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.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
4:00 – 9:00 PM
Registration & Meet and Greet Reception
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
8:00 – 9:00 AM
9:00 – 9:10 AM
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
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.
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 – 2:00
A special message from Dr. Angela Cheung, Director of UHN’s Women’s Health Network and Founding Director of UHN’s Osteoporosis Program.
2:00 – 2:15
2:15 – 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
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 – 10:00 AM
10:00 – 11:30
Meet the Experts
A unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with the experts to ask your PBC questions.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- 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!
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
- Dr. Angela Cheung
Dr. Angela Cheung is the Founding Director of University Health Network’s Osteoporosis Program and a Senior Scientist at Toronto General Research Institute. She is also Associate Director of UHN’s Women’s Health Program and the Lillian Love Chair in Women’s Health. She was recently awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health, the highest honour awarded in the Canadian medical research community.
- Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein
Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein, MD, MPH FRCPC. Assistant Professor and Clinical Investigator, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.
- Dr. Gideon Hirshfield
Dr. Gideon Hirschfield is a world-renowned autoimmune liver disease clinician and researcher, and he has extensive clinical expertise in the management of complex liver disease, pre- and post-transplant. He was recently awarded the inaugural Lily and Terry Horner Chair in Autoimmune Liver Disease Research at UHN’s Toronto Centre for Liver Disease and is leading the centre’s Autoimmune Liver Disease program along with Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein. This comprehensive program offers life-long care to patients with autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis, while advancing groundbreaking research
- Dr. Paul Marotta
Dr. Marotta is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario and is the Co-Program Director of the Advanced Hepatology/Liver Transplantation Fellowship Program.
- Dr. Andy Mason
Dr. Andy Mason is a Professor of Medicine and an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Senior Scholar. He trained at the Liver Unit, Kings College Hospital, in London, England and then moved to Washington University, St. Louis as a Gastroenterology Fellow to train in molecular virology. At Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans he became the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Tulane University Medical Center. He relocated to the University of Alberta in 2002 and is currently the Director Research for the Division of Gastroenterology and Director of The Applied Genomics Centre.
- Dr. Magnus McLeod
Dr. Magnus McLeod is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University. As an internist, he has a strong clinical and academic interest in liver disease, particularly PBC and fatty liver disease.
- Dr. Jennifer Pate
Dr. Jennifer Pate is Chief of Psychiatry, St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Baylor Texas. As a mental health professional and PBC patient herself, she has unique insights and ideas to share about living with a chronic illness.
- Dr. Mark Swain
Dr. Mark Swain has been a practicing hepatologist and clinician-scientist since his arrival in Alberta in 1993. He is Head of the University of Calgary’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and holds several other leadership roles, including the Cal Wenzel Family Foundation Chair in Hepatology (a research chair) and Head, Translational Research Core, Snyder Institute of Chronic Diseases. He is widely published in the areas of liver disease and autoimmunity with more than 110 peer-reviewed articles published to date.
- Dr. Puneeta Tandon
Dr. Puneeta Tandon is Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include frailty and palliative care in cirrhosis and the impact of nutrition, physical activity and mind-body therapies (meditation, yoga, ayurveda) on health and well-being.
- Dr. J.P. Wallach
Dr Jean Philippe Wallach, University of British Columbia, focuses on treating autoimmune liver disease in First Nations communities.
$75 before March 31. $90 after March 31.
Conference fee includes:
- Admission to all conference sessions
- 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
APPLY FOR A TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP
Available only to PBC patients.
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.
Book directly with Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites 1-800-HILTONS (Use Group Discount Code "CPBC") OR