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Current Award Recipients

2019 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Recipient- Dr. Florence Wong

The CLF and CASL are pleased to announce Dr. Florence Wong as the 2019 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Winner. This prestigious award is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in both research and science in hepatology.

Dr. Florence Wong is a Full Professor at the University of Toronto and staff Hepatologist at the Toronto General Hospital in Ontario, Canada. She has been active in research in the pathogenesis of portal hypertension, ascites formation, liver-kidney interaction, including the development of hepatorenal syndrome, and renal failure in cirrhosis for the past 26 years.

She is currently the Deputy Editor of Liver Transplantation and a regular grant reviewer for various international funding agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutions of Health of the USA, the Wellcome Trust of the United Kingdom, Swiss National Science Foundation and The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. Dr. Wong presented her Gold Medal Lecture on ascites and hepatorenal syndrome at the 2019 Canadian Liver Meeting. View the presentation slides here.


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:

September 27 РUniversit̩ de Montr̩al

October 16 – University of Alberta

October 18 – University of Calgary


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.






2018 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 2018 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.