Liver Nurse News - May 2024

Welcoming CAHN’s new executive team and celebrating National Nursing Week!

Message from Lindsey Myles , CAHN’s new President

I am privileged to begin the term of president of a national organization that represents such a vibrant community of hepatology nurses. I would like to thank Lisa Douglas for her leadership and vision and for her continued mentorship with this new role!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of CAHN and looking forward to coming together to celebrate in November at CAHNference in Calgary, Alberta to mark this momentous occasion. I hope to see many of you there to share memories and milestones that have brought us to where we are today. I am excited to work with you in the upcoming term and continue to create a collective impact not only on those we care for living with liver diseases, but also our fellow health care colleagues and society.

Message from Lisa Douglas, CAHN’s Past President

It has been my great pleasure to serve as CAHN President. Together, we have continued to move the inspiring field of hepatology nursing forward!  
This is an exciting time for hepatology nursing. We are seeing shifts in traditional hepatology nursing roles, the development of innovative models of nursing care, and a continued focus on connecting with clients from complex medical and social backgrounds. Hepatology nursing is grounded in the art of adaptation and I know going forward, CAHN will continue to forge a path that we can be proud to walk along.

2024 Annual General Meeting

Four board of directors were elected at CAHN’s Annual General Meeting which took place virtually on March 15. The new board met shortly after to appoint committee chairs who will be announced in the next newsletter. Working committees are now being assembled and some have already started planning. Thank you to everyone who put their name forward as a volunteer. It is through the passion and dedication of volunteers that CAHN is able to bring education to members! 

Welcome CAHNs 2024 Executive Team!

CAHNference 2024

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This November marks CAHN’s 25th Anniversary! Members are invited to a special Member Appreciation Dinner at the Delta Hotel downtown Calgary on Friday, November 1 to celebrate.  CAHNference 2024 begins the next morning, November 2nd,  in the same venue. Program planning is underway. Watch for updates at

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Gathering to Share Indigenous Knowledge Symposium to be held on Friday, November 1st. 

Delegates from both symposia are invited to a combined, complimentary networking event preceding the CAHN member-only Celebration Dinner.

We hope to see you there!

2024 CLM Summary

This year’s CLM conference took place in beautiful Toronto, Ontario. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in content from CAHN, as well as the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. The meeting provided great networking opportunities within a diverse community to exchange knowledge, ultimately improving the quality of life among people affected by liver and GI-related diseases.

CAHN started the 2024 session on Saturday morning with Dr. Sunil Solomon, who presented an engaging and insightful update on the path towards HCV Elimination. The second session in CAHN’s program featured Dr. Hin Hin Ko presenting recent advances and new horizons in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, as well as Dr. Ian Patton who shared insights on Obesity, Stigma and the Patient Journey. Our afternoon session highlighted Equity in Hepatitis and HIV Care with presentations by CAHN member Mia Biondi and Dr. Kate Greenaway, covering topics including gender diversity, special populations and accessibility.

To cap off CAHN’s program, our highly anticipated annual debate for 2024 was between Dr. Sean Wharton and Dr. Giada Sebastiani – with the topic ‘Only Specialists Should Prescribe for Weight Management’. The debate was well attended, with compelling and informative arguments given from both sides.

CASL - Distinguished Services Award - Colina Yim

We were very excited to watch our colleague, friend and CAHN founding member Colina Yim, as she was presented with the CASL Distinguished Service Award, awarded to a CASL member in recognition of their outstanding contributions to CASL and the field of liver disease in Canada. Colina has had a long and rewarding career as a Staff Nurse Practitioner at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic specializing in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Advanced Liver Disease Management while contributing to the Chinese Hepatitis B Education Peer Support Group.

News and Events

National Nursing Week 2024

2024 National Nursing Week took place May 6 to 12! Honoring the amazing contribution of nurses everywhere.
This year’s theme reconized the contributions and the tremendous impact that nurses have on individuals, communities, and the future of health care.

Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA) 2024

Co-organized by SOLDA and Academic Medical Education in close collaboration with regional societies, COLDA 2024 aims at empowering healthcare professionals (HCPs) to diagnose, prevent, treat, and achieve a cure for liver diseases for the benefit of patients in Africa.


Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) Special Topic Conference (STC) 2024 on Hepatocellular Carcinoma. 

The event, dedicated to the exploration of advancements in liver cancer research and treatment, will be held in conjunction with the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA) at the Hilton Toronto – 145 Richmond Street West in Toronto on October 19th and 20th, 2024.

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