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2019 Program 

saturday, may 25, 2019

7:00 AM - 4:00
Registration Open

7:00 - 7:45 AM
Breakfast Symposia

Palliative Care in Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease/Cases
Cynthia Tsien, University of Ottawa

Difficult Cases in Treating Patients with Hepatitis C
Matthew Sadler, Foothills Medical Center & Curtis Cooper, University of Ottawa

7:00 - 8:00 AM
CASL Special Interest Group Meeting

  • CanNASH
  • To learn more about CanNASH click here

8:00 - 9:15 AM
Concurrent Sessions

  • Public Heath: Innovative Approaches to Enhance Testing, Linkage to Care and Treatment for HCV Infection

    • Introduction and Setting the Scene
      Jason Grebely, Canadian Network on Hepatitis C and UNSW Sydney, Australia
    • Nurse Led HCV Micro-Elimination Outreach Project for People with Unstable Housing and Homelessness in Victoria BC
      Tamara Barnett, Cool Aid
    • Enhancing Care for HCV Infection in Prisons in Eastern Canada
      Lisa Barrett, Dalhousie University
    • Accelerated Pre-Treatment Evaluation for Persons who Inject Drugs Disengaged from the Healthcare System in Montréal
      Lisa Barrett, Dalhousie University
  • Basic/Translational: Molecular Mechanisms of HCC in Viral and Non-Viral Hepatitis

    • Molecular mechanism of HCC in Viral Hepatitis
      Ralf Bartenschlager, Heidelberg University
    • Metabolic Profiling of HCC: In Vitro & In Vivo Models of HCC
      Marc Bilodeau, University of Montreal
    • The Role of the Inflammasome in Gastrointestinal Cancers and Liver Metastasis
      Maya Saleh, McGill University
    • New Medical Therapies for HCC
      Hélène Castel, University of Montreal 

Concurrent Sessions 

  • CAHN Sessions 

    • Welcome 
      Donna Zukowski, CAHN President
      Session Moderator: Mary Guyton
    • Nutrition in Liver Disease: Practical Counseling Tips
      Chantal Bemeur, University of Montreal 
    • Hepatic Encephalopathy: Nursing Interventions 
      Elizabeth Lee, University Health Network 
  • Viral Hepatitis Oral Abstract Presentations

    • Incidence and Predictors of Flares after Stopping Nucleos(t)ide Analogue Therapy in HBeAg Negative Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B: Results from the Randomized Controlled STOP Study
      Scott Fung, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease
    • Global Real World Evidence of Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir as a Simple, Effective Regimen for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C patients: Integrated Analysis of 12 Clinical Practice Cohorts
      Alnoor Ramji, University of British Columbia
    • Results of a Birth Cohort Hepatitis C Screening Program in an Academic Emergency Department in Canada
      Camelia Capraru, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease/VIRCAN, UHN
    • Noninvasive Prediction of Esophageal Varices by Liver Stiffness Measurement and Platelet Count in 590 HIV-Infected Cirrhotic Patients With and Without HCV Coinfection: Multicenter Validation of Baveno VI Criteria
      Giada Sebastiani, McGill University
    • Prenatal HBsAg Screening Rates and Follow-up DNA Testing Low in Ontario
      Mia Biondi, Toronto General Hospital, UHN

10:15 - 10:45 AM
Break, Poster, & Exhibit Viewing

10:45 - 12:30 PM
Concurrent Session

  • Mechanisms of Liver Injury & Repair in NAFLD & Viral Hepatitis 

    • Immunopathogenesis of Hepatitis B
      Adam Gehring, University of Toronto
    • Analysis of Virus Induced Mechanisms of Programmed Cell Death
      Rodney Russell, Memorial University
    • The Liver as Frontline Immune Organ
      Craig Jenne, University of Calgary
    • Insulin Signaling in NAFLD & NAFLD-related HCC
      Jennifer Estall, McGill University
  • New Clinical Developments 

    • NAFLD
      Saumya Jayakumar, University of Calgary
    • Alcohol
      Gyongyi Szabo, University of Alberta Hospital
    • Viral Hepatitis
      Mark Sulkowski, Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • The Challenge of Fontan Associated Liver Disease
      Beverley Kok, University of Alberta Hospital

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lunch, Poster & Exhibit Viewing 

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Session

  • Evolving Evidence in Liver Disease Pathogenesis and Best Clinical Management 

    • Novel Mechanisms Linking Blood Coagulation to Liver Injury and Regeneration
      Jim Luyendyke, Michigan State University
    • Overview of Hepatitis B Reactivation: Current Concepts, Molecular Mechanisms and Management
      Norah Terrault, USC Keck School of Medicine
    • Translational Research in Alcoholic Hepatitis from iTeam (NIH Consortium)
      Gyongyi Szabo, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    • HCV Treatment in HCC: Yes or No? A Debate
      David Wong, University of Toronto vs. Kelly Burak, University of Calgary
  • Public Health and Best Practice Clinical Management

    • Nutrition Updates in NAFLD and Cirrhosis
      Maitreyi Raman, University of Calgary
    • Public Health Approaches In Childhood Obesity
      Shazhan Amed, University of British Columbia
    • Up-to-Date Diagnosis & Management of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome and Portopulmonary Hypertension
      Samir Gupta, University of Toronto

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Break, Poster & Exhibit Viewing 

3:30 - 5:00 PM
CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Lecture & Pediatric Symposium

  • CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Lecture
    Fernando Alvarez, CHU-Sainte Justine
  • Biliary Atresia in Long-Term Kasai Survivors
    Richard Schreiber, University of British Columbia
  • Primary Scelrosing Cholangitis
    Orlee Guttman, University of British Columbia
    Aldo Montano-Loza, University of Alberta
  • Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis in the Long-Term Outcome of Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
    Steve Martin, University of Calgary

3:30 - 4:30 PM
CAHN Session
HCV Models of Care Among Priority Populations: Nursing Practice and Pearls
Chair: Mia Biondi

  • Prison System Dennaye Fuchs,
    Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Supervised Injection/Overdose Prevention
    Bernadette Lettner & Kate Mason, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
  • Reaching Homeless Populations
    Jacqueline Atkinson, Mobile Outreach Street Health
  • Newcomer HCV Linkage
    Jeanette Feizi Farivar, GI Research Institute

4:30 - 5:00 PM
The Next Liver Disease of Focus: Alcohol or NASH? A Debate
David Wong, University Health network
Edward Tam, Lair Centre Chair: Colina Yim, University Health Network

5:00 PM
CASL Annual General Meeting (CASL Members Only)