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2014

Uniting to Combat Hepatitis B
June 9 – HBF and HBU’s own Kate Moraras reflects on the second Hep B United Summit, which brought together local coalitions from all over the country to discuss how best to combat the “silent epidemic”, and raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer. Read more.

Hep B United, a National Coalition Led By Hepatitis B Foundation and AAPCHO, Hosts 2nd Summit in Washington, DC
HepB UnitedMay 26 – Hep B United, a national coalition to address and eliminate hepatitis B convened in Washington, DC during May National Hepatitis Awareness Month. Read more.

 

Hepatitis B Foundation Leads “Operation Storm City Hall” in Philadelphia
Operation StormMay 8 – A chorus of voices supporting increased access to viral hepatitis testing for Philadelphia residents echoed through a recent city council meeting, as advocacy groups joined forces to deliver a powerful message. Read more.

Hepatitis Awareness Month – The Face of Hepatitis B
May 5 – In celebration of Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, two special people share their powerful, personal stories in keeping with the theme “I Am Beyond”. Read more.

The Hepatitis B Foundation and Community Partners 'Storm' Philadelphia City Council to Promote National Hepatitis Awareness Month
May 5 – Join the Hepatitis B Foundation Thursday, May 8th, when we visit the Philadelphia City Council to ask leaders to support increased testing for viral hepatitis in Philadelphia’s at-risk populations. Read more.

Dr. Thomas Starzl Receives Hepatitis B Foundation’s Highest Scientific Honor
April 28 – The 2014 Crystal Ball Gala, hosted by the Hepatitis B Foundation included an evening of dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and the award of the highest scientific award from the Foundation awarded to Dr. Thomas Startz for his pioneering work in liver transplantation. Read more.

Saving Lives Through Prevention: Ensuring Equal Access for AllChari Cohen
April 14 – During National Public Health Week, Chari Cohen, HBF’s Director of Public Health discussed the success of current public health prevention programs, and the need to ensure all communities have equal access to preventive services. Read more.

Hep B United Participates in Launch of Updated HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan
April 3 – A launch event was held today in Wash, DC to announce the renewed viral hepatitis action plan from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which was first released in May 2011 – with a keynote address from U.S. Secretary for Health Kathleen Sebelius. The renewed plan, which was spearheaded by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, provides critical steps to improve the prevention of viral hepatitis and the care and treatment of those who are infected, and lists important actions the agencies will undertake between 2014 and 2016 across six priority areas. Ms. Chari Cohen, HBF Director for Public Health, was invited to participate on the Community Panel during this event. Read more.

Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD, to Receive HBF's 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize
Dr. Starzl will be honored with the 2014 Blumberg Prize in recognition of Dr Starzlhis transformational contributions to opening up an entirely new field of medicine – organ transplantation. He pioneered the first successful human liver transplant in 1967 which has saved thousands of lives of those suffering from liver failure and liver cancer due to chronic hepatitis B infections. The award will be presented on April 11 at the HBF's annual Crystal Ball. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation and Hep B United Applaud USPSTF for Draft HBV Screening Recommendations
Feb. 10 - The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft “B” grade for HBV screening of populations most vulnerable to HBV infection, which includes foreign-born individuals from countries with a 2% or higher HBV prevalence rate. A "B" grade recommendation ensures that healthcare providers will increase HBV screening in high-risk populations and that insurance carriers will reimburse for the testing! Read more.

Dr. Robert Gish Becomes Medical Director for Hepatitis B Foundation
Feb 10 - An internationally renowned medical researcher in the field of viral hepatitis, Dr. Gish has made invaluable contributions to the understanding and treatment of hepatitis B, which is the world’s leading cause of liver cancer. A longtime supporter of the foundation’s mission and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Gish’s new role will further strengthen its research and advocacy efforts worldwide. Read more.

2013

Top HBF Happenings of 2013

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HBF Renames Research Institute in Honor of Co-Founder and Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg

Justice Department Settles with New Jersey Medical Schools Over HBV-Related Discrimination (HBF played a key role in getting HBV protected under ADA)

Hep B United Partners with CDC on First-Ever National Hepatitis B Testing Campaign for Asian Americans (HBF is co-founder and co-chair of the Hep B United national coalition)

HBF Creates LiverCancerConnect.org and Features 3-Part Webinar Series of Primary Causes of Liver Cancer (Download the free series)

HBF Receives Prestigious “Hepatitis Champion” Award From CDC For Successful Advocacy Against HBV Discrimination

Hepatitis B Foundation's Student Research Program Receives Support from Fulton Bank
Nov 20 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s (HBF) High School Enrichment Program recently received a $10,000 donation from the Fulton Bank. Read more.

The Hep B Foundation’s Baruch S. Blumberg Institute Hosts the 13th Annual Regional Biotech Conference
Nov 15 – Company leaders gathered at the PA Biotechnology Center to discuss ways to get products to market faster, saving valuable time and money during the process. Read more.

Hep B United Twitter Chat
Nov 11 – Join Hep B United and partners for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, November 19 from 3pm-4pm EST, for a discussion on addressing hepatitis B in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Read more.

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In Loving Memory of Arline Loh, Passionate Hepatitis B Advocate, Who Passed October 15, 2013
Oct 21 – In memory of Arline Loh, hepatitis B advocate, 2013 White House Champion of Change, founder of Advocacy project, H+EAL, and loving mother, wife and grandmother. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation Adds Dr. Walter Tsou and Deborah L. Faust to Board of Directors
September 20 - The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, and Deborah L. Faust to its board of directors. Read More.

Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Research Program Graduates Budding Scientists
August 28 - The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) sponsored 18 students in their innovative educational summer programs geared towards training the scientists of tomorrow: the High School Science Enrichment program and College Summer Research Internships. Both are comprehensive programs that expose participants to the real world of science and biotechnology entrepreneurship. The HBF provides high school and college students a unique experience in professional research labs to prepare them for potential careers in the fast-growing areas of biomedical research, biotechnology, and public health. Read More.

HBF Executive Director Receives Prestigious Award
July 29 – HBF Executive Director Joan Block received the CDC "Hepatitis Champions" award in Washington DC for her advocacy success in adding HBV to a protected disability under the ADA law. Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC's Div of Viral Hepatitis presented the award at a special ceremony in commemoration of World Hepatitis Day on July 28. Read more.

Hep B United Partners with CDC on First-Ever Multilingual Hepatitis B Testing Campaign for Asian Americans
June 12 – Hep B United, founded by the Hepatitis B Foundation and AAPCHO, joined the CDC in announcing the first-ever multilingual campaign for Asian Americans to increase testing for hepatitis B among this population across the United States. Read more.

Hep B United Community Strategic Plan Published in J. of Community Health
June 4 – Read Hep B United's publication, "Eradication of Hepatitis B: A Nationwide Community Coalition Approach to Improving Vaccination, Screening, and Linkage to Care," which highlights its community strategic response to the HHS national viral hepatitis action plan that was developed at its first summit in August 2012. Read more.

Hep B United Philadelphia Hosts “B” a Hero Celebration
June 3 – Read how the city of Philadelphia complemented Hep B United Philly’s hepatitis B awareness efforts. Read more.

ABC Action News Covers Hepatitis B Event in Philadelphia
HepbUnitedMay 17 – The Hepatitis B Foundation and its local Hep B United Philly coalition hosted a rally and then ran up the famous Philadelphia art museum steps a la "Rocky style." View video. 

 

 

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!
Get involved and find an activity near you to promote hepatitis B awareness and education on the HBF website.

Download the HBF's 3-Part Liver Cancer Webinar Series to Learn More
Visit our dedicated patient-focused liver cancer website to access the free webinars at www.livercancerconnect.org. 

Listen to Fatty Liver Disease and Liver Cancer by Dr. Kenneth Rothstein
Download April 22, 2013 Webinar

HBF’s Pennsylvania Biotech Center Has Huge Economic Impact
March 8 – The PA Biotechnology Center, created by the Hepatitis B Foundation, has generated $579 million and 573 jobs for the region and state. View Video.

Justice Department Settles with New Jersey Medical Schools Over HBV-Related Discrimination
March 5 – The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey regarding the exclusion of applicants with hepatitis B, which was brought to their attention by the HBF. Read more.

Last Week to Vote For HBF's Entry in the Philly DoGooder Awards Contest
Jan 28 – Please vote daily for HBF's video entry in the Philly DoGooder Awards Contest for a chance to split the $250,000 prize money with 4 other organizations. Help us win so we can gain more resources to empower the community. The last day to vote is January 31st! Use your Facebook login and vote here.

Hep B United Selected as CDC's Featured Partner This Month
Jan 7 - Hep B United, a national campaign to address hepatitis B and liver cancer, was the selected partner featured on the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) website this month. NPIN is the U.S. reference and referral service for information on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs and TB. The goal is to highlight the work of CDC's prevention partners and encourage partners to connect with each other to share information and strategies. Read More...

