Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy, a member of the CFRI Interim Leadership team, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013. The medal honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians to their fellow citizens, their communities and to Canada.
Dr. O'Shaughnessy has made significant contributions to HIV/AIDS research. He founded the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) in 1992, at a time when a British Columbian was dying from AIDS almost every day. Now, 20 years later, the BC-CfE is an internationally recognized centre that integrates treatment, education and research, and pioneered the concept of treatment as prevention in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the BC-CfE, Dr. O'Shaughnessy has previously provided leadership as the Vice-President of Research and Tertiary Programs at Providence Health Care, and as the Assistant Dean of Research in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.