50 years of bringing liver research to life

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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, or if you were fortunate enough to have a doctor that could source the problem, his or her first assumption would have probably been that you were a heavy drinker. 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.

Together with our devoted volunteers and frontline staff, our mission of bringing liver research to life for all Canadians continues to shine.

This is our story.

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50 years of bringing liver research to life

1969
1969

The Canadian Liver Foundation Opens It’s Doors

The Canadian Liver Foundation Opens It’s 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

Recognizing the need to honour outstanding achievements in research and science, the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) established the Gold Medal Award. The award was first presented to Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou, one of France’s most prominent hepatologists in history. Dr...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

1990
1990

Established the CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award

Established the CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award

The CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award It takes a special person to provide care for children living with liver disease with such kindness, passion and sensitivity. By all accounts, this was the kind of man Dr. Andrew Sass-Kortsak of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, was through and through. A world-renowned..Read More

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