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Global Liver Institute Thanks Senator Bill Cassidy for His Leadership in Fatty Liver Disease Research

U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Assess True Prevalence and Impact of NAFLD/MASLD

(Washington, D.C., May 1, 2024) – GLI applauds the announcement of a federally-funded study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to assess the prevalence of fatty liver disease (known as metabolic-associated fatty liver disease or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease) as well as its associated costs and barriers in the US. GLI expresses gratitude to Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for working alongside GLI’s community of advocates and holding the torch for liver health. This announcement is a victory for GLI and our community, especially our NASH Council, which has long supported federal research in fatty liver disease, and the advocates who held more than 60 meetings with their Members of Congress last October to urge federal support for fatty liver disease research. While fatty liver disease is estimated to affect nearly 1 in 3 people worldwide, this study will reveal the precise pervasiveness and effects of the disease in the U.S. to clear the way for an informed approach. For more details, please review language for the Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease [NAFLD] Study on page 155 of the Senate Appropriations 118-84 Report.

About Global Liver Institute

Global Liver Institute (GLI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in the belief that liver health must take its place on the global public health agenda commensurate with the prevalence and impact of liver illness. GLI promotes innovation, encourages collaboration, and supports the scaling of optimal approaches to help eradicate liver diseases. Operating globally, GLI is committed to solving the problems that matter to liver patients and equipping advocates to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by liver disease. GLI holds Platinum Transparency with Candid/GuideStar, is a member of the National Health Council, and serves as a Healthy People 2030 Champion. Follow GLI on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube or visit GLI is the host of Global Fatty Liver Day.