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Our Purpose

AASLD Foundation is a charitable organization that invests in innovative hepatology research and in the people who study and treat liver disease.

We firmly believe that tomorrow’s cures for liver disease need funding today, and we are dedicated to leading the way – with our generous supporters and talented researchers and clinicians – toward finding those cures.

As the largest private supporter of hepatology research and career development in the United States, AASLD Foundation fills the void between bright, talented researchers and clinicians and the financial resources needed to:

  • Encourage their discovery
  • Keep pace with the need for more physicians and health care professionals trained to provide care for patients with liver disease
  • Share cutting-edge hepatology knowledge with physicians worldwide

Our History

We are the official Foundation of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – the leading organization of scientists and health care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease. Together with AASLD, we share a vision to prevent and cure liver disease.

Building on AASLD’s reputation and expertise, we are committed to expanding patient care options and exploring innovative liver disease research. We are governed by our Foundation Board of Trustees and several committees dedicated to guiding our programs.

Our Focus Is Simple

  • We seek to save lives by aggressively pursuing the prevention and ultimate cure of liver disease.
  • We aim to inspire the next generation of hepatologists by supporting innovative research and connecting young investigators to essential training resources that they otherwise would not be able to attain.
  • We are committed to ensuring frontline health care professionals have the fundamental tools and education they need to diagnose, treat and refer liver disease.

Our Impact is Real

Our funding makes a remarkable impact on the careers of researchers and health care providers who study and treat liver disease. It pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of liver disease research and care.

Awards granted by AASLD Foundation not only drive innovative research in hepatology but are also an investment in the careers of future change makers in our field.

Typically, every dollar AASLD Foundation invests in research awards leads to $2.49 in subsequent funding from the NIH, DoD or VA.

Our Programs

Research and Career Development Awards

Our Research and Career Development awards are the preeminent awards dedicated to hepatology research and training.

Our awards:

  • Secure training for those caring for patients with liver disease
  • Provide critical funding for new and innovative liver research
  • Encourage young investigators new to the field
  • Increase access to health professionals trained to providers for patients with liver disease

Emerging Liver Scholars Program

One of our best opportunities in finding more treatments and cures for liver diseases lies in the hands of the next generation of hepatology researchers and clinicians. Through our Emerging Liver Scholars program, we begin nurturing the interest in – and ability to have – a career in hepatology right as the best and brightest enter residency.

Fundamentals of Liver Disease

Frontline health care professionals are often the first to see liver disease patients in their clinics. It is important for these professionals to understand the fundamentals of liver disease to better help them diagnose, treat and refer (when appropriate) to hepatology.

Through our Fundamentals of Liver Disease program, AASLD Foundation provides free, CME- and CE-accredited online education to these valuable frontline health professionals to ensure early diagnosis and treatment for people with liver disease.

A Bold Plan to Fund Tomorrow’s Cures for Liver Diseases

In our lifetime, advancements in liver disease research and care have become extraordinary promises of hope for those suffering from the devastating effects of liver disease. From liver transplantation to HCV cures, the lives of countless patients have been transformed through outstanding patient care and innovative cures.

However, liver disease continues to be a major health problem. To get closer to a world without liver disease, a consistent, stable source of funding is required. AASLD Foundation is — and with your help will continue to be — that stable source of funding.

Whether you are a researcher fueled by a passion to pursue discovery leading to the next liver disease cure, a clinician making a difference in the lives of patients and their families, an industry partner committed to new treatment options, a grateful patient, or a dedicated caregiver or family member — you share this vision of a world without liver disease.

Any gift you give to AASLD Foundation will make a difference and will be stewarded with the utmost care. Will you join us in funding tomorrow’s cures today?

Contact Us

To learn more about how you can support liver disease research and training, contact the AASLD Foundation at 703-299-9766, or send an email to Foundation@aasld.org.

Researcher Profile: Interview with Dr. Monika Sarkar