VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2013) - Genome British Columbia and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) have joined forces to announce a significant step in applying the power of genomics to HIV/AIDS. This new research project based in downtown Vancouver capitalizes on BC-based expertise and novel technology.

Learn how genomics is changing the way we treat HIV/AIDS.

WHAT An opportunity to interview the researchers and funder behind this innovative project
WHEN Interviews available Wednesday, September 18 2013 from 10:00am to 3:00pm by appointment only
WHERE BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
-- Dr. Richard Harrigan, Project Lead, Director of the Laboratory Program and head of genomics research at the BC-CfE
-- Dr. Julio Montaner, Project co-lead, Director of the BC-CfE and the Director of AIDS Research and Head of the Division of AIDS in the UBC Faculty of Medicine
-- Mr. Walter Hiebert, HIV patient
-- Dr. Brad Popovich, Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

B-Roll video and still photos of Drs. Harrigan and Montaner, and the BC-CfE are available to print and broadcast media.

About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada's West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $625M in research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

About the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS:

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is Canada's largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility and is internationally recognized as an innovative world leader in combating HIV/AIDS and related diseases. BC-CfE is based at St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care, a teaching hospital of the University of British Columbia. The BC-CfE works in close collaboration with key provincial stakeholders, including health authorities, health care providers, academics from other institutions, and the community to decrease the health burden of HIV and AIDS. By developing, monitoring and disseminating comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related illnesses, the BC-CfE helps improve the health of British Columbians living with HIV.

Contact Information:

Genome British Columbia
Jennifer Boon
Communications Specialist

BC Centre for Excellence
Kevin Hollett
Communications Coordinator
604-682-2344 x 66536