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October 18, 2004 - 11:00pm

Free Liver Education Conference for Patients and Public at UMC's Duval Auditorium, Saturday morning, Oct. 23

Free Liver Education Conference for Patients and Public at UMC's Duval Auditorium, Saturday morning, Oct. 23

Noted liver transplant surgeon Ernesto P. Molmenti, MD, most recently of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker at a public Liver Education Conference on Saturday, Oct. 23, at University Medical Center's Duval Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
The free morning conference, presented by the Arizona chapter of the American Liver Foundation, is designed to help patients and their friends and families learn more about liver disease, the latest advances in treatment, and practical information on how to cope with the disease and its symptoms.

Dr. Molmenti will speak about pediatric and living liver donor transplantation at 9:30 a.m.. He will be followed by Kristen Ray, nurse practitioner for the UA Liver Research Institute, who will discuss living with liver disease.

There is no registration fee for this three-hour conference, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register by phone or e-mail at 1-866-953-1800 or kiversen@liverfoundation.org.

The American Liver Foundation reminds Southern Arizonans that:

  • Diseases of the liver afflict one in every 10 Americans.
  • More than 2,500 children are diagnosed with liver disease each year.
  • Approximately 4 million Americans are afflicted with hepatitis C.
  • An estimated 70 percent are unaware that they carry the virus.
  • Within the next 20 years, the hepatitis C epidemic is expected to cause more deaths annually than AIDS.
  • More than 15,000 people are in need of a life-saving liver transplant nationwide.

The American Liver Foundation is the nation's leading non-profit organization for liver health promotion and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by hepatitis and other liver-related diseases.