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Young Liver Specialists Debate Treatment, Best Practices and New Research

On February 26, 2015, ALF’s Great Lakes Division hosted its 12th annual Academic Debates.

The program brings together teams of young physicians representing leading Chicago academic medical centers to present their positions about complex topics to an audience of their peers, mentors and senior liver specialists.

The teams debated: (1) the ethics of a new model for equitable distribution of organs for transplantation; (2) whether treatment with new medications for hepatitis C should be based on symptoms and stage of disease; and (3) whether non-selective beta blockers should be discontinued once a patient with cirrhosis develops decompensated liver disease (when the liver fails to meet the needs of the body).

Participating institutions included Northwestern University; Loyola University Medical Center; Indiana University; University of Illinois at Chicago; NorthShore University HealthSystem; and Rush University.

More than 150 medical professionals attended.

Supporting Liver Health and Wellness

On March 14, 2015, the New England Division hosted Living Well with Liver Disease at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. The program is a symposium for patients, families, caregivers and friends that offers the latest information about liver disease research and treatment through keynote lectures and a physician panel. This year’s lectures focused on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; hepatitis C; liver cancer; liver transplantation and nutrition. Approximately 100 people attended the symposium.

ALF Goes to Washington

National Patient Advisory Committee Members William Yarborough and Navin Vij, MD, (left and right) join ALF National Program Director Jonathan Martin in Washington, DC, to advocate for more research on Hepatitis C (March 2015).

On March 1st and 2nd , 2015, the American Liver Foundation participated in the Digestive Disease National Coalition’s (DDNC) 26th Annual Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC. DDNC, of which ALF is a longstanding member, is the leading public policy advocacy organization in our nation's capital for people affected by digestive diseases.

This event brings together patients, health care providers, industry representatives, lawmakers and their legislative staff for two days of educational programs, legislative updates and advocacy training. Our objective is to brief participants from around the country on federal health care legislation and policy and meet with congressional leaders to discuss issues of concern to the digestive disease community. With newly elected members and appointed leadership in the 114th Congress, we must make our voices heard on Capitol Hill to ensure that any upcoming reforms improve health outcomes for the digestive disease patient community. ALF National Director of Programs Jonathan Martin attended with National Patient Advisory Committee (NPAC) Members Navin Vij, MD (Cleveland, OH) and William Yarborough (Durham, NC).

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Recognizing Biliary Atresia Day

The American Liver Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Division invites the public to join experts from the Biliary Atresia Clinical Care Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for Biliary Atresia Patient Education Day. Topics of discussion will include an overview of biliary atresia; nutrition for chronic liver disease; living with liver disease and transplantation; and resources for families. A panel of patients will share their experiences.

The free program, will take place on March 29, 2015, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please register to reserve a spot.

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month

Thousands of people are on the waiting list to receive a new liver. Many die waiting. You have the opportunity to impact a life in the most meaningful of ways. Sign up to be an organ donor and give the ultimate gift of life.

And Speaking of Giving the Gift of Life

If you or a family member was an organ donor or received a life-saving liver, please join the Greater New York Division’s annual Re-birthday event in Long Island to celebrate the gift of life and the miracle of transplantation. David Bernstein, MD, chief of the division of hepatology medicine – gastroenterology at North Shore University Hospital, will be the keynote speaker. The event takes place on April 11, 2015. For more information, contact Randa Adib, 212-943-1059.

Honoring Leaders in Biotechnology, Healthcare and Public Policy

The American Liver Foundation’s Northern California Division will be hosting its annual Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on May 7, 2015, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The event honors industry visionaries whose contributions have advanced research and knowledge about liver disease. To learn more, please contact Simon Pan at 415-248-1060.

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