UPDATE: developing research priorities in Alcohol-related Liver Disease research!

Our ARMS-Hub research symposium took place on the 21st February 2024 in Birmingham. We welcomed 17 experts, including people with lived experience in Alcohol-related Liver Disease (ArLD), hepatologists, specialist nurses, dietitians, physoptherapists and scientists.

We shared the results from our five stakeholder meetings and six PPIE meetings and the questions that derived from those meetings:

1. Can we design and implement a diverse educational package for both young people and adults around the wider harms of alcohol?

2. Can an educational package, co-designed by people with lived experience and stakeholders, be used to reduce stigma in healthcare professionals?

3. How can mental health services best be integrated into liver services?

We also had the privilege to hear from Prof. Debbie Shawcross, Professor of Hepatology and Chronic Liver Failure at King’s College London, Deputy Chair of the British Society Gastroenterology (BSG) Research Committee and member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Scientific Committee and Governing Board. She shared some insights on her groundbreaking research on faecal transplants to treat advanced liver disease – PROMISE trial – and on how to create a translational trial that will benefit the target population.

We then spent the rest of the day having great discussions on how to design a study proposal that will address one or more of the identified research questions. Everyone was extremely engaged and enthusiastic and it was a pleasure to meet stakeholders in person and hear everyone’s expertise.

We are looking forward to the next steps on the ARMS-Hub project and to produce high quality research that will help break barriers in ArLD!