Gord Arbess - St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Larry Baxter - Community Member, Halifax
Colm Bergin - St. James’s Hospital, GUIDE Clinic, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Darren Brown - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, UK
Darren Brown is a clinical Physiotherapist specialising in HIV, Oncology and Palliative Care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom. His clinical and research interests focus on disability experienced by people living with HIV and effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for people living with HIV. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the largest HIV unit in Europe, and Darren leads the HIV Physiotherapy service providing both inpatient and outpatient Physiotherapy interventions for adults living with HIV. Darren created and developed the Kobler Rehabilitation Class; a group rehabilitation intervention for adults living with HIV, providing individualised exercise and HIV-specific education. He invented the mHealth app BeYou+ (@BeYouPlus), which supports self-management strategies among people living with HIV. Darren is currently studying and NIHR awarded Masters of Clinical Research (MResClin) at St Georges University, London, where his research involves measuring the prevalence of disability experienced by adults living with HIV in London, UK. Darren is the HIV/AIDS special interest coordinator of WCPT Network IPT-HOPE (@IPTHOPE), WCPT Congress Programme Committee member for Geneva #WCPT2019 , vice-chair of the UK Rehabilitation in HIV Association (@RehabHIV), and member of Canada-International HIV Rehabilitation Research collaborative (@CIHRRC)”
Soo Chan Carusone - Casey House, Toronto
Soo is the Director of Research at Casey House and has a part-time academic appointment in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evaluation, and Impact at McMaster University. As a mixed methods researcher based in a community-based HIV hospital she draws on academic-clinical-community partnerships in addressing issues of health equity and complex care in the context of HIV.
Charles Emlet - University of Tacoma, Washington, USA
Charles A. Emlet, Ph.D, MSW is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Affiliate faculty with University of Washington Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Emlet was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Research Chair at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2013. He has published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and is coauthor of In Home Assessment of Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary approach (2nd ed., 2007) and HIV/AIDS and Older Adults: Challenges for individuals, families and communities (2004). He is currently the principal investigator for Understanding the Lived Experiences of Older Adults Living with HIV and co-investigator on National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender study.
Julian Falutz - McGill University Hospital Centre, Montreal
Cuisle Forde - Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Cuisle Forde is an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy Trinity College Dublin. She holds an honours degree (B.Sc.) in Physiotherapy as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics (H. Dip). In 2008 she was awarded an Irish Research Council fellowship to complete her Ph.D. Through her interest in technology and innovative teaching methods, she helped develop the online Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise. Her research is in the area of exercise and physical activity levels in clinical populations, including those living with chronic communicable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
Mary Lou Galantino - Stockton University, USA
Richard Harding - Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London, United Kingdom
Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco - St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Dawn James - Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Winnipeg
Claire Kendall - Bruyere Institute, Ottawa
David Kietrys - Rutgers University, USA
David Kietrys, PT, PhD, OCS, FCPP is an Associate Professor and Assistant Vice-Chair in the DPT Program at Rutgers – School of Health Professions (NJ, USA). He research focuses on peripheral neuropathy and pain in PLHIV. Dr. Kietrys and colleagues have presented their work at the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, the International Workshop on HIV and Aging, and APTA Combined Sections Meetings. His work has been published in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Oncology. He has authored chapters on HIV in Neurological Rehabilitation, Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist and Peripheral nerve injury: An anatomical and physiological approach to pathology and intervention.
Esther McDonnell - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
Kelly O’Brien - University of Toronto
Adria Quigley - Dalhousie University
Adria is in her third year of her Ph.D in Health at Dalhousie University. She obtained her Master’s in physical therapy from the University of Toronto in 2011, and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She obtained two yoga teacher training certificates and now teaches yoga as part of her thesis project. She feels that yoga is the perfect amalgamation of her physical therapy and mindfulness training. Her current research is an RCT evaluating the impact of a yoga-mindfulness intervention on cognitive function and balance in people living with HIV.
Patty Solomon - McMaster University, Hamilton
Kyle Vader - Kingston Health Sciences Centre-Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston
Caitlin Wharin - Casey House, Toronto
Caitlin Wharin is a physiotherapy resident currently practicing in an interdisciplinary day health program at Casey House in Toronto. Caitlin completed a master’s degree in Neurophysiology from McGill University before completing a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. Prior to joining Casey House, Caitlin had a student placement at Positive Living Niagara in St. Catharines, the first physiotherapy role-emerging placement in a Canadian community-based HIV organization. Her clinical interests are in HIV, disability, and rehabilitation.