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Institute Assembles Team of 'All-Star Researchers' to Cure Hepatitis B
March 30– The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute has recruited a team of “all Star researchers” who will focus exclusively on developing a cure for hepatitis B, with a goal for breakthrough therapies within the next three years. Read more.

New Liver Cancer Report, New Links Emerge: Coffee Is Protective, Obesity Increases Risk
March 30 – A report from an ongoing systematic review of global research finds that drinking coffee lowers the risk of liver cancer, while there is strong evidence linking obesity and increased alcohol consumption to an increased risk for liver cancer, a disease that is increasing in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Read more.

Study Suggests HBV Exposure Matures Infants' Immune Systems
March 30 - A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. Read more.

Combination Therapy Boosts Antiviral Response to Chronic Infection
March 30 – A Yale-led team has identified a promising new combination immunotherapy to enhance the body's ability to fight chronic viral infections and possibly cancer. Read more.


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Hepatitis on the Hill - HBV Personal Perspective and Action Alert
HepB UnitedMarch 17 – A personal reflection of last week’s Hepatitis on the Hill, which was organized by Hep B United, the National Viral Hepatitis Round Table and the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership, and brought together 75 viral hepatitis advocates to raise awareness on Capitol Hill. Be sure to contact your State legislators to let them know that hepatitis B is important to you. Read more.

Read the 2014 Annual Report of the Hepatitis B Foundation and Its Baruch S. Blumberg Institute 
Learn more about all of the research, outreach and national advocacy achievements that are moving us closer to fulfilling our mission to find a cure for hepatitis B and improve the lives of those affected worldwide. Download now...

Hepatitis B Virus Turns 50 This Year! 
Feb. 15 - Drs. Baruch S. Blumberg, Harvey Alter and Sam Visnich published the first article about the "Australia Antigen" (later named the "hepatitis B virus") in the February 1965 issue of the J. American Medical Association. Dr. Blumberg and his team, including Dr. W. Thomas London, were responsible for the discovery of the hepatitis B virus, blood test and the vaccine to prevent infection. These discoveries have saved hundreds of millions of lives worldwide. Dr. Blumberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1976 for his discovery that a viral infection (in this case, the hepatitis B virus) could cause a chronic infection. In 1991, he helped establish the Hepatitis B Foundation where he served as its Distinguished Scientist until his passing in 2011. Read article...


 

 

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Washington, DC

March 12-15 - APASL Conference
Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver
Istanbul, Turkey

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Hepatitis B Foundation Crystal Ball honoring Dr. Eugene Schiff
Warrington, PA

April 22-26 – EASL Liver Congress
European Association for the Study of the Liver
Vienna, Austria

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