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28 JANUARY 2019

28th Annual Arias Symposium Held in Cambridge November 29th

Two weeks ago, when I shared the news that the American Liver Foundation’s Heartland Division had hosted Academic Debates in Cleveland, Ohio for the first time, I commented that helping medical professionals keep abreast of the newest developments in liver care is an important part of ALF’s mission. One of ALF’s oldest programs for practitioners is the New England Division’s annual Irwin M. Arias, M.D. Symposium. Still vital after 28 years, the Arias Symposium was held in Cambridge, MA on November 29th. This program, entitled “Bridging Basic Science & Liver Disease” included an ambitious schedule of presentations and a poster session [download here].

Registrants for the popular symposium included 45 undergraduate or graduate students; 48 Fellows or Residents; and 50 physicians, nurses, researchers, primary investigators, and other allied health professionals. Their home institutions included University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Brown University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston University, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“This was the 5th time I had the honor of organizing the Annual Arias Symposium,” said Lindsay Ventura, the Division’s Community Outreach and Education Manager. “Since 2014, we have nearly tripled attendance of the program, attracted new sponsors, and increased interest among a younger crowd. Through the work presented in this program, we are annually reminded of the incredible power of the liver and the exciting discoveries which continue to flow from basic science research which will have an incredible impact on patients and the care they receive. It has been an honor to work with Dr. Arias, Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, and Dr. Wolfram Goessling to ensure the legacy of the Arias Symposium is one which will continue to engage so many brilliant minds here in the Boston area and beyond.”

ALF will continue to expand our educational programs in 2019 – for medical professionals, patients, families and caregivers, and for the general public. This is a vital part of our mission and we continually work to fulfill it.

Tom Nealon
President & CEO
American Liver Foundation


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