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The American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division, hosted the 15th annual Academic Debates on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at the Mid America Club of Chicago. The program was well attended by over 250 healthcare professionals from across the Chicagoland area as well as representation from University of Virginia and included 6 debates surrounding the topics of Hepatitis C, Fatty Liver, and Transplantation. The debates have no right or wrong answers and are judged based on research, argument, and presentation. Winners and topics were as followed:

University of Chicago (winner) v. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Needle exchange programs and the reduction of HCV transmission among infected drug users

Loyola University v. Rush University (winner)

Identifying the “Gold Standard” to evaluate fibrosis in patients with NAFLD

University of Virginia v. Northwestern University (winner)

Waiting periods for transplanting patients with alcohol-induced liver disease

The program was live streamed for participants who were not able to attend in person and posted on YouTube to share with supporters of the program. The 15th annual program included a live twitter feed throughout the evening which allowed guests to ask questions, vote for their favorite team, and receive information about upcoming ALF Great Lakes Division events and programs! The twitter feed engaged participants and encouraged donations, raising over $6,000. Rush University won the fundraising competition and brought home the traveling trophy for the third year in a row.

Thank you to the Great Lakes Division Medical Advisory Committee, Associate Medical Advisory Committee, sponsors, supporters, and staff for making the 15th annual Academic Debates a huge success!

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