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30 JULY 2018

ALF Announces Recipients of 2018 Research Awards Program

July 27, 2018

This week, the American Liver Foundation formally announced the recipients of our 2018 Research Award Program. These monetary grants to the next generation of medical researchers have an importance that goes far beyond the dollars involved.

ALF’s mission is broad: to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.  We fulfill the mission in many different ways … we  educate through our website, brochures and webinars, as well as our Ask the Experts and other programs; we visit Capitol Hill every year and take part in numerous state and local advocacy activities.  In addition, we support liver disease patients and their families by lending an informed ear and helping to overcome barriers.

But the way that we truly envision a world without liver disease is through our research grants which focus on bringing new talent into the field of hepatology.  Since 1980 ALF has awarded over $26 million to more than 850 early-career researchers.   We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Research Award Grant Recipients.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar Award

Xiaobo Wang, PhD
Columbia University
New York, NY
Regulation and Role of TAZ in NASH-Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Mentor:  Ira A. Tabas, MD, PhD


American Liver Foundation PBC Fund for the Cure Award

Weici Zhang, PhD
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
IGFBP4 Expression Licenses Macrophage Immune-Mediated Biliary Destruction in PBC



American Liver Foundation PBC Fund for the Cure Award

Marina Silveira, MD
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the Treatment of Fatigue in Patients with PBC



Irwin M. Arias, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Norihiro Imai, MD, PhD
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY
Muscle-Specific Metabolic Regulation by Thioesterase Superfamily Member 2 (Them2) in the Pathogenesis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mentor:  David E. Cohen, MD, PhD


Hans Popper Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Aveline Filliol, PhD
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
Role of HSC and ECM in the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Mentor:  Robert F. Schwabe, MD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

Sandra Steensels, PhD
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY
Thioesterase-mediated Control of Hepatic Lipid and Glucose Homeostasis
Mentor:  Baran A. Ersoy, PhD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

James Heslop, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
The role of GATA6 in Endoderm Formation and Hepatic Specification
Mentor:  Stephen A. Duncan


We wish each of these young scientists every success!  Who knows?  One of these projects may lead to the next great success story in the field of liver disease research!  That’s what we all work for, isn’t it?

Visit our Research Awards Program section here to learn more about each of these fascinating projects.

Tom Nealon
President & CEO
American Liver Foundation

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