My clinical research takes place at the Oak Tree Clinic, where a multidisciplinary team provides care to HIV+ women, their partners, and their children, both uninfected and HIV infected. We coordinate a Canadian surveillance program of mother-to-child HIV transmission. In uninfected children born to seropositive mothers, we investigate the potential effects of exposure to anti-HIV drugs during prenatal life on their long term health. In collaboration with a UBC laboratory, we study maternal, placental and infant blood cells for markers of premature aging or mutations.
In children and adolescents living with HIV in BC, we investigate long term effects of HIV infection and the potential effects of medications on bone health and bone acquisition. We participate in multicentre studies, evaluating the response to the HPV vaccine in HIV+ girls and women, or the effectiveness of fish-oil (omega-3) supplements in the treatment of medication-associated high lipids in HIV+ children.