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In 2019, AASLD Foundation is helping bring 15 promising early-career investigators to Digestive Disease Week to attend and present their work to an international audience.

Congratulations to the 2019 Abstract Award recipients. These awardees will present their research at Digestive Disease Week in San Diego, CA May 18-21.

Allison J. Baragona, MD
Institution: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Abstract: Edmonton Obesity Staging System as a Predictor of Post-Liver Transplant Morbidity and Mortality



Vincent L. Chen, MD
Institution: Michigan Medicine
Abstract: Polygenic Partial Lipodystrophy Contributes to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Liver Fibrosis in the Population



Katherine Cheng, MD
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Abstract: Cholangitis in Patients with Biliary Atresia Receiving Hepatoportoenterostomy: A National Database Study



Marianne Anastasia De Roza, MBBS, MRCP, MMED
Institution: Singhealth
Abstract: Long Term Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors Increases Mortality and Hepatic Decompensation in Patients with Decompensated Liver Cirrhosis



Marc Elias, MD
Institution: Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Abstract: Hepatocyte-Specific IRE1-ALPHA Knockout Mice Fed a High Fat Diet Have Enhanced Apoptotic Signaling and Reduced Expression of the Perk Pathway and Lipid Synthesis Genes



Kunimaro Furuta, MD, PhD
Institution: Mayo Clinic
Abstract: Extracellular Vesicles-Bearing Integrin β1 Mediate Monocytes Adhesion and Promote Liver Inflammation in Murine NASH



Stefany Hernandez Benabe, MD
Institution: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Abstract: Are Race or Ethnicity Indicators of Disease Type or Severity in Pediatric Autoimmune Hepatitis or Autoimmune Sclerosing Cholangitis?



Xiaojiaoyang Li, PhD
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract: Cholangiocyte-Derived Exosomal LNCRNA H19 Plays a Critical Role in Regulating Macrophage Activation Under Cholestatic Conditions



Felix Lui, MD
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Abstract: Ultrasonographic (US) Two Dimensional Measurement (2DM) of Spleen is Superior to Other Validated Noninvasive Surrogates/Models in Diagnosing Cirrhosis



Xuefeng Luo, MD
Institution: West China Hospital
Abstract: Randomised Trial of Balloon-Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration Versus Cyanoacrylate Injection for Prevention of Gastric Variceal Rebleeding



Takahiro Nishio, MD, PhD
Institution: University of California, San Diego
Abstract: Universal Mechanism of Myofibroblast Activation Via Interaction Between THY1 and Mesothelin in Organ Fibrogenesis



Samarth S. Patel, MD
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract: Use of Aspirin and Statin for Management of Coronary Artery Disease in Liver Transplant Recipients



Carla Perez, MD
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital
Abstract: P2X2 Purinergic Receptor Signaling Promotes Hepatocellular Injury in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis



Keisaku Sato, PhD
Institution: Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Abstract: Extracellular Vesicles Isolated From Cholangiocytes Lacking the Secretin/Secretin Receptor Axis Attenuate Liver Fibrosis Via Cargo MicroRNAS in the MDR2-/- Mouse Model of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis



Chung Sang Tse, MD
Institution: Brown University
Abstract: Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents are not associated with an increased risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence in Liver Transplantation Recipients with Hepatitis C.