Working towards a vision for an artificial liver

Courtesy of Royal Free Hospital, University College London, London, UK (Mazza G et al., Sci Rep 2015;5:13079)

The EASL Foundation is proud to announce a most innovative program aiming at pursuing the dream of creating a ‘bioartificial liver’.

There are presently hundreds thousands of people on the organ wait list, many of whom will die before finding a compatible donor. Even those fortunate enough to receive an organ in time face ongoing medical difficulties, often for the rest of their lives.

Recent technical achievements in stem cell research, tissue engineering and whole organ regeneration and preservation offer potentially powerful solutions to this health crisis. Regenerative medicine is advancing towards the final frontier, i.e. the fabrication of vital organs to definitively solve the organ donor shortage.

However, tissue engineering research and regenerative medicine research is currently underfunded, receiving less than $500 million annually in the U.S. compared to $5 billion for cancer and $2.8 billion for HIV/AIDS. Two foundations in USA are tackling this lack of incentive towards the development of functional and vascularized organs including the liver (https://www.neworgan.org/)

The aim of the EASL Foundation program is to accelerate the academic research in Europe to address key challenges in this field in order to solve the remaining problems to bring this life saving technology to all of the people who desperately need it.

The first human liver scaffold obtained from a donor liver unsuitable for transplantation. This is a key step for providing the 3D structure to be repopulated with human cells and rebuilding a whole functional human liver.

Viral Hepatitis Elimination

HEPATITIS C ELIMINATION IN KUWAIT: Recommendations

HEPATITIS C ELIMINATION IN KUWAIT: Recommendations

Final report of the EASL International Liver Foundation Expert Panel 11 December 2018 Kuwait

Education

THE EILF SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

THE EILF SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

THE EASL INTERNATIONAL LIVER FOUNDATION PROGRAMME FOR HIGH FLYERS. EILF have recently embarked on a collaboration with the Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society and together, we will hold the first School of Excellence on 28 September 2018 in Dubai. This full day interactive school will be led by EILF and local experts providing a mix of state of the art lectures, debates and clinical case presentations.

   

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Viral Hepatitis Elimination

VIRAL HEPATITIS ELIMINATION IN THE MIGRANT POPULATION

VIRAL HEPATITIS ELIMINATION IN THE MIGRANT POPULATION

The world is currently experiencing the greatest level of forced displacement that has ever been recorded with over 65 million people being forced from their homes in the past two decades. If the WHO’s viral hepatitis elimination targets are to be achieved then specialised programs and infrastructure will need to be scaled to specifically improve prevention, screening, and treatment of viral hepatitis among this ever growing and marginalised population.

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