Posted 28th October 2019 by Liv Sewell
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most prevalent cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. There is not currently a successful therapy to treat HCC in advanced stages. NASH is a primary risk factor for liver cancer.
Devanand Sarkar and his team have uncovered the molecular mechanisms leading to NASH and HCC, shedding light on the connections between obesity and cancer. He is leveraging this knowledge to develop targeted treatments for both NASH and advanced HCC. We asked him to give us a brief insight into his work ahead of his presentation at the 3rd Global NASH Congress, 2020.
Posted 30th August 2019 by Liv Sewell
NAFLD is the primary contributor to chronic liver disease worldwide with incident rates of 20-30% in western countries and 5-18% in Asia. The discovery of early stage biomarkers for patients with the reversible form of the disease is therefore a research priority. Recent work has shown perturbation of the microbiome and specific microbiome-associated metabolites contribute to the phenotype of NAFLD.
Posted 24th May 2019 by Joshua Sewell
The European Medicines Agency published a “Reflection paper on chronic liver diseases (PBC, PSC, and NASH)” in Autumn 2018. Elmer Schabel gives a detailed display of the contents of this first regulatory guidance with regard to NASH, as well as a preliminary evaluation of the initial feedback and input received by stakeholders.
Posted 13th May 2019 by Joshua Sewell
NOX enzymes are a family of enzymes which amplify multiple signalling pathways associated with liver disease. At the Global NASH Congress, Alexandre Grassin shared a presentation about Genkyotex’s novel molecule GTK831, a NOX1/4 inhibitor, and the interim results from its phase two trial.
Posted 29th April 2019 by Joshua Sewell
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) ranges from simple hepatic steatosis to severe, life-threatening non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Steatosis is mostly asymptomatic and does not cause health complications.
Posted 24th April 2019 by Joshua Sewell
Over the last decade, the understanding of genetic factors impacting progressive liver disease has greatly increased. At the 2nd Global NASH Congress, Associate Professor at the University of Milan, Luca Valenti’s research showed the I148M variant of PNPLA3 to be the main common genetic determinant of NAFLD, and how this discovery can be translated into therapeutic approaches.
A novel NOX1 and NOX4 inhibitor, an EMA reflection paper on drug development, and the genetics of NAFLD
Posted 27th March 2019 by Joshua Sewell
Following the 2nd Global NASH Congress, we have made the following presentation slides from Alexandre Grassin, Elmer Schabel & Luca Valenti available.
Posted 21st December 2018 by Jane Williams
The burden of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) continues to increase at an alarming rate. The prevalence of disease equals the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (nearly 30% of the adult population), and NASH-cirrhosis represents the second cause for entering the waiting list for liver transplantation, with/without associated primary liver cancer.