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Institute Assembles Team of 'All-Star Researchers' to Cure Hepatitis B
March 27 – Breaking news!  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.

Mutations Inhibiting Hepatitis B Antigen May Drive Occult Infection
March 23 – Viral mutations may allow hepatitis B virus to persist in the liver by evading immune surveillance, according to an Australian study of occult hepatitis B infection. Read more.

UCLA Public Health Researchers Go to Church to Promote Hepatitis B Screening
March 23 – To reach a vulnerable population largely unaware of the health risks, a team from the Fielding School for Public Health held small group discussions in more than 50 Los Angeles-area Korean churches. Read more.

Female N Korean Defectors Prone to Cancer-Causing Viruses
March 23 – Female defectors from North Korea are at a higher-than-average risk of infection by the human papillomavirus and the hepatitis B virus, with more support needed from the South Korean government for women’s health. Read more.

Federal Judge Lets NY Prison Hepatitis Policy Claim Proceed
March 23 – A lawsuit that says New York state officials, including former Gov. George Pataki, supported a policy to trim medical costs that led to the denial of hepatitis treatment for some inmates can proceed to trial, a judge has ruled. 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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Sponsored by HAP, NVHR, and Hep B United
Washington, DC

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

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Sponsored by American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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Hepatitis B Foundation Crystal Ball honoring Dr. Eugene Schiff
Warrington, PA

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European Association for the Study of the Liver
Vienna, Austria

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