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New research and training grants for 2017

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we are proud to announce that the CLF will be awarding 10 new research grants. The grants will fund the work of four senior investigators, one graduate  and five undergraduate  students working with established researchers.  A total of 59 submissions have been received for the three grant categories and our grant review committees will be evaluating the proposals over the coming weeks. Our summer studentships will be awarded in May, the graduate studentship in June and operating grants in July. Stay tuned for details of the important work these grants will be funding!

The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) with support from the CLF has granted four fellowships which will provide one year of funding to train a young physician to become a clinical hepatologist in Canada. This extra training is critical for these individuals to become the eventual local, regional, national and international leaders in hepatology. Two recipients are in Toronto and two in Edmonton and they will begin their training in July. 

Leaders in liver health

Those who devote their careers to bringing liver research to life are truly in a league of their own. Each year, the CLF recognizes the work of both Canadian and world leaders in liver health.  Our 2017 Gold Medal recipient is Dr. Anna Lok from the University of Michigan who has dedicated her career to improving the future for patients with hepatitis B and C and has been instrumental in the testing of new treatments. 

The recipient of the 2016 Sass-Kortsak Award (presented in 2017) for outstanding accomplishment in the field of pediatric hepatology is Dr. Eve Roberts. Dr. Roberts is not only a leader in her field but an outspoken advocate for liver health and a loyal supporter of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

Bringing liver health education to the community

The LIVERight Health Forum in Vancouver attracted 800 people keen to learn about liver disease from some of the province’s top doctors. The forum agenda included presentations on hepatitis C, hepatitis B, fatty liver, children’s liver diseases, liver cancer treatment, cirrhosis and liver-healthy eating. The audience also had the opportunity to ask questions as part of a Q&A session with the guest speakers. To make the content as accessible as possible, the audience could take advantage of live translation into both Cantonese and Mandarin. The next LIVERight Health Forum will be held in Calgary on April 29.




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