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Current Award Recipients

2020 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Recipient –

Dr. Thomas I Michalak

The CLF and CASL are pleased to announce Dr. Thomas I Michalak as the 2020 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Winner. This prestigious award is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in both research and science in hepatology.

Dr. Michalak has led a multidisciplinary research group in virology and hepatology at the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, Newfoundland since 1985.  He is an international authority in the field of viral hepatitis and liver diseases, whose groundbreaking discoveries have changed fundamental concepts about the nature of hepatitis B and C viral infections, and have a direct impact on the diagnosis of clinically silent infections caused by those viruses, and on the safety of organ transplantation and blood supply.

His contributions were recognized by the Senior (Tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Viral Hepatitis/Immunology (2001-2015), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his role in the fight against liver diseases (2012), induction to fellowships of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) (2014) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD) (2014), appointment as the University Research Professor at Memorial University (2016), selection as a recipient of the Canadian Liver Foundation 50th Anniversary  Recognition Medal (2019), and other honours.

Dr. Michalak will present his Gold Medal Lecture at the 2020 Canadian Liver Meeting.


2019 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship – Dr. Paul Adams

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Adams is the recipient of the 2019 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship Award. 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.

Dr. Adams is available to deliver state-of-the-art lectures across Canada during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Don’t miss the following lectures, with more dates to be confirmed in early 2020:

September 27 РUniversit̩ de Montr̩al

October 16 – University of Alberta

October 18 – University of Calgary

February 18 – Queen’s University


2019 Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Eberhard Renner

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eberhard (Ebi) Renner is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service 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.






2019 Research Excellence Award – Dr. Sonya MacParland and Dr. Ian McGilvray

We are pleased to announce Sonya MacParland and Ian McGilvray as the recipients of the 2019 Research Excellence Award, recognized for their outstanding article Single cell RNA sequencing of human liver reveals distinct intrahepatic macrophage populations, published in Nature Communications 9 (2018).



2018 CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award – Dr. Fernando Alvarez

We are pleased to announce Dr. Fernando Alvarez as the winner of the 2018 CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award. Created in 1990 to honour the late Dr. Sass-Kortsak contributions to the field of hepatology and the Foundation, this award is presented every two years and the recipient is invited to lecture at the Canadian Liver Meeting. Dr. Alvarez’s Sass-Kortsak lecture gave a detailed review of the pathogenesis of autoimmune hepatitis and new approaches to treatment for pediatric patients. View the presentation slides here.