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June 30, 2017

Alexandria, VA – The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation, the largest private supporter of liver disease research and training in the United States, today announced its investment of $3.34 million in research and career development funding granted to 25 researchers and clinicians to conduct innovative liver disease research and seek advanced hepatology training.

“Liver disease continues to be a critical healthcare issue in the United States and internationally,” explains AASLD Foundation Chair, Bruce R. Bacon, MD, FAASLD. “Despite recent strides and successes in the treatment of many liver diseases, AASLD Foundation understands there is still much work to be done and more funding must be made available to those interested in hepatology.”

Through its research and career development awards, AASLD Foundation provides funding for liver research, encourages young investigators new to the field, secures education and training for clinicians, and increases access to trained hepatology providers.

“AASLD Foundation provides more funding of hepatology research and training than any other private organization in the United States, and this is done through the support of our generous donors,” explains Dr. Bacon of the Foundation’s support of hepatology. “Since 2000, more than $42 million has been committed by AASLD, and now its Foundation, to invest in innovative hepatology research and in the people who study and treat liver disease.”

This year’s investment is $780,000 more than the Foundation’s investment in 2016. It is also the third largest funding commitment in the history of AASLD/AASLD Foundation – demonstrating the Foundation’s commitment to funding liver disease research and training now and in the future.”

The 2017 AASLD Foundation award recipients — selected by a committee of academic and clinical specialists, physicians and associate health care practitioners in the fields of hepatology and transplant hepatology — demonstrate aptitude and interest liver disease research and treatment. Their work will further advance the mission of the Foundation and hepatology as a medical specialty.

In addition to funding these research and career awards, the Foundation will invest an additional $72,000 in travel awards this fall – allowing young investigators to present their work to an international audience at The Liver Meeting®.

To learn more about AASLD Foundation, and its 2017 award recipients, visit

About AASLD Foundation
AASLD Foundation is the largest private supporter of liver disease research in the United States with over $42 million awarded since 2000. Its mission is to invest in innovative hepatology research and in the people who study and treat liver disease. The Foundation does this by funding hepatology research and advanced hepatology training as well as by providing liver disease education for hepatologists, hepatology healthcare professionals and frontline health care professionals.

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