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CTAC presents Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco with prestigious Glen Hillson Award

CTAC presents Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco with prestigious Glen Hillson Award

february 1, 2017



CTAC presents Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco with prestigious Glen Hillson Award

Award honours HIV advocates in Canada


Toronto, ON (February 1, 2017) – The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) is pleased to present the 2017 Glen Hillson Award to Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, Director of Education and Training at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and long-time HIV community-based researcher and advocate in Canada.

Created in 2005 by CTAC to honour the memory of Glen Hillson, previous Vice Chair of CTAC and Chair of the British Columbia Persons with AIDS (BCPWA) Society, the Glen Hillson Award recognizes HIV advocates who work tirelessly to support the HIV movement within Canada.

“Francisco’s energy knows no bounds, and his knowledge base is superior to that. He’s been involved since so long ... and I think he deserves such recognition,” said Terry Pigeon, Chair of the CTAC Board of Directors, citing one of the award recipient’s nominators.

Born and raised in Chile, Francisco migrated to Canada in 1985, the same year he was diagnosed with HIV. He earned his Master’s degree and then his PhD in Education with a focus on health and sexuality at BC’s Simon Fraser University in 1999. Francisco was one of the first Canadians living with HIV to earn a doctorate.

After earning his PhD, Francisco held a variety of research, teaching and volunteer positions, including the role of community-based research coordinator at the BCPWA Society (now the Positive Living Society of British Columbia). Francisco also knew Glen Hillson. In his nomination letter, R. Paul Kerston wrote: “Both would likely feel honoured.”

Francisco moved to Toronto and accepted a position working within the OHTN offices helping, initially, to work on a project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Research Evidence into Action for Community Health (REACH)-based Universities Without Walls, headed by Dr. Sean Rourke.

Currently, Francisco’s research focuses on HIV research and online dissemination, teaching, and learning to maximize the involvement of all research stakeholders especially people living with HIV. He also conducts research on HIV as an episodic disability in the context of rehabilitation, mental health and HIV, and aging and HIV. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Rehabilitation, University of Toronto and an adjunct professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba. He serves on the Scientific Committee of realize (formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation).

Previous award recipients include Louise Binder, Sean Rourke, Curtis Cooper, Jean-Pierre Bélisle, Ian McGilvray, James Kreppner, Bleecker Street Co-Operative Homes, Ron Rosenes and Philip Lundrigan.

CTAC is honoured to present this award to Dr. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco at the 2017 Treatment Access Conference welcome dinner in recognition of the time and effort he has given to advocating for the health and human rights of all Canadians living with HIV/AIDS.

About CTAC

CTAC is Canada’s non-governmental organization led by and for people living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection, focusing on access to treatment. Since 1996, we have been working to secure and ensure equitable, affordable and timely access to treatment, care and support for people in Canada living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection. We work with community, public, private and not-for-profit leaders to inform research and public policy, and promote public awareness and discussion. www.ctac.ca


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