Current considerations for clinical management and care of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Insights from the 1st International Workshop of the Canadian NASH Network (CanNASH)

Giada Sebastiani, Keyur Patel, Vlad Ratziu, Jordan J. Feld, Brent A. Neuschwander-Tetri, Massimo Pinzani, Salvatore Petta, Annalisa Berzigotti, Peter Metrakos, Naglaa Shoukry, Elizabeth M. Brunt, An Tang, Jeremy F. Cobbold, Jean Marie Ekoe, Karen Seto, Peter Ghali, Stéphanie Chevalier, Quentin M. Anstee, Heather Watson, Harpreet BajajJames Stone, Mark G. Swain, Alnoor Ramji

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Abstract

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects approximately 8 million Canadians. NAFLD refers to a disease spectrum ranging from bland steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Nearly 25% of patients with NAFLD develop NASH, which can progress to liver cirrhosis and related end-stage complications. Type 2 diabetes and obesity represent the main risk factors for the disease. The Canadian NASH Network is a national collaborative organization of health care professionals and researchers with a primary interest in enhancing understanding, care, education, and research around NAFLD, with a vision of best practices for this disease state. At the 1st International Workshop of the CanNASH network in April 2021, a joint event with the single topic conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), clinicians, epidemiologists, basic scientists, and community members came together to share their work under the theme of NASH. This symposium also marked the initiation of collaborations between Canadian and other key opinion leaders in the field representative of international liver associations. The main objective is to develop a policy framework that outlines specific targets, suggested activities, and evidence-based best practices to guide provincial, territorial, and federal organizations in developing multidisciplinary models of care and strategies to address this epidemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-90
Number of pages30
JournalCanadian Liver Journal
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Biomedical
  • Canadian NASH Network
  • Clinical
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemiological
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Public health

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