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05 JANUARY 2018

A Look Back on 2017

One of my greatest pleasures during my years with the American Liver Foundation has been to see the organization’s steady development and increasing ability to help individuals with liver disease and those who care for them.  Along with these has come increasing recognition of ALF’s role in the liver community.

Earlier in the year, I wrote with great pleasure about our Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Gardiner Seim, MSN, RN, and her new role at the Digestive Disease National Coalition. News from ALF has also spotlighted our relationships with the PBCers and PSC Partners Seeking a Cure.

I also would like to share with you my own new role on the Digestive Diseases and Nutrition sub-council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  The Institute, one of the largest at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts, supports, and coordinates research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.  The Institute supports clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields, as well as many basic science disciplines.

My participation as a member of the NIDDK sub-council has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of recognized experts from the medical and not-for-profit communities and at the same time learn about important developments in the area of research affecting liver disease.

Nicholas J. DeRoma, ALF’s Board Chair, pointed out, “This appointment reflects the importance of liver diseases among the overall fight against digestive diseases.  Many people don’t know that there was no national voluntary health agency devoted exclusively to combating liver diseases until 1976, when the American Liver Foundation was founded by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD).  Now, we serve as a voice for the 30 million Americans affected by the more than 100 liver diseases.”

2017 was a busy and satisfying year for me and I hope, for all of you. As we begin 2018, please accept my best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Tom Nealon
American Liver Foundation

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