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Clinical Research Trials

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Patient Registry

One of the many consequences of the obesity epidemic facing the United States and other developed countries is the increased prevalence of NAFLD. NAFLD includes a spectrum of disorders ranging from simple steatosis to NASH (Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), with the possibility of progression to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

There is still much more to be known about these disorders. This prospective study will follow patients with NAFLD every 6 months, collecting clinical data, serum, whole blood, and tissue from patients with NAFLD. With these data, we hope to learn more about its natural history and risk factors for progression and to develop noninvasive tests to diagnose Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more serious and progressive condition.

For more information please email Michelle Lai, MD, MPH or Angelica Francescucci,CRA

Mobile sensor data analysis for weight control

For NAFLD patients - healthier actions and weight loss are absolutely the best path to feeling great about your health and self.  A new wellness app developed by a Harvard Medical School and MIT team is using technology designed to learn specifically how to support your particular lifestyle challenges, to help you live a better life everyday.  If you are 18-50 years old and have an Android smartphone, you may be eligible. 

For more information please email Michelle Lai, MD, MPH or Angelica Francescucci,CRA

Contact Information

Angelica Francescucci

Clinical Research Assistant

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Phone: 617-632-1068
Fax: 617-632-1125

Email: AFrance1@bidmc.harvard.edu