National PBC Patient Conference

June 7 – 9, 2019 — Toronto, Ont.

Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites — 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ont. — (905) 677-9900

Living Well with PBC

The Canadian PBC Society brings together internationally recognized PBC researchers and clinicians for two days of patient-centered presentations and discussions. Learn from the experts about the latest treatments and research and how to live well with PBC. This conference will be a great opportunity to meet other PBC patients from across the country.



4:00 – 9:00 PM

Registration & Meet and Greet Reception


8:00 – 9:00 AM

Buffet breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 AM

Conference introduction

9:15 – 9:45

Patient/Physician “Give and Take” with Dr. Gideon Hirschfield (Chair, Autoimmune Liver Disease Program, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease)

An interactive discussion of PBC: where we’ve been, what we understand and where we’re going from here.

9:45 – 10:45

PBC Causes & Concerns – what the research is telling us

An expert panel including Dr. Andy Mason (University of Alberta), Dr. Mark Swain (University of Calgary) and Dr. Paul Marotta (London Health Science Centre) – moderated by Dr. Gideon Hirschfield

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

How to live better with PBC

An opportunity to meet and hear from other PBC patients and share ideas for living better with PBC.

12:00– 1:00

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45

Managing your PBC

A “fireside chat” with Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein (Toronto Centre for Liver Disease), Dr. J.P. Wallach (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Magnus McLeod (Dalhousie University). Hear about some of the techniques and treatments for successfully managing your PBC – followed by an audience Q&A session.

1:45 – 2:15

Everything you ever wanted to know about osteoporosis

Dr. Lianne Tile, Medical Director, Osteoporosis Clinic, University Health Network.

2:15 – 2:30

Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:00

“The truth about PBC fatigue – what I’ve learned as a patient and a physician”

Dr. Jennifer Pate, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston Texas

3:00 – 4:00

“How to improve your PBC scores”

Dr. Puneeta Tandon, University of Alberta

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Reception and Gala Dinner + Presentations


9:00 – 10:00 AM

Buffet breakfast

10:00 – 11:30

Meet the Experts

A unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with the experts to ask your PBC questions.


  • Recently diagnosed PBC patients. Find out what you need to know about the diagnosis, treatment and management of your PBC
  • PBC patient “veterans”. Learn about treatment options on the horizon as well as new techniques for managing and living well with your PBC
  • Family members and friends. Understand more about what it’s like to live with PBC and how you can support the PBC patient in your life


  • Take part in an interactive discussion about PBC — where we’ve been and where we’re going — led by Dr. Gideon Hirschfield
  • Learn about the latest developments in understanding the causes and effects of PBC from some of the leading PBC physicians and researchers
  • Get together. Meet and spend time with other PBC patients — share and learn from others’ experiences
  • Hear from a wide variety of health care experts about new techniques for living well with PBC
  • Gain new insights into the truth behind some of your PBC-related symptoms
  • Learn what you can do to improve your PBC scores
  • Celebrate together at the special Saturday-night gala dinner. Awards and prizes!



Conference fee includes:

  • Admission to all conference sessions
  • Meals
    • Welcome reception & light refreshments Friday, June 7
    • Breakfast, lunch and Gala Dinner Saturday, June 8
    • Breakfast Sunday, June 9
  • Special Conference Hotel Rate of $169.
  • Free shuttle service to and from Toronto Pearson Airport and the hotel
  • Special overnight parking rate of $12 daily
  • Free WiFi
  • Conference welcome package


Deadline for application was March 31.

More Information about the scholarship


Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites

5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Directly across from Pearson International Airport. Free shuttle service between airport and hotel


$169 special room rate — guaranteed for bookings made before May 16.

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