Liver Nurse News - February 2024

Celebrate CAHN’s 25-Year Anniversary At CAHNference 2024

CAHNference 2024

*CAHN Member CAHNference Discount Code*

Log into your CAHN Member Portal to access your discount code. 

This November marks CAHN’s 25th Anniversary! To celebrate, we would like to invite all members to join us for a special Member Appreciation Dinner at the Delta Hotel downtown Calgary on Friday, November 1. This dinner will precede CAHNference 2024 which is planned for the full day, November 2. All members are welcome to attend the dinner regardless of attendance to CAHNference. 

Registration for CAHNference and the Member Appreciation Dinner opens on Saturday March 2, 2024.

We plan to hold a special presentation celebrating CAHN and the wonderful work our volunteers have accomplished over the quarter century, and we will hold the Awards and Recognition Ceremony. It’s sure to be a very memorable, heart-warming event. 

We are excited to report CAHN is in discussion with potential partners to secure a harmoniously compatible partner event during the day on Friday, November 01.

We hope to see you there!

2024 Membership Renewal

2024 Member Benefits

CAHN is run by members for members. Education and patient care are our top priorities. To support this, CAHN offers a generous travel reimbursement benefit to ensure easy access to our educational events, The Canadian Liver Meeting and CAHNference. For 2024, this includes up to $500 in travel reimbursement towards each event plus 50% of one night’s accommodation at CLM and two night’s at CAHNference. Make sure to read the Conference Travel Policy to be aware of eligibility requirements. CAHN members also receive registration discounts to both events and partner events.

CAHN strives to ensure education is accessible to all members, including those who find travel to be a barrier. In 2020 we introduced our first virtual event, which initiated the creation of our new video education library, housing educational content from all of our events since its inception. Members may access this education through their CAHN Member Portal.

The International Presentation Travel Grant (IPTG) will continue for 2024. This year IPTG supported three members to travel to Geneva to present their work at INHSU! These members will be sharing their newfound learnings from the conference with you in upcoming education so stay tuned!

Members may be nominated by their colleagues to receive deserving recognition of the important work they do. Recognition will happen through a heart-warming and meaningful ceremony on Friday, November 1, at this year’s special Member Appriciation dinner in Calgary, AB, preceding CAHNference. We’ve come to know that nurses are humble. And, they deserve recognition! We will be calling for award nominations at the AGM, so come prepared with your inspirational colleague in mind. 

If you are a nurse working in Canada with patients with liver disease, join us in 2024 to receive all of the above and more for only $115

If you are not a nurse, or you practice outside of Canada or you don’t work with patients but would like to access CAHN’s educational events and content, join as a Friend of CAHN for $75. Visit the Membership page to learn more or click the button below to join now.

2024 Annual General Meeting - Register Now!

Register today for CAHN’s virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST. 

Attendance at the AGM entitles you to all the best member benefits including travel reimbursement to CAHN’s 2024 events:

  • The Canadian Liver Meeting March 1-3 in Toronto
  • CAHNference 2024 on November 2 in Calgary

Join the Team

Consider joining CAHN’s executive team either as a board member, a committee chair, or a committee member. Volunteering with CAHN is a rewarding and fun experience. We are looking for people who have about 2 hours per week to dedicate to moving CAHN’s initiatives forward. This is how CAHN is able to bring you the educational content you love. All experience levels are welcome. Having a diverse from across the nation with varying perspectives helps us ensure educational gaps are bridged. 

We are looking for 4 board members, 4 event planning chairs, and 1 or 2 membership chair(s)

If you are interested in joining our team, please indicate so on the AGM registration form or send questions to

*CAHN Member CLM Discount Code*

Log into your CAHN Member Portal to access your discount code. CAHN member registration gives you access to the Canadian Liver Meeting portion (March 1-3, 2024) of this event.

CDDW™-CLM 2024

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Joint 2024 Canadian Digestive Diseases Week™ and Canadian Liver Meeting Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian Liver Meeting (CLM) portion takes place March 1-3, 2024

This conference is a joint effort between the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver, as well as CASL affiliates; including CAHN, the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C, and Canadian NASH Network. 

