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.

Read more in the Providence Business News.

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