Liver Nurse News - January 2024

Welcome 2024!

Celebrate CAHN's 25-Year Anniversary at CAHNference 2024

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. 

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 hope to see there!

Registration for both events will open soon. To ensure your invitation is received, add admin@cahn.ca to your list of safe senders.

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 admin@cahn.ca.

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. 

*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.  Early-bird registration ends Dec 13.

CAHN CDDW™-CLM Program

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.

2024 CAHNference Bytes

IPTG Recipients Report Back on INHSU 2023

Our interactive online session was held January 22. We heard from this year’s IPTG recipients as they shared highlights from their conference presentations as well as reflections on their experiences at INHSU 2023 in Geneva. Log in to your CAHN member portal to find the recording in the Education Library. 

The Evolving World of NASH Therapeutics

Join us February 21 at 4:00 PM EST for an interactive online session with Leah Kilvert and Dr. Swain on The Evolving World Of NASH Therapeutics.

Learning objectives for this Byte:

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

We are excited to announce CAHN's first Education Initiative Focus Group

The focus group is for those who are interested in providing in-depth feedback on CAHN’s education resources and helping the Education team strategize about future education initiatives. This will be a 60-90 minute virtual session. An honorarium will be provided for your time.

The focus group will take place February 6th at 3pm PST/4pm MST/6pm EST.

Other Events

May 3-4, 2024 in Barcelona Spain + Virtual

The Innovations in NAFLD Care (INCBCN) Workshop 2024 will take place as a hybrid workshop in Barcelona, Spain. Delegates will be able to attend either in person in Barcelona or virtually from their computer. This workshop provides a platform to bring together the relevant stakeholders and patients to optimize NAFLD care.

Other News

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: https://www.inhsu.org/inhsu-2024/abstract-submissions/
You can see previous speakers under the program/poster section here: https://www.inhsu.org/inhsu-2023/

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: https://www.inhsu.org/inhsu-2024/inhsu-2024-scholarships/
We are also offering a limited-space mentor program for scholarships, and you can find information on the same link.

FINDINGS FROM THE GLOBAL HEPATITIS SUMMIT

INHSU, in collaboration with the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE), FIND, The Kirby Institute, UNSW, and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), announces the release of a comprehensive report following the INHSU Hepatitis C Point-of-Care Testing Forum, held during the Global Hepatitis Summit in Paris in April 2023.

Hiring: Knowledge Specialist, Hepatitis C

CATIE is currently looking to fill the following position: Knowledge Specialist, Hepatitis C

Primary Role: The Knowledge Specialist, Hepatitis C will act as the primary resource within CATIE for current biomedical hepatitis C information. This will include reviewing and analyzing research; leading the development of hepatitis C knowledge products for service providers and clients; synthesizing evidence into CATIE’s core knowledge exchange vehicles; and, supporting the uptake of hepatitis C knowledge across the organization and with external stakeholders. This full-time position is supervised by the Manager, Hepatitis C Knowledge Mobilization. The location of this position is flexible, and can be full-time remote or a combination of full-time remote and at the CATIE office in Toronto.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

To become a sponsor for 2024 please email president@cahn.ca