In September 2016, Dr. Montaner was awarded the Killam Professorship, the highest honour for a member of faculty by the University of British Columbia.
As part of this honour, Dr. Montaner gave a lecture at the UBC campus in the Okanagan on April 26, 2017, on the success of the TaSP® approach in responding to HIV, and how it can be applied to other infectious diseases like hepatitis C.
“Our strategy should be to reach out to the key populations, engage and sustain them in care and treatment, and monitor their wellbeing. I believe if we do this we will significantly reduce the cases of hepatitis C and prevent re-infections,” says Dr. Montaner. “Beyond the provision of medical treatment there are additional considerations. A comprehensive scope of treatment for particular populations must include wrap-around services to prevent hepatitis C reinfection. We will focus on the interrelated health issues of HCV, addiction, and HIV. Our Hope to Health Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, with support from the BC Government, will serve as the headquarters for the initiative.”