2012

1,000 Pounds of Food Donated by Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center
Dec 17 – For a sixth consecutive year the staff, scientists, and entrepreneur companies generously donated non-perishable food items plus monetary donations to help feed local community members who need assistance at this time. Read More...

The American Journal of Medicine Publishes HBF's Consensus Recommendations and Algorithm
Dec. 4 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s article “Internist Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection” has been published in The American Journal of Medicine (Nov. 2012). An easy-to-use clinical algorithm is included to assist internists in screening and managing this under-recognized liver disease. Read More...

HBF Receives $125,000 Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dec 3 – HBF has been selected by the CDC as one of the two demonstration sites in the U.S. to document its education, screening and linkage to care efforts through its innovative Hep B United Philadelphia campaign. Read More...

Chari Cohen, HBF Director of Public Health, Receives "Forty Under 40" Award for Outstanding Accomplishments
Nov 26 – Chari Cohen, MPH, DrPh(c), Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation, was awarded "Forty Under 40" award for outstanding accomplishments. Read More...

CDC Webinar on Cultural Competency by Expert Speaker Chari Cohen
Nov 5 – A culturally competent approach to reducing disparities in AAPIs is given by Chari Cohen, MPH, DRPH(c), Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation. View now.

HBF's Chari Cohen Expert Speaker in CDC Webinar on Chronic Hepatitis B
Oct. 29 – Chari Cohen, MPH, DrPh(c), Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation, provides a comprehensive overview of chronic HBV and associated health disparities in a webinar produced by the U. of Alabama in partnership with the CDC. View now.

Dr. Timothy Block featured in Keystone Edge Leader Profiles
Oct 29 – Dr. Timothy Block, President and co-founder, Hepatitis B Foundation, was featured in an online newsletter that covers growth and what’s next in Pennsylvania, discussing the good work of the HBF. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Research Institute Hosts 12th Annual Regional Biotech Conference
Oct 23 – Philadelphia-area leading life sciences and biotech entrepreneurs shared their “Biotech Success Stories of the Region” at this year’s Annual Regional Biotech Conference. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation Adds Dr. Ford-Hutchinson to Board of Directors
Oct 1 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony W. Ford-Hutchinson, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Ford-Hutchinson possesses more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, drug and vaccines discovery, research and development, business development, emerging markets and scientific strategy. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Research Internships Attract Top Students
Sept 17 – The Hepatitis B Foundation sponsored 15 students to participate in their innovative educational summer programs geared towards training the scientists of tomorrow. Read more.

The Hepatitis B Foundation Mourns the Loss of a Leading Hepatitis B Expert
Aug 27 – HBF mourns the loss of Dr. R. Palmer Beasley, a true loss to the Hepatitis B community and the world. Dr. Beasley was the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award 2010 at HBF’s annual Crystal Ball, due to his pioneering research in hepatitis B and his numerous contributions including the identification of mother–to–infant hepatitis B transmission, the fatal link between HBV and liver cancer, and the initiation of a successful national HBV immunization program in Taiwan. Read more.

The Hepatitis B Foundation and "Saturday Mornings With Joy Keys" Twitter Chat
Aug 20 – Join Joy Keys of "Saturday Mornings With Joy Keys" and HBF for a live HBV twitter chat. Get the details and join the conversation. Read more.

Hep B Foundation Advocates for HBV-Infected Health Care Providers and Students Facing Discrimination
July 6 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to have played a major role in advocating for the CDC’s updated HBV recommendations to end the unnecessary discrimination against HBV-infected health care providers and students. This is a huge patient advocacy success and the HBF applauds the CDC for responding to an urgent need and publishing its recommendations only one year after convening the first meeting to update their 1991 recommendations. Read our Spring B Informed Newsletter for more of the interesting “back-story.” Read Article.

Dr. Howard Koh Highlights New Hepatitis Resources
July 2 – Read the wonderful “Dear Colleague” letter from Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which highlights the successes and new resources generated from this year’s May Hepatitis Awareness Month. Read more.

Photo Flash Mob Video
June 4 – Enjoy this energetic video of Hep B United Philadelphia and partners in action in this year’s Photo Flash Mob in Love Park, Philadelphia. View now.

Hepatitis B Awareness Effort Hits Philadelphia’s Love Park

Hepatitis B Awareness Effort Hits Philadelphia’s Love Park
May 21 – A local effort took place in “Love Park” in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation, where the Hep B United Philly participants were flexing their muscles in recognition of National Hepatitis Awareness Month. Read more.

(Chari Cohen, left, is associate director for public health at the Hepatitis B Foundation. Credit: John McDevitt)

Hepatitis B Foundation Honors U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Breaks Fundraising Record at Crystal Ball
May 21 – The Hepatitis B Foundation hosted its well-attended, annual Crystal Ball fundraiser breaking all previous fundraising records. During the evening, Dr. Howard Koh was honored with the Baruch S. Blumberg Prize for his leadership in creating the first HHS Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis, elevating HBV as a national health priority. Read more.

“B A Hero” PSA Contest Finalists & Winner Announced
May 14 – Congratulations to Isaac Mejia and Robert Ryu for winning the “B A Hero” Video Contest. Enjoy the winning video and other notable entries that help raise HBV awareness around the country. View now.

Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy: Consensus Recommendations
May 7 – New consensus recommendations for the evaluation and management of pregnant women with hepatitis B are featured in Part 1 and Part 2 of The Female Patient. The recommendations resulted from a workshop that the Hepatitis B Foundation convened with prominent practitioners to help improve hepatitis B–related outcomes during and after pregnancy. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Audiocast with Dr. Brian McMahon: Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy
May 7 – Listen to Dr. Brian J. McMahon discuss the new OB recommendations for the management of infected pregnant women published by The Female Patient and the critical need to not overlook the medical needs of infected moms. Listen now.

Brad Segall Talks to Chari Cohen of HBF on Listen Live on WOGL
April 30 - Listen to this informative talk on Hepatitis B, and the research, advocacy and outreach of the Hepatitis B Foundation, along with upcoming Hep B United Philadelphia events.

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Round 3 – “B A Hero” PSA Video Voting is Currently Open
April 23 – Check out the latest creative entries from round 3 of Hep B United Philadelphia’s “B A Hero” video contest. Voting ends April 30th, so cast your vote today! Read more.

Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy: Consensus Recommendations

Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy: Consensus Recommendations
April 9 – New consensus recommendations for the evaluation and management of pregnant women with hepatitis B is a featured article in The Female Patient. The recommendations resulted from a workshop that the Hepatitis B Foundation convened with prominent practitioners to help improve hepatitis B–related outcomes during and after pregnancy. Read more.

 
 

Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health for HHS

Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health for HHS, to be Honored by Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to be honoring Dr. Howard Koh at its Crystal Ball on April 27 in recognition of his outstanding leadership on developing the HHS National Action Plan on Viral Hepatitis. He will be the first recipient of the HBF's inaugural "Baruch S. Blumberg Prize," which was established to memorialize Dr. Blumberg's discovery of the hepatitis B virus and invention of the first vaccine against it, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Tickets are still available for this gala evening! Read more.

 

Hep B Philadelphia “B A Hero” Photo Scavenger Hunt, Week 2
March 26 – Wear your Hep B Hero shirt with pride as you go places, take photos, raise HBV awareness, and WIN PRIZES. Join the fun and register today!

Hep B Philadelphia “B A Hero” Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest Begins
March 19 – Wear your Hep B Hero shirt proudly as you go places, take photos, raise HBV awareness, and WIN PRIZES. Register today and join the fun! Read more.

B A Hero Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest 2012

Hep B Free Philadelphia “B A Hero” Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest 2012
March 12 – Wear your Hep B Hero shirt proudly as you go places, take photos, raise HBV awareness, and WIN PRIZES. Join the fun! Read more.

 

Hep B Free Philadelphia “B A Hero” Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest 2012
March 12 – Wear your Hep B Hero shirt proudly as you go places, take photos, raise HBV awareness, and WIN PRIZES. Join the fun! Read more.

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“Where is the Hep B Hero?” Sweepstakes
March 5 – It”s the 5th and final week of “Where is the Hep B Hero?” sweepstakes. Don’t miss out. Be sure to join the fun, help raise HBV awareness and win prizes! Read more.

 

Hepatitis B Foundation Adds New Members to Board of Directors
March 5 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to announce the addition of three members to its Board of Directors. Read more.

Round I “B A Hero” PSA Video Contest Winner Announced!
Feb. 27 - The first finalist from Hep B Free Philadelphia’s “B A Hero PSA Video Contest” has been announced! You can admire the creative work of Drexel Hep B Free. Join the fun and create your own 30 second video to help raise HBV awareness in rounds II and III of the contest! Check out the details.

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Join the Fun with Hep B Free Philadelphia!
Feb. 20 – Hep B Free Philly activities are in full swing! It’s week 3 of “Where is the Hep B Hero” Sweepstakes. Win prizes and become famous! And be sure to “Like” Hep B Free Philly on Facebook!

