The first featured interview is with Sven, who served as one of three organizing members for this year’s Summit. In addition, Sven chaired both the opening and closing Plenary sessions on the subject of Metabolism, Alcohol and Toxicity. Sven also delivered a presentation titled Anti-platelet drugs in MASLD: pre-clinical and clinical data. This conversation starts with the co-hosts congratulating Sven on the success of the SLD summit program. In response to several questions, Sven discusses how the organizers began to shape a broader agenda even before the new nomenclature was adopted, and how they broadened further after its acceptance at the EASL Congress earlier in the year. Jörn responds that he felt the expanded focus made the meeting more robust and goes on to highlight the sections he liked best. After Roger asks about anticipated changes in future programs, Sven discusses the tremendous value he saw in having younger researchers present who in turn receive feedback from more senior colleagues. Louise concurs on this point before circling back to discuss the benefits of the MetALD disease classification.
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From the official EASL SLD Summit website:
The EASL SLD Summit aims at updating a global community of liver stakeholders on the most recent advances in SLD research, both pre-clinically and clinically, focusing on MASLD and tackling the issue of MetALD. You will gain insights in the most key techniques employed in research, clinical trials and clinical practice, with an understanding of their potential as well as limitations. You will learn about the most recent advances in our understanding of the disease, including the role of sexual dimorphism, circadian clock or vascular mechanisms, and potential new targets as well as modalities of treatment. You will exchange on these topics with both young fellows and established experts in the field in a highly interactive format with a lot of room for discussion. You will get the latest update on where we stand with the efforts of having MASLD, and SLD in general, on the agenda as a public health problem and the roadmap and policies to tackle this problem, in which the people living with SLD, and many stakeholders have been increasingly joining forces. In light of the latter, the Summit will also provide a space to further discuss the nomenclature change and its potential impact on research clinical practice and awareness. A session will be dedicated to discussing in-depth the issue of people who combine alcohol use and metabolic risk factors, designated as MetALD in the latest nomenclature. You will also get the latest data on diagnosis and prognostication in MASH and on how to tackle MASLD as a multisystem disease, informing you not only on what you need to do, but also on the science and evidence behind it.