Michelle Long, MD, Assistant Professor in the Section of Gastroenterology, was recently awarded nearly 1 million dollars from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 5 year grant will continue to fund her research on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD-associated hepatic fibrosis is an important public health problem and more than 15 million Americans are estimated to suffer from hepatic fibrosis from NAFLD. NAFLD worsens metabolic disease and increases the risk of liver-related and CVD-related death. Until this point, studies examining NAFLD in community-based cohorts in the US have relied on imaging modalities that are insensitive to hepatic fibrosis. Dr. Long’s newly funded research will focus on both the clinical and genetic traits that are associated with hepatic fibrosis in approximately 3,500 FHS Third Generation and OMNI 2 cohort participants who are undergoing evaluation for hepatic fibrosis using vibration-controlled transient elastography (VCTE).