Brown University Researchers Work to Eliminate Hepatitis C in Rhode Island
Researchers at Brown University, a New England Council member, are hoping their research will lead to the effective elimination of Hepatitis C in Rhode Island by 2030.
Professors Dr. Lynn Taylor and Brandon Marshall authored a study titled “RI Defeats Hep C,” which states “increasing the number of Rhode Islanders treated every year for the hepatitis C virus infection to approximately 2,000 by 2020 would reduce cases by 90 percent and prevent more than 70 percent of liver-related deaths by 2030.”
“Hepatitis C virus-related morbidity and mortality can be reduced significantly in Rhode Island if an aggressive treatment strategy is implemented over the next decade. The medications available today are so effective that — with increased treatment uptake — we have the opportunity to all but eliminate the disease by 2030,” said Marshall.
The study was conducted in collaboration with Rhode Island Defeats Hepatitis C, a group founded by Dr. Taylor, which promotes awareness of Hepatitis C.
The New England Council applauds Brown University’s efforts to combat Hepatitis C in Rhode Island.