Dr. Mark Tyndall Honoured at AccolAIDS Gala

Vancouver, April 21, 2009 — Dr. Mark Tyndall, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Providence Health Care, was presented with an AccolAIDS Award last night at the 8th Annual AccolAIDS Awards Gala.
Presented by the British Columbia Person’s With AIDS (BCPWA) Society, the AccolAIDS Awards honour the extraordinary achievements and dedication of organizations, businesses, groups and individuals responding to the AIDS epidemic in British Columbia, and the thousands of people living in B.C. who are affected.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Tyndall has led a number of prospective cohort studies in the Downtown Eastside including the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), the Community Health and Safety Evaluation (CHASE), the Evaluation of the Supervised Injection Site, the MAKA Project - a study of women who work in the sex trade, and the STEP study that was part of an international preventative HIV vaccine trial. He has also led a number of clinical studies through clinic work at the Vancouver Native Health and the Downtown Community Health Clinic (DCHC).

“I am very happy to receive this AccolAIDS award that recognizes the research programs around HIV transmission and prevention focused on marginalized men and women living in Vancouver. The research has only been possible through the efforts of many academic colleagues and community partners that I have had the privilege to work with over the years,” said Dr. Tyndall. “Although ongoing research is key to determining the best ways to reduce HIV transmission and optimize care for those already infected, translating what we know into better programs and policy is critical.”

Dr. Tyndall was recognized in the category of Science, Research & Technology, a class that recognizes achievements in the areas of research, technology, traditional or complementary treatments and/or the application of such advances in clinical practice that have improved the lives or circumstances of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Providence Health Care is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,200 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to patients and residents in British Columbia. Providence’s programs and services span the complete continuum of care and serve people throughout B.C. As a renowned academic health science leader, PHC operates one of two teaching hospitals in the province, performs cutting-edge research in more than 30 clinical specialties, and focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health.