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2019 Friday


The 2019 Canadian Liver Meeting offers participants with a forum for presentation and discussion of basic science, translational and clinical aspects of liver disease. This is the 2nd year that delegates will receive the opportunity to exchange ideas, promote collaboration and foster knowledge translation among Canadian researchers, healthcare practitioners and community-based groups with interest in Hepatology. 

The program features Canadian and international speakers, the latest research presentations, state of the art symposia, and a wealth of networking opportunities with peers, trainees, allied health practitioners, and industry.

Please note: the session titles and objectives are subject to change.

Friday Saturday Sunday

Friday, May 24 - 8th Canadian Symposium on HCV

7:15 - 8:00 AM

Inscription, Petit Déjeuner

8:00 - 8:15 Am

Welcome and Introductions - Mot de Bienvenue
Naglaa Shoukry, Université de Montréal

Biomedical Research
Co-Chairs: Rod Russell, Memorial University & Vanessa Meier-Stephenson, University of Calgary

8:15 - 8:35 AM

Remaining Challenges in HCV Research
Prof. Ralf Bartenschlager, Heidelberg University

8:35 - 8:55 AM

Single-cell RNA Sequencing to Describe the Cellular Microenvironment of the Liver
Sonya MacParland, University of Toronto

8:55 - 9:15 AM

Questions/Panel Discussion

9:15 - 9:27 AM

Oral Abstract 1

9:27 - 9:39 AM

Oral Abstract 2

9:39 - 9:51 AM

Oral Abstract 3

9:51 - 10:11

Coffee Break - Pause Café

Social, Cultural, Environmental, and Population Health Research
Co-Chairs: Marina Klein, McGill University & Abdool Yasseen, University of Toronto

10:11 - 10:31 Am

Diagnostic Testing for Hepatitis C Infection: Where Are We Now and What Does the Future Hold?
Stuart C. Ray, Johns Hopkins Medicine

10:31 - 10:51 am

Hepatitis C and HIV Testing from Dried Blood Spots: Simplifying Testing to Broaden Community-Based Screening
John Kim, Public Health Agency of Canada

10:51 - 11:12 AM

Questions/Panel Discussion

11:11 - 11:23 AM

Oral Abstract 1

11:23 - 11:35 Am

Oral Abstract 2

11:35 - 11:47 AM

Oral Abstract 3

11:47 - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Poster Session - Diner et Présentation des Affiches

CanhepC evaluation will take place between 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Clinical Research
Co-Chairs: Lisa Barrett, Dalhousie University & Sahar Saeed, McGill University

1:15 - 1:35 PM

Liver Cirrhosis and HCC in Hepatitis C
Hashem B. El-Serag, Baylor College of Medicine

1:35 - 1:55 PM

Liver Fibrosis Staging in Hepatitis C
Keyur Patel, University Health Network

1:55 - 2:15 PM

Questions/Panel Discussion

2:15 - 2:27 PM

Oral Abstract 1

2:27 - 2:39 Pm

Oral Abstract 2

2:39 - 2:51 PM

Oral Abstract 3

2:51 - 3:11 PM

Coffee Break - Pause Café

Health Services Research
Co-Chairs: Naveed Janjua University of British Columbia & Aysegul Erman, University of Toronto

3:11 - 3:31 Pm

Scaling up HCV Screening and Diagnosis to Eliminate HCV
Dr. Jagpreet Chhatwal, Harvard Medical School

3:31 - 3:51 pM

Testing and Linkage with Care Strategies for HCV Among Immigrants and Newcomers
Christina Greenaway, McGill University

3:51 - 4:11 PM

Questions/Panel Discussion

4:11 - 4:23 PM

Oral Abstract 1

4:23 - 4:35 Pm

Oral Abstract 2

4:35 - 5:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Improving Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Linkage to Care: Engaging Peers with Lived Experience in Programming and Research
Moderator: Chris Hoy, CATIE, Knowledge Specialist, Community Hepatitis C Programming

5:15 - 5:25 PM

CanHepC Trainee Awards Ceremony

5:25 - 5:30 PM

CanHepC Symposium Closing Remarks
Selena Sagan & Giada Sebastini, McGill University

5:30 - 5:40 PM

Canadian Liver Meeting Opening Remarks
Dr. Marc Bilodeau, Université de Montreal

5:40 - 6:30 PM

Blueprint to Inform a Hepatitis C Elimination Strategy in Canada
Dr. Jordan Feld, University of Toronto

6:30 PM

Canadian Liver Meeting Opening Reception

Posters can be hung up before lunch time and taken down after mixer.

Organizing Committee - Comité Organisateur

Selena Saga, McGill University, Chair
Giada Sebastiani, McGill University, Co-Chair
Curtis Cooper, University of Ottawa
Melisa Dickie, CATIE
Jordan Feld, University Health Network
Lesley Gallagher, CAHN
Jason Grebely, University of New South Wales

Naveed Janjua, University of British Columbia
Alexandra King, University of Saskatchewan
Naglaa Shoukry, Université de Montréal
Joyce Wilson, University of Saskatchewan
Adelina Artenie, Université de Montréal, Trainee Representative
Brendan Jacka, Université de Montréal, Trainee Representative

For more information please contact Norma Choucha at
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