The NASH Education Program, an independent legal entity and nonpartisan initiative designed to increase education and awareness of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, recently launched in the U.S., according to a press release.
Along with its planned education and awareness efforts, the NASH Education Program will organize the first International NASH Day on June 12, 2018, which will take place in approximately 20 international cities.
“NASH is predicted to become the leading cause for liver transplantation in the U.S. by 2020,” Stephen A. Harrison, MD, medical director of Pinnacle Clinical Research, San Antonio, said in the release. “Yet NASH is a ‘silent’ chronic disease that is difficult to diagnose, meaning those most at risk for developing NASH, or who may already have it, don't know it. The NASH Education Program is designed to place the practitioners and the patients at the heart of tomorrow’s awareness and education actions. We hope to give voice to potential NASH patients and help them on the path to a longer, healthier life."
The program includes an independent scientific committee comprising hepatologists and diabetologists from the U.S. and Europe, educational videos and digital content, and research conducted by the NASH Global Health Observatory. The program also released results of a patient survey that details patient awareness, opinion on the need for more information on NASH, and comorbid health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
During the program’s premier International NASH Day, a large coalition of physicians, scientists, patients and stakeholders will gather to promote awareness of NASH and efforts for improved therapy. – by Talitha Bennett