Bringing liver research to life

The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) is proud to have been supporting liver research in Canada for over 45 years. Since our inception in 1969, we have invested over $26 million in research grants. These funds ensure that those that are pushing the bounds of knowledge have the resources they need to continue their important work.

In 1971, the CLF awarded its first summer studentship to a young medical student named Gary Levy. Today, Dr. Levy is a prominent liver specialist and the head of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital. In 1993, Dr. Diane Cox and her team at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital discovered the gene responsible for Wilson disease, a serious liver condition that causes copper overload. The CLF helped make this breakthrough possible by providing grants to members of Dr. Cox's research team.

These are just two examples of how the CLF is bringing liver research to life.

The CLF is committed to funding the best liver research regardless of where it happens across the country. In order to spread our funds as widely as possible, we invest in different kinds of research projects. Research partnerships usually involve multiple funders (government, industry and non–profit) and support studies or initiatives that include teams at various sites in Canada. Research grants support individual researchers at various stages of their careers working on specific projects. Fellowships allow doctors to further develop their clinical experience in liver health.

We continually strive to increase the funds we can invest in research. In 2016, the CLF had $3.4 million available for research which represented a positive increase from $2.9 million in 2015. 

Unfortunately, every year we receive more grant applications than we can fund. In 2016, we were able to fund 38% of the applications that qualified for funding. This represents a positive change from 21%  in 2015. With additional funding, our goal is to eventually be able to fund 50% of qualified grant applications.

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