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PHO Grand Rounds: Population-based estimate of hepatitis C virus prevalence in Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave, 17th Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1M1 Boardroom 17-53
Infectious Diseases; Learning and development; Research and Collaboration; Chronic Diseases and Injuries
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most burdensome infectious illness in Ontario, with complications including cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma.
HCV-associated morbidity and mortality is rising, particularly in the baby boomer cohort, resulting in recommendations for one-time screening in some jurisdictions. Although baby boomer screening has been recommended by some groups, we lack robust population-based data upon which to base policy in Ontario.
In this session, we will present the results of a HCV serosurvey conducted on sera from residents of Ontario, born between 1945 and 1974, discuss the prevalence of previous and current infection, and the implications on screening strategies.

Presenters: Gary Garber and Shelly Bolotin

Gary Garber is the Chief of Infection Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and University of Ottawa. He is an Infectious Diseases physician at the Ottawa Hospital. Among his many research interests is the development of multidisciplinary teams to improve management of infectious diseases including HIV and viral hepatitis in hard–to-serve populations, with the goal to improve access to care.
Shelly Bolotin is a scientist in
Applied Immunization Research at Public health Ontario and an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate whether our population is adequately protected from infectious diseases. Shelly received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, an MSc and PhD in microbiology at the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. 
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