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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.

Sunday, May 26

7:00 - 8:00 AM

CASL Special Interest Group Meetings

  • HBV


  • Portal Hypertension & Complications of Cirrhosis

7:30 - 9:30 AM

CAHN Annual General Meeting (Members Only)

Montreal 6-7

8:00 - 8:50 am

General Hepatitis Oral Abstract Presentations

Montreal 4-5

  • Vitamin E is an Effective Treatment for NASH in People Living with HIV: The CTN-PT 024 Trial
    Giada Sebastiani, McGill University

  • Why Women Develop Less Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The Centrality of ESR1 and the Estrogen Effect
    Mamatha Bhat, University Health Network

  • CD8+ T-cell Dysfunction in a Murine Model of Liver Fibrosis
    Angela Crawley, University of Ottawa

  • Implementation of a Primary Care Shear-Wave Elastography (SWE)-Based Pathway to Identify Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Patients with Advanced Fibrosis in a Large North American Urban Population
    Abdel Aziz Shaheen, University of Calgary

  • Acyl CoA Thioesterase 1 Promotes Transition from Steatosis to Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis
    Elisa Pasini, University Health Network

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Concurrent Session


Immune Control/Dysfunction & Liver Disease

Montreal 1-3

  • Visualizing the Immune Response in Healthy & Fatty Liver in Live Mice
    Craig Jenne, University of Calgary

  • Mechanisms Linking the Hemostatic System to Pro-Repair Macrophage Activation in Acute Liver Injury
    Jim Luyendyke, Michigan State University

  • Novel HBV Tests & Diagnostics
    Carla Osiowy, Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Progression Towards a Functional Cure for Hepatitis B
    Norah Terrault, USC Keck School of Medicine

End Stage Liver Disease and Liver Transplantation

Montreal 4-5

  • Referral & Optimizing Pre-Transplant in NASH/NAFLD
    Giada Sebastini, McGill University

  • Use of HCV + Organ in Transplant Patients - Kidney and Liver
    Jordan Feld, University Health Network

  • Sex & Gender Differences in Listing & Allocation for Liver Transplant
    Mamatha Bhat, University Health Network

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Break, Posters & Exhibits

10:15 - 11:15 AM

CASL Special Interest Group Meeting

  • Autoimmune Liver Diseases (CaNAL)

11:15 - 12:45 Pm

Gold Medal Lecture & CASL Award Ceremony

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Montreal 4-5

Updates on the Treatments of Ascites and Hepatorenal Syndrome
Florence Wong, University of Toronto

12:00 - 12:45 PM

Montreal 4-5

CASL Awards and Conference Closing



CASL Awards and Conference Closing

Thank you for attending the 2019 Canadian Liver Meeting! Grab your lunch-to-go on your way out.