Projects In Knowledge® Completes Successful
HCV and Liver Disease Events in Washington, DC

Reinforces Its Standing as GI/Hepatology Education Experts

Livingston, New Jersey – November 12, 2013 – Projects In Knowledge (PIK) was the driving force behind a series of successful events held during the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (The Liver Meeting®) in Washington, DC. PIK is widely regarded as an expert developer of educational programs on viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. The events are summarized below:

  • Satellite Symposium, Saturday, November 2: “The Future of HCV Is Now: Practical Approaches to Today's Management of HCV Patients” attracted a record-setting, standing-room-only audience. Ira M. Jacobson, MD (chair), Eric J. Lawitz, MD, AGAF, CPI, David R. Nelson, MD, and Nezam H. Afdhal, MD, gave compelling presentations on new and emerging treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, interferon-based regimens, the latest clinical trial data on all-oral combination regimens, and how new and emerging therapies may impact management decisions for patients with concomitant illnesses. Heavy use of social media was noted throughout the evening, with several participants furiously tweeting comments to their Twitter followers, and others texting their questions to the faculty during the Q&A session.

  • Satellite Symposium, Sunday, November 3: “Novel Therapeutic Targets in PBC, PSC, & NASH: Translating Today’s Knowledge into Tomorrow’s Practice” delved into primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Henry C. Bodenheimer Jr, MD (chair), David E. J. Jones, MD, PhD, Michael Trauner, MD, and Arun J. Sanyal, MD, reviewed and discussed the latest developments in each disease state, focusing particularly on the clinical implications of emerging treatment data. An on-demand webcast of the presentations will be available in mid-November.

  • Scientific Poster, Tuesday, November 5: “HCV Management Among US Clinicians: Gaps in Clinical Competence and Practice Performance – Survey Findings” presented the results of a nationwide poll that asked more than 6500 clinicians to self-assess their clinical competence and practice performance in managing patients with HCV infection, especially their understanding of current and emerging therapies. Co-authored by Ira M. Jacobson, MD, David R. Nelson, MD, Patty Peterson, CCMEP, and Elaine Rudell, CCMEP, the survey revealed significant gaps among specialists and primary care practitioners, indicating a critical need for education and improved training in the use of these therapies. Download a copy of the poster here.

PIK has deep and broad expertise in viral hepatitis, honed over more than 17 years and facilitated by well-established relationships with world-class GI and hepatology specialists and thought leaders, according to Ms. Peterson, Senior Vice President. ”We understand the full complement of liver diseases and are uniquely positioned to use our extensive knowledge base to develop high-quality, outcomes-oriented, medical education programs in all related areas.”

Ms. Peterson is also pleased with the record attendance at PIK’s two symposia–particularly the Sunday session on PBC, PSC & NASH, which are new specialty areas for the company. “Clearly, clinicians recognize PIK’s expertise and ability to address their educational needs on all types of liver disease. We will pursue opportunities to develop additional programs that will benefit clinicians who treat affected patients.”

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Patty Peterson, CCMEP
Senior Vice President
Projects In Knowledge