increase HIV transmission; (2) the interactions between HIV and herpes simplex virus type 2 (genital herpes); (3) the nature of immune responses that provide protection against HIV acquisition and/or progression; and (4) the effects of microbicides in clinical testing on the immunology of the genital tract. This work is made possible by the help of research participants from Toronto and Kenya.
Charu Kaushic is an Associate Professor in Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University. Her research interest is women's reproductive health. Currently her work is focused on understanding interactions between female genital tract and sexually transmitted pathogens, including HIV-1 and HSV-2. Dr. Kaushic has received a number of awards including a Scholarship Award from OHTN, a New Investigator Award from CIHR and an Early Researcher's Award from Ontario Government. Most recently, she was honoured to receive the new HIV Applied Research Chair Award from OHTN. Her research has been funded by CANFAR, OHTN and CIHR. Dr. Kaushic has close links with community organizations in Toronto and has been involved for many years in efforts to educate health workers and women about risk factors for HIV transmission in women.
Claire Kendall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her clinical interests are focused on providing primary and preventative health care to people living with HIV and their families. She works closely with the HIV tertiary care groups (adult and pediatric) in Ottawa and advocates strongly for the crucial role of the primary care provider in the care of people living with HIV. Along with her colleagues, Claire presents yearly at the Family Medicine Forum to further educate family physicians interested in care for HIV positive patients. Claire is a new recipient of a 4-year CIHR fellowship award, with Dr. Sean Rourke as co-supervisor, received to engage in a research program to explore the extent to which the Chronic Care Model is being applied to HIV/AIDS care nationally and internationally. She is a principal investigator for a research project which used cervical cytology screening as a marker for preventative health care to identify differences (and potential gaps) in care between HIV positive women who receive tertiary HIV care alone, versus those receiving primary and tertiary collaborative care. She is also involved in a research study aiming to identify core competencies required of health care professionals working with people living with HIV. Claire is currently completing her Masters in Public Health through the Distance Program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the recipient of an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Health Care Provider Scholarship to support her in this endeavor.
Rick Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Ontario AIDS Network and a member of the OHTN Board of Directors, Cohort Study Governance Committee and Community Network Advisory Committee. Previously, Rick was the Director of Marketing and Development for the National Office of the Canadian Mental Health Association and served on the boards of the Distress Centres of Ontario and the Toronto Distress Centre. Rick is a former Chair and Vice Chair of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He currently serves on the board of the Executive of Federated Health Charities and the Ontario Provincial Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Vicki Kett has been involved with the OHTN for many years. She is a past Board member and presently serves on the Finance and Governance Committees. Twenty-two years ago, Vicki was appalled with the discrimination a friend was receiving from the community when he was dying of AIDS related disease and decided to take her nursing education and become involved with the AIDS movement and for the last twenty years she has worked with Access AIDS Network in Sudbury in the education department and coordinator of Open Doors, and Manager of Community Services. She is the co-founder of the needle exchange program in Sudbury and is a volunteer with an AIDS project in Haiti.
Patricia Khokher completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Science at McMaster University. She is conducting her postdoctoral work with John Cairney at the University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her program examines seniors living with HIV/AIDS and compares the quality of life in two groups of older adults: those who have contracted the illness in later life, and those who became ill in their younger years and have now aged.
Dr. Don Kilby is an HIV primary care physician, the Director of the University of Ottawa Health Services and a member of the OHTN Health Care Provider Network Advisory Committee. Don was also the Chair of the OTHN HIV Information Infrastructure Project Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. He is the founder of the Ottawa Primary Care Group and the Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance.
Ken King is a member of the board of the Toronto People with AIDs Foundation and a past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR). Ken has extensive experience in the HIV+ community as a person with HIV himself, as a counselor and therapist, and as a volunteer with AIDS Service Organizations. He has been involved in research on lessening depression as experienced by PHAs and in determining the unique aspects of disability experienced by PHAs, including social exclusion. He has also worked with innovative projects designed to include disadvantaged individuals in society by addressing the wider socioeconomic barriers they experience. Ken is a member of the OHTN Cohort Study Governance Committee.
Dr. Susan Kirkland is interested in the epidemiologic investigation of prevalent health outcomes in adult populations, most notably cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS, and the exploration of underlying determinants of health, including the interplay between gender and the genetic, social, cultural and economic determinants of health. Her research in HIV and HCV addresses access to medications including methadone and HCV treatment for injection drug users, and the emerging field of HIV and aging. Dr. Kirkland has taken a lead role in establishing the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, a research initiative involving government, academia and community organizations, and the Nova Scotia Hepatitis C Data Linkage Group (NSHepLink), a new emerging research team to address health service utilization and health outcomes among vulnerable populations. She is currently Principal Investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), which involves a multi-disciplinary national network of researchers, and she leads the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIRN) for Social and Behavioural Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral research network spanning the four Atlantic provinces.
Dr. Colin Kovacs is a primary care physician currently practicing at the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic in Toronto. Colin has been in active full time HIV/AIDS clinical care since 1994 and has been inducted to the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll. He has been engaged in clinical and investigator driven research since the mid-1990's with collaborations throughout Canada and abroad including such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Utretch. Colin has been a past OHTN Board Member and active participant of the Emerging Technologies Working Group.