Stan Houston

My over-arching interests are in the care of disadvantaged populations in Africa and other resource-limited settings as well as within our own community. My interest in public health and prevention of communicable diseases really arose from clinical experience with preventable illness.

I have a long standing interest in tuberculosis, in particular program development and implementation in low income countries as well as the interaction with HIV.

As medical program director of the Northern Alberta HIV program, I have an interest in local HIV epidemiology and treatment outcomes here in northern Alberta, but also in rural Uganda.

Finally, I am interested in the exciting progress against malaria, especially in Africa; specifically strategies for making reliable diagnosis and effective treatment accessible for children in rural Africa and developing a better understanding of non-malaria causes of fever and how to address them.


MD, University of Saskatchewan, 1975
DTM&H, University of Liverpool, 1979
FRCPC, Canada, 1985


Adjunct faculty of the year, Department of Public Health Sciences, 2005
Small course teaching award, Public Health Students' Association, 2008
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Faculty of Medicine, 2008


Houston S, Wong T. Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In: Canadian Tuberculosis Standards 7th ed. Ottawa: Health Canada and the Canadian Lung Association 2013.

Bright AT, Alenazi T, Shokoples S, Tarning J, Paganotti GM, White NJ, Houston S, Winzeler EA, Yanow SK. Genetic analysis of primaquine tolerance in a patient with relapsing vivax malaria. Emerg Infect Dis 2013;19(5):802-805.

Charles M, Patterson S, Asadi L and Houston S. Persistent Hemolytic Anemia after Parenteral Therapy with Artesunate for Severe Malaria in a Returning Canadian Traveler. Emerg Infect Dis 2013 in press.

Tran BX, Ohinmaaa A, Mills S, Duong AT, Nguyen LT, Jacobs P, Houston S. Multilevel predictors of confurrent opiod use during methadone maintenance treatment among drug users with HIV/AIDS. PLoS One 2012;7(12):e51569.

Kipp W, Konde-Lule J, Saunders LD, Alibhai A, Houston S, Rubaale T, Senthilselvan A, Okech-Ojony J. Antiretroviral treatment for HIV in rural Uganda: two-year treatment outcomes of a prospective health centre/community-based and hospital-based cohort. PLoS One 2012;7(7):e40902.

Current Projects

Etiologic agents in children presenting with fever in Uganda
Principal Investigator
application submitted to Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Transferring a rural community-based HIV treatment program in Uganda from researchers to local stakeholders
funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research