Dr. Julio Montaner is a B.C. clinician and researcher, who has been recognized by the international community as a leader in the field of HIV for over 20 years.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Montaner’s achievements have benefited thousands of British Columbians, as well as people living with HIV across the globe.
Among his many achievements, Dr. Montaner helped pioneer a “made in B.C.” gold standard treatment for HIV, the Highly Active Anti-retro-viral Therapy – an achievement that has saved thousands of lives.
Dr. Montaner has played a pivotal role in establishing and evaluating the effectiveness of Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site, which supports hundreds of people who use injection drugs in Vancouver.
Currently, Dr. Montaner is leading scientific inquiry to determine if increasing HIV treatment coverage among affected individuals can reduce HIV transmission, a treatment that could offer new hope in the global battle against AIDS.
Dr. Montaner has published widely, authoring more than 400 scientific publications on HIV/AIDS.
His work along with his research colleagues has been recognised internationally through many prestigious research grants including a 2.5-million-dollar award by the National Institute for Drug Abuse at the US-NIH, and the Sanofi Pasteur Award, which recognizes Canadians who make a difference in conquering HIV/AIDS.