May 24-26, 2019, The Canadian Liver Meeting in Montreal
This year the Canadian Liver Meeting was held in Montreal from May 24-26. This may have been the most exciting meeting yet!
Friday’s CanHepC meeting did not disappoint with the Biomedical, Social, Clinic, and Health Research streams – with a focus on HCV diagnostics, engaging priority populations, and scaling up screening, linkage and treatment to work towards elimination.
Following the Canadian Liver Meeting opening remarks, on behalf of the Blueprint Writing Committee, which CAHN was a major stakeholder, Dr. Jordan Feld presented the Blueprint to Inform Hepatitis C Elimination Efforts in Canada. If you were not able to join, you can watch and download from: https://www.canhepc.ca/en.
Saturday morning, the Hepatitis C public health session entitled Innovative Approaches to Enhance Testing, Linkage to Care and Treatment for HCV Infection, featured multiple models of care, including nurse-led. Following, we kicked off our CAHN sessions with two specular speakers – Elizaebth Lee, NP and Chantal Bemeur, RD who updates us on hepatic encephopathy and nutrition in liver disease respectively.
Our afternoon session honed in on the unique approaches nurses across Canada bring to HCV testing, linkage, and treatment. This session was standing room only – which speaks to the central nature of nurses in HCV care. We ended our CAHN session with a lively debate between Ed Tam and David Wong – full of good science, whit, and humor.
On Sunday our AGM highlighted new initiatives CAHN will be involved in such as CanNASH. Congrats to our newly elected President and Board members, as well as all those who won CAHN awards.