Welcome to the AASLD Media page. Here you’ll find the latest AASLD press releases, information about media registration to AASLD meetings and conferences, and our media policies and guidelines. For inquiries, contact the AASLD media team at media@aasld.org.

The Need for Liver Transplants Is Skyrocketing Among Older Americans

November 12, 2021

A new study has found that the proportion of older Americans who need a liver transplant (LT) has sharply increased in recent years, often due to the rising number of cases of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). As the U.S. population ages, researchers estimate that more patients aged 65 or older will need an LT than ever before.

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Higher Risk of Liver Cancer in People with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Linked to High Blood Iron Levels

November 12, 2021

New research has found that patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who have high blood iron levels are at an elevated risk to develop the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will present their findings this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

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New Study Reveals Women, Minority Hepatologists Face Workplace Discrimination, Unequal Pay and Lack of Promotion Opportunities

November 12, 2021

A new study has found that hepatologists in the U.S., particularly women and racial and ethnic minorities, commonly experience workplace discrimination, such as exclusion from decision-making, disrespectful treatment by other staff members and unequal pay, benefits and promotion opportunities. The study will be presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

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Nearly One-Fifth of Cirrhosis Patients Prescribed Opioids During Clinic Visits

November 12, 2021

A new study has found that among patients with cirrhosis, a late-stage liver disease, almost one in five outpatient clinic visits involve an opioid prescription. The study, presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, also suggests that most of the physicians who prescribe opioids for patients with cirrhosis are not gastroenterologists or hepatologists, raising concerns those physicians may be less familiar with the potentially harmful effects of opioid drugs in patients with liver disease.

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Non-Overweight Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes Fare Worse Than Overweight Patients Before and After Liver Transplant

November 12, 2021

A new study has found that people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) cirrhosis who are not overweight and are on a waiting list for a liver transplant fare worse than overweight patients before and after transplant surgery. The study concludes that these at-risk patients need better nutritional counseling and other interventions to help prevent serious health problems while they are waiting for liver transplant.

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JOINT STATEMENT ON REAFFIRMATION OF ORGAN DONATION

September 22, 2021

Recent events call for a reaffirmation of essential values held by the worldwide community of transplant providers.

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AASLD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING OF OVER 2.8 MILLION IN RESEARCH AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARDS, ABSTRACT AWARDS, AND EMERGING LIVER SCHOLARS PROGRAM

August 25, 2021

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Foundation, the largest private supporter of liver disease research and training in the United States, last week announced its combined investment of over $2.8 million in Research and Career Development Awards, Abstract Awards, and its Emerging Liver Scholars (ELS) Program.

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JOINT STATEMENT WITH EASL ON THE GLOBAL TRAGEDIES OF COVID-19

July 1, 2021

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to see signs of hope. Thanks to robust vaccine production and an increased number of inoculations, we can hopefully look to an improved outlook for COVID-19 in many regions of the world. However, this cannot be said for all countries, although media attention on the battle against the virus in India, Brazil and other countries has begun to wane, the problem itself has not. Emergence of the Delta variant is only the most recent evidence that more work remains.

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Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination for SARS-CoV-2 in Patients with Liver Disease

May 17, 2021

As global societies committed to helping patients with liver disease, we have been closely monitoring developments around the SARSCoV-2 virus and its impact on those in our care. It is for that reason that we four societies have taken the following positions around the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Statement by the AASLD Governing Board on Violence Against Asian American/ Pacific Islander Communities

March 19,2021

We forcefully reject the racism, sexism, bigotry, and hatred inflicted on Asian American/Pacific Islanders, other minority communities, and women, and vow to continue our work in addressing the disparities that exist in our field. With the guidance of our Inclusion and Diversity Committee, we will continue to work toward building an inclusive community, including education on structural racism and explicit and implicit bias. We stand by those who have been affected by racism, sexism, and violence, and we pledge to do our part to make this country a safer place for all Americans.

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AASLD Remembers Roberto Groszmann, MD, FRCP

January 22, 2021

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases acknowledges the passing of one of its members who made major contributions to our field. Roberto Groszmann, MD, FRCP passed away in New Haven on January 16, 2021. Dr. Groszmann made foundational discoveries in the pathophysiology of cirrhosis and portal hypertension.

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AASLD’s Newest Open-Access Journal to Receive First Impact Factor

December 11, 2020

AASLD announced that Hepatology Communications – AASLD’s free, open-access journal – has been accepted into Clarivate’s Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Journal Citation Reports – one of the leading citation indexes for journals of science and technology. The journal will now be eligible for an Impact Factor (IF) evaluation, which measures the frequency that a journal is cited and contributes to its reputation in the scientific community. Hepatology Communications will receive its first Impact Factor evaluation in the summer of 2021.

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Press Releases from The Liver Meeting® 2020

UDCA Treatment Lowers Biliary Tract Cancer, Need for Liver Transplantation in PSC Patients

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) treatment has significant, positive results for patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), including reduced incidence of biliary tract cancer, reduced mortality and less need for liver transplant.

