The Canadian Network on Hepatitis C: from discovery to implementation

CanHepC is a national collaborative research and training network on hepatitis C virus funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). CanHepC brings together over 100 members including researchers and student trainees from different disciplines and knowledge-users from across Canada, and international partners.

Our overarching goal is to conduct innovative and interdisciplinary research, build research capacity, and translate evidence for uptake into practice and policy, to improve HCV prevention and health outcomes of Canadians and contribute to the global effort to reduce HCV burden worldwide, by focusing on the following themes:


To improve strategies and interventions to reduce HCV incidence and ultimately prevalence in the Canadian population. Priorities: vaccine development and delivery; awareness and testing of hidden affected sub-populations; monitoring risk factors for transmission and testing novel prevention strategies.


To enhance strategies to improve treatment access, uptake, adherence, and short and long-term outcomes. Priorities: defining predictors of liver disease progression including HCC and regression with therapy; access to treatment; models of care and effectiveness of treatment especially in vulnerable populations; treatment as prevention.


To generate evidence-based data on health outcomes of people living with hepatitis C to guide decision making. Priorities: impact of HCV infection and strategies to address the HCV problem on health outcomes, disease burden with a focus on cost-effectiveness.

CanHepC is built around 6 cores :

  • Basic Science Discovery
  • Behavioural and Epidemiology research
  • Clinical research
  • Health System and Policy research
  • Knowledge Translation and Implementation
  • Training and Mentorship

All the cores are tightly integrated, through harmonized resources and overseeing infrastructures such as the Steering and Scientific Committees. A large component of our development plan is dedicated to knowledge transfer and implementation to develop preventive measures, treatment strategies and to positively impact quality of life issues while taking into account cost-effectiveness.

Training the next generation of Hepatitis C researchers

Another major goal of CanHepC is enhanced training of the next generation of highly qualified personnel to increase the uptake and implementation of research results into the different priority areas. 

Building on the success of the National CIHR Research Training Program in Hepatitis C (NCRTP-HepC), CanHepC recruits and provides stipend support and training to graduate, post-doctoral students and MDs who have demonstrated excellence early in their careers.

Trainees are applicants that are registered with a graduate program at one of the ten institutions. The training program employs the knowledge and experience of mentors across Canada from multiple disciplines that have played a major role in recent advances in hepatitis C research and their ability to train excellent researchers.

Read more about CanHepC’s training program here.