Advancing Treatment, Care, and Prevention Through Research

SHARE: ​Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour

SHARE was founded in 2011 as a research cooperative between research clinicians working at the University of Saskatchewan. Over the last number of years the people at SHARE have worked hard to expand this cooperative into a nonprofit research group that is focused on building research capacity in Saskatchewan and providing evidence-based support and solutions to key issues impacting HIV treatment, care, and preventative programming throughout the province. Working strategically with clinicians, policy makers, healthcare professionals, and community organizations, SHARE is using research to help inform, guide, and determine best practices that will have the strongest opportunity to improve the lives of people living with HIV in Saskatchewan.

Stephen Sanche, MD
Dr. Sanche received his MD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, where he also completed core Internal Medicine training.  Steve pursued specialty training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, followed by additional training at the San Antonio Center for Medical Mycology.  He returned to Saskatoon in 1998, where he is the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Acting Head of Clinical Microbiology and Medical Lead for the Positive Living (HIV and chronic viral hepatitis) Program. He has active clinical practices in both ID and Medical Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan, with a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of infections in immunocompromised individuals.

Linda Chelico, Associate Professor

Linda Chelico received her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Saskatchewan. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California, she accepted a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor. Linda runs a research lab where she trains M.Sc., Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research regarding the interaction of HIV with the human immune system. Research projects span biomedical research aimed at understanding virus-host interactions, biochemical and structural studies on host and viral proteins, and development of new HIV therapies. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). She has served on CIHR grant review panels, regularly reviews manuscripts for multiple journals, and has published numerous research articles that have improved our understanding of the intrinsic barriers that HIV must overcome to replicate in CD4+ T cells.

Kris Stewart, MD FRCPC
Dr. Stewart is an internal medicine physician with a clinical and research focus in HIV, HCV and TB. In addition to his research activities with SHARE, Dr Stewart conducts HIV and HCV clinics in Saskatoon, in federal corrections and at several communities in Northern Saskatchewan. He is the clinical lead for Saskatchewan TB Prevention and Control and attends TB clinics around the province.  Kris is also the founding director of the Saskatchewan Infectious Disease Care Network (SIDCN), a partner organization of SHARE, which implements programs in the province to improve HIV and HCV awareness, education and care. Implementation and evaluation of strategies to enhance engagement and retention of vulnerable patients with the use of novel technologies is a special interest of Kris'.

community

Collaborating and contributing with local and national organizations to help build research capacity in Saskatchewan. 

Projects

Investigators and co-investigators on more than 20 research projects in the last 4 years has made SHARE is a provincial leader in HIV research.

Mission

Explore and examine ways to improve treatment and care for people living with HIV and enhance HIV prevention strategies in Saskatchewan.

share co-leads

Sugandhi has worked in the field of HIV since 2003, beginning with a position at the Native Friendship Centre in Montreal as the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Coordinator. She has also worked at CTAC (Canadian Treatment Action Council), CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and, up until her recent return to academia, was the Prairie HIV/HCV Educator at CATIE. Sugandhi moved to Saskatoon in 2010 to begin a Master’s program in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University and is currently finishing up her PhD, a mixed methods study of built environments and healthy food access. She volunteers on the board of the Canadian Women’s Health Network and has previously served on the board of ASAAP, the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. She is the inaugural President of the City Centre Food Cooperative, a local initiative to provide affordable fresh food to Saskatoon’s downtown and surrounding areas. She also knits. A lot.

​Sugandhi del Canto, PhD(c)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE