50 years of bringing liver research to life

Group of CLF volunteers in 1990

50 years of bringing liver research to life for all Canadians

It’s likely you’ve heard this scenario before. A small number of passionate and determined people join together and are driven to make a meaningful change in the world around them. That is the formula that sparked the creation of the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) 50 years ago.

Back in 1969, hepatology was not a recognized field of study, and many of the most prevalent types of liver disease had not even been identified. If you had liver disease, it was very likely that you would go undiagnosed. Few diagnostic tests existed; there were no CT cans, MRIs or even ultrasounds. Additionally, there were almost no effective treatments.

Our forward-thinking founders established the CLF as the first organization in the world dedicated to funding research and education into all forms of liver disease. 50 years later, our efforts have led to breakthroughs in liver research, changes in health policy, on-going education for hepatologists, and free support services for patients and caregivers in need.

Throughout this celebration of 50 years, we want to thank our past and current volunteer family and invite you to join us on the forefront of change for the next 50 years to come.

From now until the end of you the year, we will be sharing with you treasures of our history and memorable moments that have led us to where we are today. Please visit this page regularly to learn more about the great achievements we have accomplished thanks to you.

Volunteers are vital to supporting patients living with liver disease. Join us today, become a CLF volunteer!

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50 years of bringing liver research to life

1969
1969

The Canadian Liver Foundation Opens Its Doors

The Canadian Liver Foundation Opens Its Doors

In the beginning; 50 years of bringing liver research to life for all Canadians Over the last 50 years, there has been significant progress into the prevention, treatment and discovery of cures for liver diseases.  From humble beginnings, such as attempting to understand how the liver functions, every discovery made..Read More

1971
1971

The first CLF Summer Studentship is awarded to future world-renowned liver specialist, Gary Levy

The first CLF Summer Studentship is awarded to future world-renowned liver specialist, Gary Levy

Investing in the future of liver researchers If one individual is living proof of the Canadian Liver Foundation’s (CLF) ability to invest in inspiring young medical students, it is surely Dr. Gary Levy, former director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network (UHN). Having already expressed a..Read More

1983
1983

Established the CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award

Established the CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award

The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) was the first organization in the world committed to promoting liver health and fighting liver disease through research and education. Recognizing the need to honour outstanding achievements in research and science, the CLF established the Gold Medal Award in 1983, and it is now co-presented..Read More

1986
1986

The First CLF Chapter Outside Of Toronto Is Chartered In Calgary, AB.

The First CLF Chapter Outside Of Toronto Is Chartered In Calgary, AB.

The First CLF Chapter in Calgary, AB The first of (what would become many) local chapters of the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) was formed in Calgary in July of 1986 by concerned parents and friends showing support to their loved one, Annette Martin. Annette sadly lost her son Craig due..Read More

Please visit this section again soon to read more about the great achievements we have accomplished, new articles will be added regularly.

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50th Anniversary Video

balloons holding a number 50

Thank you everyone for submitting your own “Happy Birthday” video clip. Stay tuned for video updates.

Please note that due to the numerous responses we received, we may not be able to feature all submissions in our final video. Thank you everyone for your support.

Videos & Public Service Announcements (PSAs) 

50 years have brought positive changes to the face of liver disease, but there is still so much more to be accomplished. We’re confident that our next 50 years will be as exciting as the last and we’re even more excited to think that you might join the CLF’s growing volunteer team and be a part of our shared history.