Surfing NASH returns to its regular program with a fresh episode and some fascinating and progressive ideas around non-invasive testing. Mazen Noureddin joins co-hosts Jörn Schattenberg, Louise Campbell and Roger Green to discuss serum identification of at-risk MASH and the Metabolomics-Advanced Steatohepatitis Fibrosis Score (MASEF). In late July, Mazen co-authored a paper on the subject which was published in Hepatology.
This conversation begins with Louise’s initial response around the setting of application for MASEF. She poses a question that leads the group to explore possible pros and cons of different approaches and the potential impact each might have in terms of cost effectiveness. For example, Jörn wonders how feasible it will be for non-experts to administer. Mazen suggests that its application will be relatively easy before explaining how to navigate the caveat of a gray zone similar to that of VCTE. After a few more comments on sequential pairing with FIB-4, Mazen next teases the possibility of demonstrating therapeutic efficacy in the drug development space.
Louise returns to a question around cohorts and asks whether variables like age or sex has an impact on the test’s capabilities. She then asks whether this sort of work has the potential to inform retrospective cardiac studies. After Mazen and Louise go back and forth with a few ideas in response, Roger makes the comment that he is struck by the wide breadth of application and describes the platform as “elegant.” As the conversation winds down, the group discusses a few comparisons between different blood-based markers.
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