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CASL presents a number of awards to recognize exceptional scholarship, teaching, research, volunteer service, and support for Canadian hepatology:


CASL Distinguished Service and Meritorious Achievement Award

The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver presents this award annually to recognize a member who has made significant contributions to CASL and to the Canadian Liver community.

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Education Excellence Award

Founded in 2017, this annual award recognizes CASL members who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activities, leadership in medical education, significant involvement in the development and/or implementation of educational programs and innovations, excellence in teaching, and a commitment to administrative duties relating to medical education.

2018 Nominations now open!  Please view the Award Guidelines for more information on the nomination requirements, process and deadlines.

CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award

The Gold Medal Award was established by the Canadian Liver Foundation in 1983 as a lecture sponsorship program. The recipient, a scientist who had made or was making an outstanding contribution to liver research, was invited as a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Annual Conference. The first recipient was Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou of Paris, France.  As of 1996, the medalist is invited as a guest lecturer at the Canadian Liver Meeting (formerly presented as part of the CASL programming at the Canadian Digestive Disease Week (CDDW)) and is co-presented by the CLF and CASL with a Gold Medal and commemorative plaque. The award is recognized as the CLF-CASL Gold Medal.

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Research Excellence Award

Established in 2017, this award recognizes a CASL member who exemplifies research excellence, including but not limited to the development and/or implementation of research innovations and programs at the local, provincial and national level; publication of high-impact scholarship; and a demonstrated commitment to administrative duties that foster Canadian hepatology research.


CASL-CLF Sass Kortsak Award

In 1990, the Canadian Liver Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), created the Sass-Kortsak Award to honour the late Dr. Sass-Kortsak who made tremendous contributions to the field of hepatology and did much to further the work of the Foundation. The award is presented every two years and the recipient is invited to lecture at the Canadian Liver Meeting.

Previous Recipients

CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship

The CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship Award recognizes a CASL member who is an outstanding individual and an excellent communicator in the field of hepatology, with an interest in clinical, basic science or translation liver research.  The award recipient will deliver at least four state-of-the-art lectures at centers across Canada during the award tenure, and will participate in undergraduate and postgraduate liver education as well as the exchange of ideas with staff, researchers, trainees and students.