Making dreams a reality - Eliminating Hepatitis C virus and improving symptom burden in cirrhosis
Sumita Verma, Professor of Hepatology at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, will present her inaugural lecture.
Liver deaths in England have increased by more than 250% since 1971 and now constitute the fourth most common cause of years of life lost.
In 2016, after the development of highly safe and effective antiviral drugs, the World Health Organization mandated that hepatitis C be eliminated by 2030. However, as the disease disproportionately affects vulnerable adults (such as people who inject drugs and homeless people), nationally up to 50% of individuals remain undiagnosed. In this lecture, Professor Verma will discuss her research on innovative multidisciplinary and integrated community models of care utilising novel painless liver scans and finger-prick blood testing.
Professor Verma will also discuss the role of long-term abdominal drains in improving symptom burden in advanced cirrhosis. Use of these drains allows for community management, thus avoiding hospitalisation and inappropriate interventions, and ensuring that the individual’s remaining life can be spent at a residence of choice.
Sumita Verma is Professor of Hepatology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and an Honorary Consultant/Academic Lead in Hepatology at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. Professor Verma obtained her medical degree from the University of Delhi, India before training as a Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist in Yorkshire, UK. She subsequently worked as an Assistant Professor in Hepatology at the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University Hospital, before being appointed as an Academic Hepatologist at Brighton in 2007. Professor Verma has developed Hepatology research at BSMS, receiving research funding from the National Institute of Health Research, Dunhill Medical Trust and Gilead Sciences. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative community models of care for vulnerable adults with liver disease and improving symptom burden in advanced cirrhosis by assessing the role of long term abdominal drains. She has authored multiple publications in Hepatology.