National Laboratory for HIV Immunology

Laboratory Details

Division:
National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories
Address:
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3R2
Phone:
(204) 789-6482
Fax:
(204) 318-2221
Description:

The National Laboratory for HIV Immunology (NLHI), is the national resource for HIV Immunology.  This program contributes to the global effort against the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing testing programs for markers of progression to AIDS. It also provides leadership on how to best measure markers of HIV disease progression. Finally, it conducts research on ways to stop HIV transmission and progression to AIDS.

These activities are achieved in several ways:

  • Reference services - a national proficiency program to monitor immune markers of HIV disease and progression to AIDS
  • International leadership - assisting resource poor regions hardest hit by the HIV pandemic by helping them better measure CD4 T cell numbers as well as viral load through an International proficiency program QASI [QASI-LI (Leucocyte Immunophenotyping) and QASI-VL (Viral Load)].  In addition, providing assurance to resource-challenged regions that testing for HIV in infants is reliable and accurate [QASI-EID (Early Infant Diagnosis)]
  • Leadership and support to the HIV community by evaluating new technologies for monitoring HIV/AIDS disease progression
  • Basic research to expand the knowledge base of HIV/AIDS in the international scientific community by defining immune control of HIV disease progression; by working towards HIV vaccine and therapeutic development to better understand mucosal immunity or resistance to HIV transmission; by conducting studies to improve diagnostics in HIV infected subjects to understand HIV/TB co-infection, a significant global public health concern
  • Basic research in understanding factors involved in HIV/STBBI co-infection that impact HIV disease progression
  • Efforts to expand operations from international programs (QASI) to remote and Northern regions of Canada through development of HIV ToolKit

Proficiency Panels

Proficiency Panels
Proficiency Panel Pathogen
CIQAP (Canadian Immunology Quality Assessment Program) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
QASI (Quality Assessment Program for Standardization of Indicators Relevant to HIV/AIDS) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Proficiency Panel Reports

Requisition Form

Reference Diagnostic Tests