 
 
 
 
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Join the Fun with Hep B Free Philadelphia!
Feb. 13 – Hep B Free Philly activities are in full swing! It’s Week 2 of “Where is the Hep B Hero?” Sweepstakes. Win prizes and become famous! And be sure to “Like” Hep B Free Philly on Facebook.

 

 

 

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Join the Fun with Hep B Free Philadelphia!
Feb. 6 – Check out Hep B Free Philadelphia’s new activities. Be creative, win contests for prizes, and join the fun with “Where is the B A Hero” sweepstakes. The more “Likes” on Facebook the more fun you’ll have! Start now.

 
 
 

2011 HBF Annual Report Now Available Online!
Read about the achievements of the Hepatitis B Foundation as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2011. Download now.

2011

5th Annual Holiday Food Drive Sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center
Dec. 14 – At a time when donations to food pantries are at a low point, the Hepatitis B Foundation and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center are doing their part by collecting a record-number (1,185 pounds) of non-perishable food items for the Bucks County Housing Group food pantry. Read More...

 

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Back Cover photo of Alfred M. Prince from his memoir, "The Poetry of Life" [Hardcover]. Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (March 17, 2010).

In Memory of
Alfred M. Prince, M.D.

Dec. 16, 1928 – Oct. 18, 2011

Hepatitis B Foundation Recognizes the Loss of a Leader in HBV Research
Dr. Alfred Prince is a physician who devoted his life to the study of viruses, particularly hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses, and the prevention of these infections by immunization.

From 1974 to 2006, he spent several months each in Africa where he developed a humane chimpanzee research center, which played a significant role in his professional life.

In 2010, Dr. Prince wrote a memoir titled “The Poetry of Life,” which detailed the ups and downs of life in science as well as the pleasures of living in Europe, Japan and Africa.

 

Watch the Hep B Free Philadelphia Video from First Citywide Hospital Testing Day for HBV!
Nov. 28 – Watch the Hep B Free Philadelphia coalition in action, led by the Hepatitis B Foundation, as they worked together to screen more than 200 at-risk patients at four of the major hospitals in Philadelphia during one very busy day! View HBV Screening Day Video now.

High School Students Working in HBF Research Labs Reach Finals in Siemens Competition

High School Students Working in HBF Research Labs Reach Finals in Siemens Competition
Nov. 14 – Two high schools students were finalists in the national Siemens Competition with a project that involved determining whether the HBV genome can be used to detect liver cancer at an early stage of the disease in order to improve survival rates. Michael Chen and Kevin Chen worked in the Hepatitis B Foundation’s research labs on this graduate school level project for almost two years. Read more.

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Dr. Roy Vagelos, Retired Chairman and CEO of Merck, Keynote Speaker at HBF Conference
Oct. 28 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s research institute invited Dr. Roy Vagelos to give the Keynote Address at its annual regional biotech conference on Oct. 28 where we announced the launch of our new Natural Products Discovery Institute. Under Dr. Vagelos’ leadership from 1985-1994, Merck & Co. had very successful drug discoveries from its natural products library that was donated to the Hepatitis B Foundation in June 2011. Based on this generous donation from Merck, we have created the Natural Products Discovery Institute to make this priceless collection available to scientists around the world. Read more.

HBF Sponsors Citywide Hospital Testing Day for Hepatitis B in Philadelphia!
Oct. 22 – For the first time, a citywide hospital testing day for hepatitis B was organized in Philadelphia on Saturday Oct. 22 by the HBF as part of the Hep B Free Philadelphia campaign to increase screening rates in the fight against hepatitis B and liver cancer. With 20 community-based organizations and 100 plus student volunteers from local colleges, medical schools and graduate public health programs, more than 200 at–risk patients were screened in one day. For more information, visit www.hepbfreephiladelphia.org!

First Citywide Hospital HBV Testing Day in Philadelphia on Oct. 22
“B A Hero” and get a free hepatitis B test at one of the 4 major hospitals in Philadelphia on Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 is the key message of Hep B Free Philadelphia campaign, led by the Hepatitis B Foundation. Free tests will be offered at Hahnemann U. Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson U. Hospital, and Albert Einstein Medical Center. View Comcast Newsmakers Interview about the Oct. 22 Hospital HBV Testing Day.

HBF Consensus Recommendations for Primary Care Providers Published
Sept. 12 – The Hepatitis B Foundation's evidence-based algorithm and consensus recommendations for primary care providers on whom to screen for hepatitis B and when to pursue further evaluation and management was published as an online exclusive by the Journal of Family Practice [Sept. 2011, 60(9)E1-8] .The HBF convened a workshop of expert physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to develop practical recommendations for use in busy primary care practices. Read Article.

 

donate your car Hepatitis B Foundation Launches Car Donation Program
Sept. 2 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of its vehicle donation program, a new fundraising initiative.

 
 

HBF Summer Internships Program Trains 17 Young Scientists
Aug. 29 – The Hepatitis B Foundation completed training of 17 high school and college students from its competitive and highly valued summer research internship program that is funded in part by an educational grant from Merck's West Point Charitable Contributions Committee.

HBF Summer Internships Program Trains 17 Young Scientists
Standing L to R: Alex Koszycki (Drexel U), Sitong Chen(Penn State U), Joshua Wonsidler (Ursinus College), Batbold Boldbaatar (Drexel U), Alex Hsu (Brown U) Andrew Degatano (Cornell U), Dante Morgnanesi (Lafayette College), Shivanjali Singh (Franklin HS), Gina Daniel (Providence HS), Soonhyun Kwon (Central Bucks West HS), Elizabeth Magno (Central Bucks East HS), Kevin Tang (Radnor HS), Richard Wang (Central Bucks South HS), William Helmold (Palisades HS), Patrick Araya (Germantown Friends School), Laura Dipaolo (U Pennsylvania), Sally Wentzel (Villanova U).
Dr. Timothy Block Named to the 2011PharmaVOICE 100 List

Dr. Timothy Block Named to the 2011PharmaVOICE 100 List
Dr. Timothy Block, co-founder, volunteer president and director of the Hepatitis B Foundation, the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center and the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, was recently named to the 2011 PharmaVOICE 100 list for serving as a positive contributor to the life-sciences industry. Read more...

 
 
World Hepatitis Day at the Whitehouse, July 28, 2011

White House Commemorates World Hepatitis Day 2011
Aug. 1 – July 28, 2011, marked the first official “World Hepatitis Day” established by the World Health Organization, which was recognized in a special event at the White House. HBF was invited to send representatives to the White House which included Chari Cohen (far right), Dr. Timothy Block (2nd from right), and Joan Block (3rd from right). Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, wrote about this historic day. Read his White House Blog.

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Leaders Visit Hep B Foundation's Haimen City Project

BMS Foundation Leaders Visit Hep B Foundation's Haimen City Project
Aug. 1 – The Hepatitis B Foundation was pleased to host leaders from the Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Foundation on a visit to our Gateway to Care Project in Haimen City, China. BMS Foundation provided a $400,000 charitable grant to support a citywide outreach and education effort among the 1 million residents. [Mr. John Damonti, president of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Foundation (4th from right), and Ms. Phangi Mtshali, director of BMS Foundation Delivering Hope (3rd from left), and Ms. Angel Tang, China project manager of BMS Foundation Delivering Hope (2nd from left)] Read more.

 

Univest Bank Makes Investment in Hepatitis B Foundation

Univest Bank Makes Investment in Hepatitis B Foundation
June 21 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is the proud recipient of a major charitable donation by Univest Bank and Trust Co. to support its important outreach and education programs. Standing left to right: HBF President Dr. Timothy Block, HBF Director of Programs Ms. Peggy Farley, and Univest Vice President Robert Michaud. Visit Univest.

 

Listen to Hepatitis B Foundation Live on WNPV 1440 AM!
June 21 – Hepatitis B Foundation's Dr. Timothy Block and Peggy Farley were interviewed live by Darryl Berger of WNPV 1440AM as part of a special event sponsored by Univest. Listen now to this great interview!


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Merck Donates Library to Hepatitis B Foundation’s Research Institute
June 6 – Merck donated its entire “priceless” natural products library, along with an undisclosed grant, to the research arm of the Hepatitis B Foundation. The Merck donation is considered to be one to the most diverse and best curated natural products libraries in the world and represents approximately 60% of all known plant genera in the world. Read more.


HBF 20th Anniversary Celebration Video
May 27 – Inspiring video captures the 20 year history of the Hepatitis B Foundation through photos and interviews with the Founders, including the last interview with Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg who passed away on April 5, 2011. View now.

 

HepBFree Philadelphia -- “B A Hero” Flash Mob Takes Over City Hall

“B A Hero” Flash Mob Takes Over City Hall
May 24 – The HBF mobilized the Hep B Free Philadelphia coalition to host a public awareness event at Philadelphia’s City Hall to launch the “B A Hero” theme that promotes testing and vaccination in the fight against hepatitis B during May National Hepatitis Awareness Month! See more photos.

 

 

20th Anniversary Crystal Ball Gala Committee

HBF Breaks Fundraising Record at 20th Anniversary Crystal Ball
May 24 – The Hepatitis B Foundation just raised a record-breaking $95,000 at its 20th Anniversary Crystal Ball with more than 250 VIP guests in attendance! Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio Bureau Chief, was honored with the HBF’s inaugural “Community Commitment Award” and Univest National Bank was this year’s premier sponsor. Read more.

 

Last Chance to Win Exotic Cost Rica Vacation!

Arenas del Mar Resort in the Costa Rica Rain Forest

Win a chance for a 6 day/night vacation stay at the exclusive Arenas del Mar Resort in the Costa Rica Rain Forest that is being offered as part of the Hepatitis B Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Crystal Ball celebration! For a $100 donation, you can be entered into a raffle for a vacation resort package worth $5,000 for a couple or family up to five people. (Travel expenses are not included.) Winner does not need to be present at the drawing on May 13 at the Crystal Ball. Win a Chance Now!

 

Hepatitis B Foundation Kicks Off New International Campaign in Haimen City, China

Hepatitis B Foundation Publicly Kicks Off Gateway to Care Campaign in Haimen City, China
April 25 - The Foundation’s Gateway to Care program in Haimen City is a multi-year, citywide initiative is designed as a demonstration project to create a model outreach and education program that can be readily adapted and duplicated in other cities to help reduce the enormous burden of hepatitis B in China. This new international program is made possible by a $400,000 educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Joan Block to be Honored by Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi)
The PASSi’s 2011 Distinguished Health Leader Award will be presented at their annual gala on May 20 to Joan Block, HBF executive director and co-founder, in recognition of her contributions to improving the health of Asian Americans. Read more.

2010

YouTube Video Captures HBF History Over 20 Years

HBF History over 20 yearsCheck out the short, fun video on YouTube that captures the history of the Hepatitis B Foundation through old photos and great music created by Fox Productions. View now!

 

 

 

Hepatitis B Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

HBF 20th Anniversary Birthday Celebration

The HBF is proud to be celebrating in 2011 our 20th Anniversary as a leading global authority dedicated to eliminating hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy! On January 28, 1991 the Hepatitis B Foundation was officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in New Hope, PA. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation 2010 Annual Report Released. Jan. 17 – Read about the Hepatitis B Foundation’s accomplishments and list of generous donors in 2010.Download today!

Hepatitis B Foundation Collects 1,000 lbs of Food During Holiday Drive
Dec. 22 – The Hepatitis B Foundation collected over 1,185 lbs of non-perishable food items, which is more than double what it collected last year, and over $600 in cash donations to share with the Bucks County Housing Group food pantry. This is the fourth consecutive year that the HBF professional staff, scientists, and entrepreneur companies who work at the foundation’s PA Biotechnology Center participated in this community outreach effort.

 

Hep B Free Philadelphia Hosts Screening and Vaccination Workshop

Hep B Free Philadelphia Hosts Screening and Vaccination Workshop
Dec. 14 – Hep B Free Philadelphia hosted its first HBV Screening and Vaccination Training Workshop that attracted more than 40 participants from community-based organizations, public health professionals and both college and medical student volunteer groups. The goal was to train interested groups to help increase the number of HBV screening and vaccination efforts in the city, which is the mission of Hep B Free Philadelphia! Learn more about the campaign.

 

 

 

HBF Joins NVHR to Meet with Top Leadership at CDC

(L to R: Lorren Sandt, Sam So, Brian Edlin, Doug LeBrecque, Daniel Raymond, Andi Thomas, Chris Taylor, Martha Saly, Dan Church, Joan Block, Michael Ninburg, Dan Riedford, John Ward, Ryan Clary, Corinna Dan)
(L to R: Lorren Sandt, Sam So, Brian Edlin, Doug LeBrecque, Daniel Raymond, Andi Thomas, Chris Taylor, Martha Saly, Dan Church, Joan Block, Michael Ninburg, Dan Riedford, John Ward, Ryan Clary, Corinna Dan)

Dec. 8 – HBF joined NVHR in Atlanta for a full day of meetings on Dec. 7 with top CDC leadership that included a morning of interactive discussions with Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and Dr. John Ward, director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis, and his department chiefs. In the afternoon, there was a special meeting with Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC to call attention to the more than 5 million Americans suffering from HBV and HCV … and that, “Hepatitis is a Winnable Battle, too!”

 

HBF Executive Director and Co-Founder Joan Block Receives Philadelphia Woman of Distinction Award

HBF Executive Director and Co-Founder Joan Block Receives Philadelphia Woman of Distinction Award
Nov. 10 – The Hepatitis B Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, is proud that Ms. Block is being honored for her professional accomplishments and personal commitment to nonprofit service through her work with the Foundation. Read Full Article.

 

 

National Pediatric HBV Treatment Recommendations Published by Expert Panel
Oct. 26 – The Hepatitis B Foundation convened an expert panel of pediatric liver specialists to establish the first national recommendations for the treatment of children living with HBV. Read Full Article.

Major 4,000 Patient Study Validates GP73 Biomarker for HCC Detection
Oct. 26 – Hepatitis B Foundation scientists discovered GP73 which has been validated by an NIH registration trial with 4,000 individuals as an accurate serum marker for the detection of HCC and its recurrence after surgery with higher sensitivity and specificity than AFP. Read Full Article.

Hepatitis B Education and Screening Program Offered to Subaru Employees Oct 11 – The Hepatitis B Foundation and AsianWeek Foundation partnered to offer a new hepatitis B awareness program to Subaru employees in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Ferrari Club of America Raises $22,000 for Hepatitis B Foundation
Oct. 2 – Dr. Ron Sicilia organized the Ferrari Club of America’s 2010 Charitable Auction to benefit the Hepatitis B Foundation that resulted in raising $22,000 in two hours!

Dr. Timothy Block Selected for 2010 Life Sciences Judges’ Choice Award
Sept. 7 - Dr. Timothy Block, co-founder and volunteer president of the Hepatitis B Foundation receives prestigious award.

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Summer Research Internship Program Attracts Top Talent!
Aug. 2 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s summer research internships are available for college and high school students who gain “hands-on” experience in a professional lab.

Hep B Free Philadelphia Launched

Hep B Free Philadelphia Launched
by Hepatitis B Foundation

June 15 – Hep B Free Philadelphia is a public awareness and education campaign – based on the enormously successful San Francisco Hep B Free campaign – that is being launched by the Hepatitis B Foundation to address the growing severity of hepatitis B and liver cancer in the U.S.

Support the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Act 2009 (HR 3974)!
HBF needs YOUR help to rally Congressional support to get this landmark bill passed. Click on the Call to Action to call or email your member of Congress today! Read the Bill.

 

Download HBF’s Recommendations for Children with HBV
First expert consensus recommendations for children with HBV.

 

National Pediatric HBV Treatment Recommendations Published by Expert Panel
Oct. 26 – The Hepatitis B Foundation convened an expert panel of pediatric liver specialists to establish the first national recommendations for the treatment of children living with HBV. Read Full Article.

Major 4,000 Patient Study Validates GP73 Biomarker for HCC Detection
Oct. 26 – Hepatitis B Foundation scientists discovered GP73 which has been validated by an NIH registration trial with 4,000 individuals as an accurate serum marker for the detection of HCC and its recurrence after surgery with higher sensitivity and specificity than AFP. Read Full Article.

Standing left to right: Chari Cohen, Hepatitis B Foundation; Joan Block, Hepatitis B Foundation; Ray Lum, Drexel School of Public Health; Ted Fang, AsianWeek Foundation; and Abana Jacobs, Subaru of America.

Hepatitis B Education and Screening Program Offered to Subaru Employees Oct 11 – The Hepatitis B Foundation and AsianWeek Foundation partnered to offer a new hepatitis B awareness program to Subaru employees in Cherry Hill, NJ, and more than 10% of the employees opted to participate in the free screening. With the support of corporate partners like Subaru, we are now getting the word out all across the nation that together we can end hepatitis B disease and liver cancer. Read Full Article.

 
Ferrari Club of America

Ferrari Club of America Raises $22,000 for Hepatitis B Foundation
Oct. 2 – Dr. Ron Sicilia organized the Ferrari Club of America’s 2010 Charitable Auction to benefit the Hepatitis B Foundation that resulted in raising $22,000 in one hour! Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg and his wife Jean, and HBF co-founders Timothy and Joan Block attended the special banquet to lend their support to the evening’s festivities. Learn more.

 

Dr. Timothy Block, co-founder and volunteer president of the Hepatitis B Foundation Dr. Timothy Block Selected for 2010 Life Sciences Judges’ Choice Award
Dr. Timothy Block, co-founder and volunteer president of the Hepatitis B Foundation was selected for the 2010 Philadelphia Business Journal Life Sciences Judges’ Choice Award from a crowded field of worthy nominees. Read Full Article.

 
Hepatitis B Foundation’s Summer Research Internship Program  Attracts Top Talent!

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Summer Research Internship Program Attracts Top Talent!
Aug. 2 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s summer research internships are available for college and high school students who gain “hands-on” experience in a professional lab and learn about different careers paths in medicine, research and public health. Learn more.

 

Hep B Free Philadelphia Launched by Hepatitis B Foundation
June 15 – Hep B Free Philadelphia is a public awareness and education campaign – based on the enormously successful San Francisco Hep B Free campaign – that is being launched by the Hepatitis B Foundation to address the growing severity of hepatitis B and liver cancer in the U.S. Learn more.

 

World Hepatitis Day Rally, May 19, 2010, Washington, DC

YouTube: World Hepatitis Day Rally!
June 28 – Watch the inspiring video of the first World Hepatitis Day Rally held in Washington, DC, where 500+ people gathered to support the millions of Americans living with chronic HBV and HCV. Make sure you join us next year! View video.

 

 

Hepatitis B Foundation Opens New Research Labs June 10 – The Hepatitis B Foundation celebrated the opening of its new research wing for entrepreneur at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, which it created to expand and accelerate its research mission. Learn more.

Hepatitis B Foundation Named
2010 Charity of the Ferrari Club of America!

The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Ferrari Club of America (FCA) to be the charity of choice for its 2010 Annual Meet (Sept. 29 – Oct. 3).
Learn more.

 

 

World Hepatitis Day Rally May 19, 2010

World Hepatitis Day Rally Attracts
Almost 500

Almost 500 people traveled across the country for the first World Hepatitis Day rally held on May 19 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The rally was organized by the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, in partnership with the Hepatitis B Foundation and other member organizations. Amidst multiple chants – 3—9—7—4 . . . Hepatitis no more! Hey, hey, ho, ho … Hepatitis go away! 1—2—3 … Liver cancer free! – speakers fired up audience. Three Members of Congress – Mike Honda, Charles Dent and Bill Cassidy – spoke, as well as patients who introduced themselves as “I am the face of hepatitis.” The bottom line .. we CANNOT be silent anymore! Too many Americans are dying from chronic hepatitis which is preventable and treatable. Learn more.

Presidential Message on World Hepatitis Day
May 19 – President Obama sent warm greetings to all those observing World Hepatitis Day and concluded with: “On World Hepatitis Day, we renew our support for people living with hepatitis and their loved ones, and for those who are working to improve treatment and prevention. I wish you all the best as you join together to take action against this terrible disease.” Read the Presidential Message on the White House blog. A copy of the Presidential Message is available here.

Landmark IOM Report on Hepatitis & Liver Cancer Concludes Current Approach to Prevention and Control is Not Working in the U.S.
Jan. 2010 – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, which advises Congress on national scientific and health policies, issued a comprehensive report that confirms more federal dollars are needed to effectively address the needs of more than 5 million Americans suffering from chronic HBV and HCV, which are the leading causes of fatal liver cancer. Liver cancer is one of the most deadly cancers and is on the rise in the U.S. Read the complete IOM Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Report.

Support the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Act 2009 (HR 3974)!
HBF needs YOUR help to rally Congressional support to get this landmark bill passed for the 5 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis B and C. Click on the Call to Action to call or email your member of Congress today! Read the Bill.

Download HBF’s 2009 Annual Report - download your copy and read about our achievements this past year!  

Download HBF’s Recommendations for Children with HBV
An expert panel of nationally recognized pediatric liver specialists convened by the HBF published the first recommendations for children chronically infected with HBV in “Pediatrics”. Read Full Article.

HBF Advisers Help Draft Landmark IOM Report on Hepatitis and Liver Cancer
Jan. 11 - The IOM committee included three HBF scientific advisers – Drs. Harvey Alter, Brian McMahon and Alison Evans – who helped draft the IOM report. Read Full Article.

HBF Launches Social Media Contest to Promote the Crystal Ball 2010
Jan. 11 - HBF has launched a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn campaign to generate excitement and anticipation of its signature fundraising event scheduled for April 10, 2010 in Bucks County, PA. Prizes will be given away during the contest, and anyone in the U.S. is eligible to participate. Click now to join the fun!

Support the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Act 2009 (HR 3974)!
HBF needs YOUR help to rally Congressional support to get this landmark bill passed for the 5 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis B and C. Click on the Call to Action to call or email your member of Congress today! Read the Bill.

Download HBF’s 2009 Annual Report - download your copy and read about our achievements this past year!  

3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive Sponsored by the
Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center

HBF Food Drive

Doylestown, PA, December 15, 2008 – At a time when donations to food pantries are at a low point, the Hepatitis B Foundation and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center are doing their part by collecting a record-number (1,162) of non-perishable food items (950 pounds) for the Doylestown Food Pantry.  Moody Movers of Doylestown helped make the food drive a success by donating a driver and truck to transport the collected goods to the community food center.

2009

Executive Summary of First National Hepatitis Summit Now Available
A two-day forum, “The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C,” was held Sept. 10-11 in Washington, DC to discuss the development of a national response to chronic viral hepatitis. Drs. Anna Lok and Eugene Schiff were co-organizers of this meeting that included presentations from medical experts, advocacy leaders, and government officials about the accomplishments and challenges in dealing with chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the U.S. Read the Executive Summary.

HBF’s Expert Panel Establishes Recommendations for Children with HBV
An expert panel of nationally recognized pediatric liver specialists convened by the Hepatitis B Foundation published the first recommendations for children chronically infected with HBV that urge consistent monitoring and referral, which was posted as an early publication in the premier medical journal “Pediatrics”. Read Full Story

APAMSA students assist the Hepatitis B Foundation
On September 26, 2009 60 Medical Students Assist the Hepatitis B Foundation Provide Free Health Screenings at the Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival in Philadelphia.

Congressional Briefing on Viral Hepatitis
September 9th - Open to Public NVHR is hosting a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill as the first of a 3-part series titled “Forging a National Strategy for Chronic Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention." Congressmen Mike Honda (CA), Charlie Dent (PA), and Edolphus Towns (NY) are special guests.Expert speakers will include Congressman Bill Cassidy, MD, and Drs. Anna Lok and Eugene Schiff to provide the physician perspective. This event is free and open to the public from 3:30–5:00 pm in Room 122 Cannon House. View invitation. 

HBF Patient Conference Podcast Now Available
Speakers: Dr. Mack Mitchell, GI Chief, Johns Hopkins, Dr. Michael Fried, Hepatology Director, UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Kenneth Rothstein, GI Chief, Drexel U. College of Medicine, and Dr. Timothy Block, HBF President and Professor, Drexel U. College of Medicine. Click for Podcast

HBF launches its Good Health · Happy Family Campaign in Philadelphia
HBF sponsors FREE health screenings at the Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival to launch its Good Health · Happy Family campaign in Philadelphia at the AmeriChoice Chinatown Community Center at 10th & Race Streets,  Saturday, September 26, 2009 between 1-5 pm for your FREE health check up!

17 Students “graduate” from Summer Research Internship Program
HBF received more than 100 applications from students at top tier colleges for 9 spots in  our exciting internship program, which is 10-week experience working in our research labs. Our program has also been extended to talented high school students. Funding is provided in part by the Merck West Point Charitable Contributions Committee and the Charles Sigety Family Foundation. Read Full Article.

Chinatown Outreach Program in Philadelphia Offers Free Education, Support and Screening
The Hepatitis B Foundation launched the first Patient Education Group in Philadelphia’s Chinatown on World Hepatitis Day, which is scheduled to continue the 3rd Tuesday of every month. In response to growing interest, free HBV screenings are now being offered the 3rd Friday of every month at Chinatown Medical Services. Download additional information in English or Chinese

HBF Co-Sponsors Successful Congressional Screening
On July 21 a free hepatitis screening and education event was held on Capitol Hill where 6 members of Congress – Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Anh“Joseph” Cao (R-LA), David Wu (D-OR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Donna Edwards (D-MD)spoke out about the need for testing and increasing awareness that chronic HBV and HCV impacts almost 6 million Americans. The public event was initiated by the Chinese American Medical Society, in partnership with AAPCHO, Hepatitis B Foundation, Caring Ambassadors Program, Hepatitis Education Project, Hepatitis B Initiative-DC, NASTAD, and NVHR. Read Full Article.

Register now for the International HBV Meeting!
August 30 – September 2, 2009 in Loire Valley, France
The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to coordinate the International HBV Meetings, which remain the definitive international scientific meeting that covers all aspects of hepatitis B and hepatitis D, as well as the latest developments in antiviral therapies against these two viruses. Drs. Stephen Locarnini and Camille Sureau are this year’s co-chairs. Registration is now open.

HBF Patient Conference Features Expert Leaders in Hepatitis B
June 26-27, 2009 in Doylestown, PA
Keynote speaker Dr. Mack Mitchell, GI Chief, Johns Hopkins, will present “Making Sense of HBV Treatments” at the HBF’s patient conference. Additional expert speakers include Dr. Michael Fried, Hepatology Director, UNC Chapel Hill (NIH HBV Clinical Research Network); Dr. Kenneth Rothstein, GI Chief, Drexel U. College of Medicine (HBV and Liver Cancer); Dr. Barbara Haber, Hepatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Children and HBV); and Dr. Timothy Block, HBF President and Professor, Drexel U. College of Medicine (Drug Watch Update). Read More.

Chinatown Outreach Program in Philadelphia Offers Free Education, Support and Screening
The Hepatitis B Foundation launched the first Patient Education Group in Philadelphia’s Chinatown on World Hepatitis Day, May 19th, which is scheduled to continue the 3rd Tuesday of every month. In response to growing interest, free HBV screenings are now being offered the 3rd Friday of every month at Chinatown Medical Services. Download additional information in English or Chinese

President Obama Recognizes Chronic Viral Hepatitis
Through the advocacy efforts of HBF and other organizations, President Obama is the first U.S. President to recognize the almost 6 million Americans suffering from chronic viral hepatitis. Read his Letter of Support for World Hepatitis Day 2009.

HBF Sponsors First Friday Doylestown on May 1 in recognition of May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month
For the fourth consecutive year, the Hepatitis B Foundation is sponsoring May's First Friday Doylestown in support of May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month. This free community event features the HBF mascot O’Liver, free literature, local bands and NBC 10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman Read Press Release.

HBF Sponsors Congressional Briefing May 19 on World Hepatitis Day
Congressmen Mike Honda (CA-D) and Charles Dent (PA-R) hosted the HBF’s Congressional Briefing to focus national attention on the 6 million Americans who suffer from chronic HBV and HCV, which cause fatal liver cancer. Leaders from CDC, NCI and Weill-Cornell Medical School provided expert testimony. Read Press Release.

Dr. Brian McMahon Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Science and Medicine of Hepatitis B
The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to present Dr. McMahon with its prestigious “Distinguished Scientist 2009” Award at the Crystal Ball gala on Saturday April 4 in Doylestown, PA. Dr. McMahon is an internationally renowned scientist and clinician in the prevention and management of chronic hepatitis B. Read Full Article.

HBF President Dr. Timothy Block Elected AAAS Fellow
HBF president Dr. Timothy Block was inducted as an AAAS Fellow and joins an elite rank of scientists who are elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) for discoveries that include innovative therapeutic strategies for HBV.
Read Full Article.

Registration Now Open for B Informed Patient Conference!
June 26-27, 2009, Doylestown, PA

Highlights of this year’s conference include formal presentations by clinical and research experts with interactive Q & A sessions. The keynote address given by Dr. Mack Mitchell, Director, Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Register Online Today.

Free Webinar for Patients on HBV Treatments
March 10 (8:00 – 9:00 pm EDT)

“Understanding Your HBV Diagnosis and Treatment Options” is a free webinar sponsored by Factor Health with featured expert Dr. Timothy Block, HBF President. Download flier for details.

Register for Free CDC Symposium on HBV Mutants
June 4 - 5, 2009 in Atlanta, GA

CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis is sponsoring “Drug-resistant and Vaccine-escape HBV Mutants: Emergence and Surveillance” with international experts such as Drs. A. Lok, M.H. Chang, S.Locarnini, T. Block and more. Seating is limited but free. Register today!

Focus Group Participants Needed for Chronic HBV Study
Chinese Americans who are 18-55 who speak fluent Mandarin are needed for a research study in New York City on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM. Read English Flyer. Read Chinese Flyer.

Hepatitis B Foundation Announces the Election of Joel D. Rosen as Chairman of the Board
The Foundation is proud to announce the election of Joel D. Rosen, Esq., a partner at High Swartz LLP in Norristown, Pennsylvania, as Chairman of the Board. A Board member since 2003, Rosen is committed to finding a cure for hepatitis B. Read Press Release.

HBF Website Recognized as Reliable Source of Health Information
The Hepatitis B Foundation website was recently recognized for its excellence with the World Wide Web Health Award and received accreditation from HonCode for meeting its ethical guidelines for quality health and medical education.

HBF Crystal Ball To Honor Brian McMahon, M.D. as 2009 Distinguished Scientist
On April 4, the Hepatitis B Foundation will honor Dr. Brian McMahon, Alaska Native Medical Center, with its prestigious scientific award for advancing the science and medicine of hepatitis B. KYW News Radio Personality Brad Segall will be the celebrity host of the Gala at the Doylestown County Club!

2008

Hepatitis B Foundation Testifies at IOM Public Meeting
At its first public meeting held on Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C., the Institute of Medicine Committee heard presentations from Drs. John Ward, Dale Hu and Cindy Weinbaum from CDC; Martha Saly and Chris Taylor from NVHR; and community presentations by Lorren Sandt from the Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors and Joan Block from the Hepatitis B Foundation. The IOM is preparing a report on the prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the U.S., slated for publication in 2010, which will impact public policy and federal funding. Learn more.

Turn Online Searches & Shopping into Donations for HBF at www.hepb.org/Goodsearch
A Yahoo-powered search engine will donate a penny per search (and a percentage of each sale) to the Hepatitis B Foundation. With 1,000 friends conducting 2 searches a day, our “Click for a Cure” campaign would raise $7,300 (10,000 friends would raise $73,000)! Visit www.hepb.org/GoodSearch to sign up today.

HBF Co-sponsors Philadelphia Conference on HBV in Asian Communities
The Hepatitis B Foundation co-sponsored a conference to inform community health and outreach professionals about the severity of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian communities in Philadelphia on November 6, 2008s. Press Release.

Fall Newsletter Correction: FDA Approved Viread is from Gilead
September 25 - The Fall 2008 B Informed newsletter Drug Watch (p. 4) includes an error regarding the new FDA-approved drug Viread (tenofovir), which is from Gilead Sciences.

The Severity of Hepatitis B in Asian Communities
Thursday November 6, 2008
8:30 – 1:00 pm
Temple University, Philadelphia
A free conference for health and outreach professionals serving the Asian community to learn about the burden of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asians in Philadelphia, PA. Breakfast and lunch included. Registration limited to 100, so Register Online today!

Register for the 5K Answer to Cancer Race to support HBF!
Sunday September 14, 2008
Darlington Park, Mahwah, NJ
Have fun running (or walking) at this annual 5K even. Since its beginning, the Answer to Cancer Foundation has benefited organizations such as the HBF who are dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer. The annual race was started by Adrian Elkins who died pre-maturely at age 20 from liver cancer due to chronic hepatitis B.

Swim Team Raises Funds for Hepatitis B Foundation
August - The Nassau Swim Team recently raised funds for the Hepatitis B Foundation in honor of Andrew Wise, a former team member, coach, and lifeguard who tragically died at the age of 24 from hepatitis B and liver cancer.

Young Researchers Make Valuable Contributions
July - Six college students have been hand-picked to work side-by-side with university professors and scientists involved in the latest research designed to develop better ways to detect and treat viral diseases as part of the Summer Research Internship Program sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation.

2008 Patient Conference Podcasts and Presentations Now Available!
June - The Hepatitis B Foundation sponsored its 8th annual patient conference on June 27-28, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA, with over 200 participants from across the country. Listen to conference podcasts and view conference presentation slides.

Believe In The Cure Cycling Tour Raises Awareness and Funds
June - Seventeen year-old John Ellis completed his 1,200 mile tour from Pensacola to Philadelphia in the Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour. Learn more about this extraordinary teen with hepatitis B and Make a Donation in his honor!

Congressional Briefing on Hepatitis B Held Today
May - In observation of National Hepatitis B Week (May 19-23), the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations are hosting a Congressional Briefing titled Zero Tolerance for Hepatitis B: the Health Needs of Women and Children.

Hepatitis B Foundation Sponsors First Friday Doylestown
May – For a third consecutive year, the Hepatitis B Foundation sponsored May's First Friday Doylestown in support of National Hepatitis Awareness Month. This free community event featured O’Liver, the Hepatitis B Foundation’s mascot, free literature, local bands and NBC 10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman.

Believe In The Cure Cycling Tour Raises Awareness About Hepatitis B
May – Seventeen year-old John Ellis will kick-off the 1,100 mile Believe In The Cure Cycling Tour on June 2 in Pensacola, Florida.

Am I Number 12?
May – Approximately 500 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or C – that’s 1 in every 12 people on the planet. Learn more.

Excitement Builds for 2008 Patient Conference
April - An extended parent session and workshops in Chinese and Korean are only a few of the exciting new additions to this year's Patient Conference. Learn more.

HBF sponsors First Friday Doylestown in support of National Hepatitis Awareness Month
April – This free community event will feature our liver mascot O’Liver, free literature, local bands and NBC 10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman. Learn about the fun activities planned for First Friday in Doylestown today!

Internationally Recognized Expert on Immune Response to Viruses Speaks at HBF
April – Rafi Ahmed, PhD, HBF's 2008 Distinguished Bruce Witte Lecturer will be the keynote speaker at annual Seminar Series.

HBF Honors Dr. Anna Lok at Crystal Ball
April – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s prestigious “Distinguished Scientist Award 2008” was presented to Dr. Anna Lok, U. of Michigan, by Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg at its Crystal Ball that was emceed by celebrity host CBS 3 news anchor Larry Mendte and attracted almost 250 community leaders.

HBF Crystal Ball To Honor Dr. Anna Lok as Distinguished Scientist 2008
April – On April 12, the Hepatitis B Foundation will honor Dr. Anna Lok, U. of Michigan Medical Center, with its prestigious scientific award for advancing the science and medicine of hepatitis B. CBS 3 News anchor Larry Mendte will be the celebrity host of the Gala at the Doylestown County Club!

HBF Wins Award and $40,000 for Community IMPACT
March - The Hepatitis B Foundation Outreach Team was all smiles as they received the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT award and a check for $40,000 at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

GlaxoSmithKline Awards Eight Philadelphia-Area Healthcare Nonprofits with $40,000 Each
March - The Hepatitis B Foundation has been selected for the GSK Annual IMPACT Award for excellence in its outreach and education programs that have helped improve access to care.

HBF Testifies Before Congress for More HBV Funding
March - HBF President Dr. Timothy Block was invited by U.S Representative David Obey, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, to present testimony today advocating for more HBV funding in the fiscal year budget 2009. Dr. Block cited the recent Nevada outbreak as a dramatic example of how the nation is facing a major public health challenge that cannot be ignored. “If we don’t act with urgency, more and more people will suffer from chronic hepatitis,” he said. Read Dr. Block’s complete HHS Testimony.

Support California’s Hepatitis Awareness Day on March 12!
February - On March 12, the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP) is sponsoring Hepatitis Awareness Day in Sacramento, California. The Hepatitis B Foundation is a proud member of CalHEP and encourages everyone to lend their support to this important event. The day will include outstanding speakers, including Assemblywoman Fiona Ma from San Francisco and Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Learn more or register at www.calhep.org.

GlaxoSmithKline Awards Eight Philadelphia-Area Healthcare Nonprofits with $40,000 Each
February - The Hepatitis B Foundation has been selected for the GSK Annual IMPACT Award for excellence in its outreach and education programs that have helped improve access to care.

HBF Launches New Podcast Directory!
February - Visit our new interactive feature that enriches the learning experience of those seeking more information about hepatitis B. Listen to experts in the field by visiting the Hepatitis B Foundation’s new Podcast Directory. Download a Podcast today!

CDC Leader Dr. John Ward Spends Day at HBF
February - Dr. John Ward, Director, CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis, and Mr. Dan Riedford, Deputy Director, DVH, spent a day at the Hepatitis B Foundation to tour the research facilities, learn about our new Gateway to Care initiative, and discuss priority issues in the control and care of hepatitis B.

Philadelphia Leaders Join the Hepatitis B Foundation Board of Directors
January - New board members Kenneth Blank, Ph.D., and R. Donald Leedy, M.B.A., C.P.A. bring many years of entrepreneurial leadership to the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Celebrate AAPCHO’s 20th Anniversary Gala: Cultivating Traditions of Wellness (March 10-11, 2008)
January - Join the HBF in celebrating the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations’ 20 years of dedication to improving the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders at their two day conference in Washington, DC, capped off by an elegant fundraising gala. Register today!

2007

HBF Publication Reports Significant Underestimation of Chronic HBV in the U.S.
December - HBF reports there are closer to two million Americans chronically infected with HBV in the J. of Virology.

Researchers Celebrate the Spirit of Giving
December - The Hepatitis B Foundation and the PA Biotechnology Center, in the spirit of the season, collected 1,067 pounds of non-perishable food items for a local Doylestown food pantry.

HBF Scientists Discover Possible New Alternative to Liver Biopsy for Early Detection and Monitoring
December - Scientists working at the Hepatitis B Foundation, in partnership with Drexel University, reported in the J. of Virology that they may have discovered a reliable alternative to liver biopsy for the early detection of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, which afflict more than 5 million Americans.

HBF Video Launched Across the Internet with YouTube Premier!
December - HBF joins leading online entertainment community with broadcast of our mission in action. Visit YouTube to learn how we are improving the lives of those affected worldwide by hepatitis B.

New Funding Opportunity for “Scientist Entrepreneurs”
December - Proposals sought from qualified individuals to develop their ideas into commercializable products and/or companies at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Bucks County, PA. Application deadline is January 3, 2008 for multi-year grants.

HIV/AIDS Panel Features HBF
December - The Hepatitis B Foundation will participate in a special World Aids Day program hosted by the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA to focus on prevention, testing and treatment services, and resources for persons at risk or living with HIV/AIDS.

Pennsylvania 2007 Viral Hepatitis Conference Hepatitis
November - Chari Cohen, MPH, Senior Research Associate, was a presenter at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Viral Hepatitis Conference in Pittsburgh. Ms. Cohen presented information about perinatal hepatitis B transmission, in conjuntion with Mark Wessner, Perinatal Coordinator for the state of PA.

U.S. Representative Mike Honda Introduces Bi-Partisan Bill to Boost Hepatitis B Research and Prevention
November - Aiming to reduce the number of Hepatitis-B victims, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) recently introduced a bill that could boost immunization rates against the disease and increase funding for Hepatitis-B research. Read Bill H.R. 3944

Ceremony Held to Name Joshua Feldstein Pavilion
November - HBF expanded its research facilities by purchasing another building named in honor of Dr. Joshua Feldstein.

Hepatitis B Foundation Features Local Biotech Success Stories at Regional Biotech Conference
November - The 7th Annual Regional Biotech Conference - “Biotech Success Stories: What Big and Small Companies Are Looking For” – was held Friday November 9, 2007 at the new PA Biotechnology Center in Doylestown. The conference was sponsored by the Regional Biotechnology Council (RBC), which is a program of the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research affiliate, the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research (IHVR).

Asian American Health Conference
October - Chari Cohen, MPH, Senior Research Associate, attended the 4th Annual Asian American Health Conference at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU School of Medicine. Ms. Cohen presented results of a needs assessment of Philadelphia Chinese hepatitis B patients and their family members. The presentation focused on the specific cultural and economic barriers which these patients face when seeking specialty care for their infection.

HBF Recognized in Congress
September - Congressman Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania recognized the Hepatitis B Foundation in a Congressional Statement delivered on September 5, 2007. He praised the Foundation for its research, education and advocacy efforts and noted that the organization is celebrating its 15-year anniversary.

Pennsylvania 2007 Viral Hepatitis Conference Hepatitis
September - The Pennsylvania 2007 Viral Hepatitis Conference Hepatitis will be held Oct. 18-19 near Pittsburgh and is sponsored by the PA Dept. of Health in partnership with the Hepatitis B Foundation and other nonprofits organizations. It will update health care providers on the latest guidelines and best practices for the prevention, care and treatment of hepatitis B and C. HBF’s public health research dept. members – Dr. Alison Evans and Ms. Chari Cohen – will be giving special presentations. Read full schedule and registration information.

Summer High School Science Enrichment Program Launched by HBF
August - Talented students interested in gaining hands-on research experience were paired with a Hepatitis B Foundation scientist andmentor to learn about biotechnology and public health. The new initiative was a colloborative effort with Central Bucks School District.

Hepatitis B Foundation Helps Get CDC $1 Million More for Viral Hepatitis
August - The Hepatitis B Foundation’s advocacy efforts to raise hepatitis B as a national health priority has successfully resulted in the House Appropriations Committee’s recent approval of a $1 million budget increase in 2008 for the CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis. Congressman Mike Honda issued a public statement during the first session of the 110th Congress on July 17 to express his commitment to increased funding for hepatitis B. Read Congressman Honda’s Floor Statement.

B InformedPatient Conference 2007 Summaries and Slides Posted Online
June - The Hepatitis B Foundation sponsored its 7th annual patient conference on June 8-9, 2007, in Philadephia, PA, with almost 200 participants from across the country. Please visit Conference Summary and PowerPoint Slides.

Library of Congress Symposium: “Combating HIV and Hepatitis B” Webcast Now Available!
On May 10, the Library of Congress hosted a symposium on the challenges of developing an HIV vaccine and ensuring the eradication of Hepatitis B, in partnership with the Hepatitis B Foundation. The event was held to coincide with National Hepatitis B Awareness Week (May 7-11) and World AIDS Vaccine Day (May 18). Listen to what the experts had to say on the Free Webcast.

HBF Launches Public Health Research Department
June - The new department will add a scholarly research dimension to our outreach efforts and focus on three priority areas: Disease Burden: Liver Cancer, and Co-Infections. Members of the team include Alison Evans, Sc.D., Director Public Health Research, Gang Chen, Ph.D., Public Health Scientist, and Chari Cohen, M.P.H., Senior Research Analyst. Read Full Article (on Page 9 of the B Informed Newsletter).

