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Liver Symposium - Louisville, March 12th


2016 Emerging Therapies for PBC, NASH and ESLD Seminar Series




Louisville, Kentucky – March 12, 2016

Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building

505 S. Hancock Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40202





Parking at the Conference


There are parking lots for both the CTR building and the adjacent Health Science Center garage.


There is also on-street, metered parking on all roads surrounding the CTR Building


Driving Directions


The Clinical & Translational Research (CTR) Building is located at the corner of Hancock Street and Mohammed Blvd adjacent to the campus of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  The seminar will be held in the classroom on the First Floor


Seminar Agenda and Syllabus Information


Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. on the CTR Building’s First Floor. Please check signage for any last minute room changes.


The Emerging Therapies seminar is a paperless program.  The course syllabus and related materials will be made available on a digital app that can be accessed by a smart phone, tablet device or personal computer.   Instructions to download the App will be provided to participants in advance of the seminar.  WiFi will be available without charge.




7:30 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & View Exhibits


8 am

End Stage Liver Disease: Case Presentations, Managing Complications

-          Treatment of hepatic encephalopathy

-          Treatment of ascites, edema and hepatorenal syndrome

-          Management of esophageal varices


8:45 am

Hepatocellular Carcinoma

-          Screening diagnostic serum assays and imaging tests

-          Diagnosis without histology

-          Treatment and management options


9:30 am

Liver Transplantation

-          Listing criteria

-          MELD Exceptions

-          Long Term Complications

-          Outcomes


10:15 am

Break & View Exhibits


10:30 am

-          New Treatments for PBC

-          Ursodiol

-          Obeticholic  Acid


11:15 am

-          PSC

-          Epidemiology

-          Predicting Outcomes

-          Improving Survival


12:00 pm

Lunch and View Exhibits


12:45 pm

-          NAFLD, LAL and NASH

-          Epidemiology

-          Demographics

-          Diagnosis

-          Conventional treatments


1:30 pm

-          NASH Treatments in Development

-          Obeticholic Acid

-          Elafibranor (GTR505)

-          Others


2:15 pm

-          Case Presentations:

-          PBC

-          LAL causing fatty liver disease

-          NASH


3 pm

Final Comments and Adjourn

Attendance Policies

Attendee Cancellation, Substitution, Refund

The course tuition is refundable, minus a $20 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in writing no later than seven days prior to the conference. Attendee substitutions are allowed, but notification must be made in writing seven days prior to the conference. After that date, no refunds, credits, or substitutions will be granted. No refunds or credits will be given to those who “no show.”

Recording and Photography

The University of Louisville reserves exclusive rights to record (audio and video) and/or photograph conference proceedings for use in marketing materials, future presentations and other purposes.


Guest Attendance

All conference activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall participation and others) are exclusively reserved for seminar participants. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues and others.) are not permitted in the seminar areas.

Conference Modification or Cancellation

The University of Louisville and SC Liver Research Consortium reserve the right to modify the course’s schedule, faculty or content if necessary. They also reserve the right to cancel this seminar, and in the unlikely event, a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of a seminar cancellation.



CME Information

Physicians (MD/DO) - The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Nurses - This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 7.2 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-16-878. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content.


Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants - AANP and AAPA accept Category I credit from AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ organizations accredited by ACCME.



Your Seminar Faculty



Craig J. McClain, M.D., is an internationally distinguished clinician and scientist in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, alcohol abuse, nutrition, cytokine research, and hepatic drug metabolism.  He is a professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine


Dr. McClain has made many seminal contributions to the field. In an early influential study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1980, he described the deleterious interactions in the liver between alcohol and acetaminophen.  In another landmark study, published in the journal Hepatology in 1989, Dr. McClain was the first to describe dysregulated cytokines in alcoholic hepatitis. This ground-breaking study is the second most cited liver pathobiology article in Hepatology over the past 25 years.  Over time, Dr. McClain’s work has increasingly focused on translational and interventional studies, including a seminal clinical study in 1993 demonstrating the beneficial effects of nutritional supplementation in alcoholic hepatitis patients



Dr. Matthew Cave is an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine.  He also has joint appointments at Louisville’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and has an academic appointment at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.


Dr. Cave is active in many professional societies including: the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA); American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD); the Kentucky Medical Association and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.  Dr. Cave has been published extensively in esteemed medical journals and has written or collaborated on many medical texts.




Barbra Cave is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career as a critical care nurse in the Neuroscience and Transplant ICU at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY after graduating from Bellarmine University in 2003 with a degree in biology, then in 2005 with her accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2010 she returned to school and became a Family Nurse Practitioner, once again graduating from Bellarmine University.


Her initial role as a Family Nurse Practitioner was in Pediatric Nephrology. The opportunity to join the University of Louisville Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition presented in January 2012. After developing expertise in caring for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, liver diseases including cirrhosis, NASH, Hepatitis C, Alcoholic Hepatitis, and others, Ms. Cave became an integral part of the new Jewish Hospital Hepatitis C Clinic. The dedicated clinic opened in June 2015, and Barbra serves as the lead provider in the Nurse-Practitioner driven clinic.





Past Events

  • October 28, 2015:  Liver Symposium
  • September 15-17, 2014:  2014 Kentucky Medical Association Annual Meeting
  • September 17, 2014:  Kentucky Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE) Meeting
  • September 11-12, 2014:  Tamburro Symposium on Environmental Chemicals and Liver Disease
  • June 6, 2014:  KYSPEN Annual Meeting
  • December 7-8, 2013: ACG Southern Regional Postgraduate Course
  • January 9, 2013: Louisville Gut Club
  • October 10, 2012: Louisville Gut Club
  • September 12, 2012: KSGE Annual Meeting
  • June 21, 2012: DDW Wrapup 2012
  • June 8, 2012: KYSPEN Spring Meeting
  • October 29, 2011: Living with Liver Disease Patient Education Seminar

  • September 21, 2011: Louisville Gut Club: Common Anorectal Disorders

  • September 14, 2011: KSGE Annual Meeting

  • April 30, 2011: 19th Annual Pre-Derby Alumni Conference

  • February 22, 2011: Mini Medical School

  • January 18, 2011: Mini Medical School

  • December 4, 2010: AASLD Update 2010

  • October 9, 2010: Fall Homecoming Symposium and Reunion

  • September 22, 2010: Kentucky Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Annual Meeting

  • June 23, 2010: Mini Medical School

  • June 4, 2010: Kentucky Society Parenteral Enteral Nutrition (KYSPEN) - Spring Meeting

  • April 24, 2010: 18th Annual Pre-Derby - University of Louisville Alumni Conference

  • March 17, 2010: Mini Medical School

  • February 10, 2010: Louisville Gut Club, “Clinical Utility of Motility Testing” - John M. Wo, M.D.