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Cirrhosis in North American Women on the Rise, Trend Especially Worrisome in Young Women

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that the burden of cirrhosis in women in North America has increased substantially in recent years, a worrying trend driven by a rise in alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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New Cases of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Disproportionately Affecting Americans in Rural Areas New Study Shows

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that the rate of new hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases has slowed since 2009, but only in urban areas. Rural non-Hispanic whites and Blacks have experienced the greatest increases over time when comparing rural and urban HCC trends by specific demographic factors.

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More Women Diagnosed with HCV During Pregnancy, but Many Infants Still Not Tested Despite Recommendations from Leading Health Organizations

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that among pregnant women with hepatitis C virus (HCV), more than 25 percent were initially diagnosed during pregnancy screenings, which supports prenatal care as an important opportunity to screen for HCV in women.

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High Abdominal Fat and Low Liver Fat Combo Increases Coronary Heart Disease Risk

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that the distribution of a person’s body fat affects coronary heart disease risk, with an increased risk of heart events among people with a combination of high visceral adipose tissue (VAT) – abdominal fat ─ and low liver fat.

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Unique Coagulation Driven by IL-6 Trans-Signaling Associated with Liver Injury in COVID-19

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that COVID-19 coagulation impairment, driven in part by endothelial Factor VIII, is associated with liver injury in infected patients.

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New Machine Learning-Based Model More Accurately Predicts Liver Transplant Waitlist Mortality

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that using neural networks, a type of machine learning algorithm, is a more accurate model for predicting waitlist mortality in liver transplantation, outperforming the older model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scoring.

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Alarming New Study Highlights Need for Improved Access to HBV Vaccination, Testing and Treatment

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that in 2019, more than 500,000 persons died of hepatitis B virus infection, highlighting the urgent need for universal HBV vaccination of children beginning at birth, and scaling up testing and access to care and treatment before people with the virus develop life-threatening liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.

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Improved Center-Specific Practices May Ease Effects of Socioeconomic Deprivation for Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that while neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation is associated with worse adverse long-term outcomes after liver transplant in children, improving center-specific practices can mitigate these effects for young at-risk patients.

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Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Improves Liver Transplant Waitlist Placement, Especially for Certain Minorities

November 13, 2020

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® found that U.S. states that took part in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which extended health care coverage to more low-income citizens, improved liver transplant waitlist placement, especially for certain racial groups.

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Other Press Releases / Statements

AASLD President's Statement on 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine

October 6, 2020

The AASLD congratulates Drs. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice, the 2020 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their groundbreaking research identified the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) – a bloodborne pathogen that causes acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

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AASLD Foundation Announces Funding of over $2.2 Million in Research and Career Development Awards, Abstract Awards, and Emerging Liver Scholars Program

July 28, 2020

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Foundation, the largest private supporter of liver disease research and training in the United States, today announced its combined investment of over $2.2 million in Research and Career Development Awards, Abstract Awards, and its Emerging Liver Scholars (ELS) Program.

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JOINT GI SOCIETY MESSAGE: Visa Restrictions

July 10, 2020

To ensure that the US remains a global leader in biomedical research, the four GI Societies urge the administration to clarify their visa restrictions policy immediately to prevent the loss of talented medical and scientific professionals.

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JOINT GI SOCIETY MESSAGE: Racism, Social Injustice and Our Pledge to Lead Change

June 2, 2020

The four GI Societies stand united in condemning racism, bigotry and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, country of origin and sexual orientation.

Read the joint AASLD / AGA / ACG / ASGE statement.

AASLD Releases Clinical Insight Guide for Treating Patients with Liver Disease and COVID-19

March 25, 2020

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has released a clinical insight document for clinicians and frontline health care providers who are treating patients with liver disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AASLD's "COVID-19 and the Liver" resources

March 16, 2020

AASLD is actively monitoring events related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide timely information and resources to support health care providers in hepatology, liver transplantation and gastroenterology as well as their patients and caregivers.

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JOINT GI SOCIETY MESSAGE: COVID-19 Clinical Insights for Our Community of Gastroenterologists and Gastroenterology Care Providers

March 15, 2020

The four GI Societies are providing important information and recommendations to consider in institutions and practices that provide endoscopy and outpatient GI services.

Read the joint AASLD / AGA / ACG / ASGE statement.

HCV Guidance Updates Recommendations for Identification and Management of Chronic Hep C

December 3, 2019

HCVguidelines.org — a website developed by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America to provide up-to-date guidance on the management of hepatitis C — was recently revised to reflect important developments in the identification and management of chronic hepatitis C (HCV).

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Matthew R. D’Uva to Join AASLD as CEO

November 20, 2019

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has appointed Matthew R. D’Uva, FASAE, CAE, as its new chief executive officer, effective January 21, 2020.

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Archive of Press Releases

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