Register for the 5K Answer to Cancer Race! Sun. June 3, McMinnville, OR
May - Support the Hepatitis B Foundation! Have fun running (or walking) at this annual 5K event in Oregon and help support the Foundation! Since its beginning, the Answer to Cancer Foundation has benefited organizations such as the HBF who are dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer. The annual race was started by Adrian Elkins who died pre-maturely at age 20 years from liver cancer due to chronic hepatitis B. This is the 5th annual Answer to Cancer Race. Register Today!
Read Adrian Elkins story.

Register for our B Informed Patient Conference
June 8-9, 2007, Philadelphia, PA

May - This year the HBF’s conference will include a special afternoon Parents Session on Friday June 8, featuring one of the nation’s leading pediatric HBV specialists, Dr. Maureen Jonas, Children’s Hospital of Boston. On Saturday, a full schedule with experts to update us on treatments, therapies on the horizon, nutrition and HBV, and an Ask the Experts Roundtable will be featured. Please join us for this annual gathering of friends to learn from others in a supportive environment. Register Online Today!

AIM for the B Campaign Kicks Off National Hepatitis B Awareness Week!
May 7-11, 2007

May - AIM for the B is a public campaign to raise hepatitis B as an urgent health priority in the U.S. and complements National Hepatitis B Awareness Week. The Hepatitis B Foundation will moderate media events in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. Learn More.

Congressional Briefing on Asian American Health (Washington, D.C.) May 11, 2007
May - In honor of May Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian American Heritage Month, a special briefing on health issues, featuring hepatitis B and diabetes, is being sponsored by U.S. Congressman Mike Honda to raise awareness in the Asian American community. Expert speakers will include Dr. Timothy Block, President of the Hepatitis B Foundation. Learn more.

Library of Congress Symposium: Combating HIV and Hepatitis B
(Washington, D.C.) on May 10, 2007
May - Distinguished health and medical experts will participate in a symposium addressing critical issues on the challenges of developing an HIV vaccine and ensuring the eradication of Hepatitis B. Experts from the Hepatitis B Foundation will be speaking about hepatitis B. This event is also co-sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation. Learn more.

Free Webcast: The Changing Epidemiology of Hepatitis B
Wednesday May 9 @ 12 Noon

May - An online audio webcast featuring Dr. Stanley Martin Cohen, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Hepatology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, will be offered for 1 CEU. The webcast is offered by Abbott Diagnostics in collaboration with the Hepatitis B Foundation. Free Online Registration Now!

HBF President Dr. Timothy Block Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
April - The Hepatitis B Foundation congratulate its Co-Founder and President Dr. Timothy Block, for being selected to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Humanitarian Award from the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce! He will be recognized at a special awards dinner on April 21 for his humanitarian efforts in addressing an enormous global health problem - hepatitis B - through the creation of the Hepatitis B Foundation. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, established over 30 years ago, recognize the most influential people, businesses and organizations in Bucks County, PA. Dr. Block joins the ranks of past distinguished recipients such as world-renowned author James A. Michener and Pulitzer prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner, among other accomplished individuals and organizations. Read Press Release.

HBF Publishes New Hepatitis B Information Booklet
March - The Hepatitis B Foundation has published a new booklet that includes all the information you need to know about hepatitis B - how to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage this chronic liver infection. Explanations about the disease and related blood tests are easy to understand; important questions to ask your doctor are included; and practical tips on how to live successfully with chronic hepatitis B are offered in this reader-friendly booklet. Contact us for your free copy or
download a copy today!

Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg Joins HBF As First "Distinguished Scholar"
February - The HBF is proud to announce Dr. Baruch Blumberg as our first "Distinguished Scholar". He will spend time meeting with our researchers and public health professionals to guide them in their work. In 1976, Dr. Blumberg received the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus, and invention of the first vaccine against hepatitis B. By joining the foundation, he will contribute significantly to the completion of his circle of discovery - finding a cure for hepatitis B. "This is an exciting time for hepatitis B research and I embrace the Foundation's goal of eradicating the disease," said Dr. Blumberg. Read Full Article.

 HBF's First Online CME Course is Now Live!
January - The Hepatitis B Foundation created its first online Continuing Medical Education (CME) course to our interactive Education Center. Titled, "Hepatitis B in Asian and Pacific Islanders; Steps Towards Cultural Competency," it offers a maximum of 2 AMA category 1 credit hours.

HBF Offers Exciting Academic Opportunities
January - There are many exciting academic opportunities at the HBF for those interested in pursuing careers in biomedical or public health research. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered, as well as post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate training, in addition to summer internships and scientific seminar series'. Read the brochure or email info@hepb.org for more information.

2006

Pennsylvania Viral Hepatitis Annual Conference Scheduled
November - On November 16 -17, the HBF will partner with the PA Department of Health and the CDC to host the first Viral Hepatitis Annual Conference. This event will provide health care workers and other social service providers with information and updates on the latest guidelines and best practices for the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis. View the Conference Brochure.

Grand Opening Celebration of the Hepatitis B Foundation's
New Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center on Sept. 7, 2007
September – More than 150 VIP guests and state legislators attended the Grand Opening of the new "Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County" held on Sept. 7, 2006. The Center was created by the Hepatitis B Foundation, and is owned in partnership with Delaware Valley College.

  • At the opening, a congratulatory message from Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell was read by his representative. Read Full Letter.
  • In addition, Governor Rendell announced the approval of the new biotech center as a Keystone Innovation Zone, which includes $250,000 in operational funds. Read Full Article.
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal featured the dream, the mission, and the person who drove the creation of this new center. Read the Full Article.

2006 International HBV Meeting
September - The 21st Annual International HBV Meeting is scheduled September 17-20, 2006 and will be held in Vancouver, Canada. For the second year, the Hepatitis B Foundation is coordinating this prestigious meeting, which remains the definitive international meeting that covers all aspects of the biology of hepatitis B and hepatitis D, including biochemistry, molecular biology, traditional virology, immunology, pathogenesis, and carcinogenesis. For more information, visit our site at www.hbvmeeting.org.

Is Your Congressman Supporting the HBV Bill? It’s Easy to Find Out…
June - The first-ever hepatitis B legislation - National Hepatitis B Act - has been introduced in Congress by the House (H.R. 4550) and the Senate (S. 3558). It specifically calls for screening and immunization, and an increase in federal dollars to improve hepatitis B prevention and treatment. Want to see if your Congressman and U.S. Senator supports this bill? Visit our Advocacy Page for a current listing of supporters.

NVHR Plan Officially Presented to Congress
May - The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) presented the first-ever national strategic plan to eliminate viral hepatitis in the United States, “Eliminating Hepatitis: A Call to Action”, to Congress on the Capitol Steps in Washington, DC, on May 10. Read Full Article.

Pennsylvania Designates May Hepatitis Awareness Month
May - The Pennsylvania Senate and House provided formal Resolutions designating May as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the Commonwealth. Read Full Article.

National Hepatitis B Awareness Week and AIM for the B Campaign
May 15-22, 2006
The second National Hepatitis B Awareness Week will be highlighted by the successful AIM for the B campaign, a public awareness program that will include media events in 4 cities across the country. Read Full Article.

New! Living With Hepatitis B Learning Guide Available
The HBF is pleased to announce our newest tutorial, “Living With Hepatitis B”, an interactive users guide designed to help those diagnosed with hepatitis B manage their diagnosis and still live a full, active life. Available in Flash, HTML and Printer Friendly versions, this tutorial provides useful information including understanding hepatitis B test results, approved treatments, healthy lifestyle choices and much more. Click here to view the tutorial.

HBF Launches Re-Designed Website!
April - Our new site illustrates our belief that today’s advanced standards of care for complex disease management and future cure begins with integrated information access among expert medical providers, patients and their families and the scientific community.

What are the benefits to integrated health information access?

  • Medical professionals and patients receive information together.
  • Science discovery comes to medical professionals and patients quicker.
  • Medical professionals and patients benefit from current and accurate prevention information and clinical trials.
  • Patients have increased peace of mind knowing the information about Hepatitis B and its care is current and accurate.
  • Integrated access prepares concerned individuals for medical intervention.
  • Patients can become experts in their illness.
  • Patients can be more confident in management of one's own care.
  • Patients can also become experts in their illness.
  • Healthcare professionals and patients experience an increased involvement in medical decision-making leading to better outcomes.
  • Patients are more satisfied with their medical care.
  • The community concerned with care, prevention, and cure of Hepatitis B is stronger.

HBF Begins Cultural Competency Education Program
HBF is partnering with the Chinese Health Information Center to begin an exciting new pilot program to help educate health care and social service providers who treat Asian and Pacific Islander (API) populations.

Funded by the Aetna Foundation, the program will help to make providers more aware of the specific health needs facing the API population (especially hepatitis B), and will give information on how to treat their patients in a more culturally competent manner.

Initially, the program will be piloted in the Philadelphia area, with anticipation of national expansion in the future. For more information, please contact us at info@hepb.org.

Read the Full Press Release.

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