CLM 2024 is accredited for 18.5 study credits

The Canadian Liver Meeting is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and accredited by the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver. Participants can claim up to a maximum of 18.5 study credits.

Claiming your credits: Visit MAINPORT: to record your learning and outcomes.


Innovations and Strategies toward Hepatitis C Elimination

  • 09:35-10:20 – Towards a Hep C-Free Generation: The Road to HCV Elimination, Dr. Sunil Solomon, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology,
  • 10:20-10:35 – Q&A


Exploring Contemporary Approaches to Managing Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Embracing New Perspectives Amid Obesity Challenges

  • 11:00-11:30 – Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis – Recent Advances in Management and New Horizons, Dr. Hin Hin Ko, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 11:30-12:00 – “In Progress”, Dr. Ian Patton, Director of Advocacy and Public engagement


Equity in Hepatitis and HIV Care: Bridging Gender Gaps and Accessibility Challenges

  • 13:30-14:00 – Addressing Gaps in HCV Care for Women: Strategies for Improvement, Mia Biondi, NP, University Health Network .University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, Omega Specialty Nurses
  • 14:00-14:30 – Access and the Inverse Care Law: Gender Diversity, HIV and Hepatitis, Dr. Greenway, Medical Director, Foria Clinic


Specialized Expertise or Generalist Accessibility? GLP-1 RA for Addressing Obesity, MASH and comorbidities

  • Debate – Only specialists should prescribe for weight management, Dr. Sean Wharton vs. Dr. Giada Sebastiani

HCV Nurses Dinner Symposium

AbbVie extends an invitation to join them on the night of Friday, March 1st, 2024, at 7:30 pm in Toronto, just prior to the CDDW-CLM 2024 for an HCV Nurses Dinner Symposium.

CAHNference Bytes: The Evolving World of NASH Therapeutics

Our interactive online session was held February 21. Presented by Leah Kilvert and Dr. Swain on The Evolving World Of NASH Therapeutics. 

Learning objectives for this Byte included:

  • Understanding the current landscape of NASH therapeutics in Canada
  • Being familiar with the typical patient journey in a clinical research study

Log in to your CAHN member portal to find the recording in the Education Library.

Other Events

DEI in Transplant 2024

The new Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Transplantation: A Global Perspective Conference, taking place September 13 – 14, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario.

This is a first international conference of its kind that will provide a unique opportunity to understand the key challenges faced by transplant providers and patients by gathering International Transplant Leaders, across organ groups, as well as clinicians, surgeons, nurses, researchers, policy makers, and representatives from academic and community-based organizations. Most importantly, it places patients and caregivers at the center of our focus.

Annual Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the Primary Care Practitioner

Sharing the latest clinical updates in GI and liver disease screening, management, and treatment. Improving GI health outcomes in primary care.

Other News

National Nursing Week 2024

The CNA is pleased to officially announce that the theme for National Nursing Week 2024 is Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.

The theme recognizes the tremendous impact that nurses have on individuals, communities, and the future of health care.

INHSU Abstract and scholarship opportunity

Abstracts and scholarships have opened for the 2024 edition of The International Conference on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU 2024), taking place in Athens, Greece, from 8-11 October 2024.

A Message From INHSU:

After two years of nurses-specific networking events and sessions at the conference, we’re very keen to build on this and attract more submissions for abstracts and scholarships from nurses. We were hoping this may be of interest, and invite you to share the information with your team or wider network.

Why submit an abstract to INHSU 2024?

INHSU is the world’s leading conference for people interested in the health and well-being of people who use drugs, with tracks on infectious diseases, drug policy, harm reduction, and more. By submitting an abstract you can showcase your work to over 700+ colleagues from 50+ countries.

The abstract submission deadline is March 3, 2024, 11:59 PM (EET). Learn more:
You can see previous speakers under the program/poster section here:

Apply for a scholarship

We will be offering a number of full or partial scholarships for researchers, community members, practitioners, program workers, and policymakers to attend INHSU 2024. A full scholarship will include conference registration, return economy class flights and accommodation and a partial scholarship will include just the conference registration. Before applying please ensure you have read the selection criteria.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm (EET) Sunday 3 March 2024. Find out more here:
We are also offering a limited-space mentor program for scholarships, and you can find information on the same link.