Dr. Brian Conway MD, FRCPC is a physician specializing in infectious diseases. He attended medical school at McGill University and graduated in 1982. He completed training in internal medicine (1982-86) and infectious diseases (University of Manitoba, 1986-88). He was then awarded a fellowship in virology at Harvard University (1988-90) before taking on a staff position at the University of Ottawa where he stayed until 1994. He worked at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS until 1998, then at Viridae Clinical Sciences as its medical director until 2000. He then founded the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre (VIDC), of which he is now the president and medical director. VIDC is a non-profit medical research and care society dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel systems of treatment for HIV and HCV infections in vulnerable populations. His group has developed the innovative “four-legged chair” model to address the complex medical, social, psychologic and addiction-related needs of vulnerable inner-city populations. This model is being expanded as part of the response to HCV infection as well as the opioid overdose crisis in British Columbia. Since 2015, VIDC has been designated as the Centre Médical Francophone de Vancouver, responsible for the delivery of French language health care services in downtown Vancouver.
Dr. Brian Conway has led over 200 clinical trials for the evaluation of novel treatment modalities for HIV and HCV. He has published over 150 articles on these topics in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has been the lead Canadian investigator in three recent studies for the treatment of HCV infection in people who inject drugs (PWID), which are CO-STAR, SIMPLIFY, and DEFEAT.
In 2012, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for long-standing and exemplary service to Canada in the field of HIV/AIDS. In 2014, he received the provincial AccolAIDS award for contribution to HIV in the fields of science, research and technology. In 2016, he was recognized by premier Christy Clark for his contribution to the provision of health services in French in British Columbia, to mark the international “journée de la francophonie”.