The CIHR Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC) was created in June 2009 through the financial support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Centre was formed to address the challenge which limited infrastructure support and capacity for research and knowledge translation have on making significant strides against the epidemic. The vision for the SRC was of an integrated network of centres in Canada specializing in HIV/AIDS health services and policy research and research on the social, cultural and environmental determinants affecting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Foster the national coordination of research efforts
- Develop strategic research programs and secure research funding
- Foster meaningful relationships between researchers and research users
- Build capacity in HIV/AIDS research
- Foster and support the translation of knowledge
The Centre is hosted at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto. The research team assembled bring a wide variety of content, population and methodological expertise, but its overall strength is especially pronounced in the social sciences. Historically, HIV/AIDS has been a somewhat insular/segregated field, with limited collaboration with others working on issues of common interest such as the social determinants of health which can affect vulnerability to a range of health issues. The Team is working to creating these crucial new links to researchers outside the HIV field and thereby increasing the Team’s current overall capacity.