The Section of Hepatology at the University of Manitoba was the first Hepatology section independent from Gastroenterology in Canada. The section’s faculty consists currently of hepatologists and a PhD researcher. Two Clinical Assistants and post-doctoral fellows complement the team. Several section members are actively involved in clinical research that is conducted through our clinical trial unit with several research nurses. One clinical research focus is liver disease, in particular non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, in Canadian First Nations population for which two section members attracted CIHR funding. One of our faculty is a CIHR-funded clinician-scientist with an active lab-based research program on role of cancer stem cells in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular and cholangiocarcinoma. The section offers a RCPSC AFC program in adult hepatology and, apart from hepatology fellows, trains rotating fellows and residents from general internal medicine and gastroenterology. In addition all faculty members are involved in UGME training. The section provides clinical services for out-patients and a consult service for in-patients covering all aspects of hepatology including pre- and post-transplantation care, and serves as the tertiary hepatology referral centre for Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwestern Ontario.
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