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Translational Approaches to Inflammatory Liver Injury and Repair (TAILOR 2016)


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Calgary Liver Unit
2nd Biennial TAILOR Meeting


Cal Wenzel Family Foundation
Chair in Hepatology


Translational Approaches to Inflammatory Liver Injury and Repair Meeting (TAILOR)

 September 16 - 18, 2016

 Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta



Immune-mediated inflammatory liver injury is the common pathway of liver damage occurring in most liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, toxic liver damage, autoimmune liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All inflammation-associated liver injuries are associated with well-developed and coordinated repair processes, which can lead ether to recovery or liver scarring (fibrosis).

Understanding the fundamental mechanisms involved in liver injury and repair, and defining how these directly impact patients, will allow us to develop much needed treatments for chronic liver disease.

Therefore, to examine bench to bedside approaches to inflammatory liver injury and repair we have put together an outstanding scientific program and assembled leading international authorities in the field. During this meeting liver injury and repair, from basic mechanisms through to pathophysiology and therapy, will be addressed.

An important element of the meeting will be discussions and interactions between participants and speakers which we hope will lead to collaborations and the dissemination of ideas and knowledge.



Dr. Mark Swain                                                       Dr. Carla Coffin

Hepatologist, Calgary Liver Unit                                 Hepatologist, Calgary Liver Unit

Division Head, Gastroenterology                                  Director, Viral Hepatitis Clinic                                          


Dr. Kelly Burak                                                       Ms. Geraldine Tanis

Hepatologist, Calgary Liver Unit                                        Conference coordinator

Director, Calgary Liver Unit                                                    Calgary Liver Unit                                     

Cell: 403-860-9386                                                       Office: 403-592-5049

                                                                                                Cell: 403-370-3866




 Geraldine Tanis

403-592-5049 (office) or 403-370-3866 (cell)




Friday Sept 16

Welcome dinner and Keynote

7:30 pm

Dr. Rob Myers (Gilead Sciences)

“Importance of Pharma: Academic links in developing new therapies for liver diseases”


Saturday Sept 17

A)   Understanding the Drivers of Liver Injury and internal drivers of liver injury

8:30 – 10:15 am

1.  Dr. Tania Roskams (Leuven)

“What can an experimental pathologist tell us about what is really happening in the liver?”

2.  Dr. Tom Karlsen (Oslo)

Is it all in the genes? New insights into autoimmune liver disease from GWAS studies

3.  Dr. Saumya Jayakumar (Calgary)

“Fatty liver: an accelerator of liver injury?

10:15 – 10:30 am     Coffee Break

B)   Inflammation and Cancer

10:30am – 12:00pm

1. Dr. Augusto Villanueva (New York)

“Molecular signatures in designing tailored therapies for HCC”

2. Dr. Roger Chapman (Oxford)

“Cholangiocarcinoma in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis – Risks, surveillance, diagnosis and management”

3. Dr. Carla Coffin (Calgary)

“Vaccination and antiviral strategies for liver disease: impact on liver cancer”


Noon – 1pm           Lunch


 C)   Microbiome and the Gut-Liver Axis

1:00 – 2:30pm

1.  Dr. Paul Kubes (Calgary)

“A New Healer Macrophage – Comes to Rescue the Liver”

2.  Dr. Mark Swain (Calgary)

“Linking the microbiome to extrahepatic complications of liver disease”

3.  Dr. Puneeta Tandon (Edmonton)

“Changing the microbiome to treat liver disease and its’ complications”


2:30 – 2:45pm        Coffee Break


D)   Student presentations

2:45 – 3:30pm

Students presentions


3:30 – 6:00 pm     Free time to explore Banff

7:00pm                  Group Dinner


Sunday Sept. 18th

A)   Stem Cells and the Liver

8:30 – 10:15 am

1.  Dr. Shinichiro Ogawa (U of T)

“Embryonic stem cells: are we getting close to an artificial liver?”

2.  Dr. Fu-Sheng Wang (Beijing)

“Using mesenchymal stem cells to treat liver disease: are we there yet?”

3. Dr. Steve Martin (Calgary)

“ Stem cells for treating metabolic liver diseases in children”


10:15 – 10:30am            Coffee break


F)   Novel Therapeutics for liver disease

10:30 – 11:30 am

1.  Dr. Rob Myers (Gilead)

“Targeting fibrosis: is this a realistic goal?”

2.  Dr. Andy Mason (Edmonton)

“Are we close to having effective therapy for all liver diseases?”


Closing remarks and departures



Address and phone number:

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1H5

Phone: 403-763-6712          Toll free: 1-877-760-4595 (Canada & USA)



To make a reservation, please use the link on the registration form.



Long-term parking is available in two locations on campus: the underground parkade on the north side of campus and the visitor parking lot on the south end of campus.

Short term parking is available throughout campus, as noted on the campus map. Check-in is at the Professional Development Centre. Campus directory maps are located at the two entrances.


Directions to the parkade 

  1. Follow the parking signs to the parkade located below the Music & Sound Building.
  2. Eric Harvie Theatre, Margaret Greenham Theatre, and The Club are adjacent to the parkade.


From Calgary International Airport to Banff

International Airport to Banff takes approximately 90 minutes.

  1. Depart airport and take Deerfoot Trail North Highway 2.  
  2. In four km, take the exit for Stoney Trail NW heading West. Signs indicate it heads towards Banff and Highway 1. 
  3. Drive approximately 23 km and take the exit for Trans-Canada Highway 1 West (Banff).
  4. Continue West approximately 90 km on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 to the Banff National Park gates.
  5. Once through the park gates, continue 12 km to the first exit to the town of Banff.

Directions to the Professional Development Centre 

  1. Travel approximately 135 km westbound on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 from Calgary, take the first exit to Banff.  
  2. At the base of the ramp turn left and follow the road though town to Buffalo Street (5th traffic light). 
  3. Turn left on Buffalo, drive up the hill to The Banff Centre.
  4. Turn left and follow the signs to reception in the Professional Development Centre



  1. The Banff Centre campus map (pdf)
  2. A guide containing maps of the campus and the town of Banff (pdf)
  3. Map with directions from Calgary Airport to The Banff Centre (via Google Maps)



Activities in the town of Banff

Banff Centre Performing Arts program:

Restaurants in Banff

  1. Keg Restaurant & Bar Downtown

If you are looking for great steaks, friendly knowledgeable service and a really comfortable relaxed atmosphere, stop into The Keg. Read More

      2. La Terrazza Ristorante Italiano

Welcome to La Terrazza, where you can savour the amazing food and enjoy the panoramic view of the Rockies. Read More

  1. Other restaurants:





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