Pittsburgh, PA, December 14, 2020—The Community Liver Alliance is excited to announce that Dr. Hossam Abdelsamed with the Starzl Transplant Institute is the recipient of the 2021 Research Grant Award for his submission of “Epigenetic Programming in Liver Transplant Patients: A Novel tool to discover non-invasive biomarkers and understand liver tolerance mechanisms”.  

Hossam A. Abdelsamed, Ph.D is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.

Over the last 4 years, the Community Liver Alliance has invested $100,000 in research grants to support local scientists and their projects. This is a one-year award of $25,000.

FUNDING PERIOD:   January 1, 2021- December 31, 2021. This award is intended for basic, clinical, or outcomes research related to liver disease. Students, residents, fellows, nurses, physician extenders, and faculty are eligible.  Community Liver Alliance Board and Scientific review committee members and current awardees are NOT eligible.

“Research is an important part of the Community Liver Alliance mission and we are proud to be able to invest in local scientists and their research projects. Our hope through this investment is to continue to inspire new therapies, treatments, and cures for liver diseases.” Suzanna Masartis, CEO of the Community Liver Alliance.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and offices in San Diego, CA and Milwaukee, WI, the Community Liver Alliance, has grown to have a national presence while still holding true to our mission to invest in local communities and to give a voice to community patients and provider. Our mission is to promote disease awareness, prevention, education, advocacy, and research. Supported by a network of patients, caregivers, health care professionals and community leaders, the organization develops and runs educational workshops, provides expertise and leadership for statewide viral hepatitis elimination plans, conducts screenings, coordinates support groups, facilitates linkage to necessary medical care, provides education for policy makers on issues related to liver health and works with community leaders, health care professionals, interested groups and patients to raise awareness about liver disease.

To learn more about the Community Liver Alliance, please visit To contact the organization, please email or call 412-501-3CLA.


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