Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Special Interest Group 

The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Special Interest Group (SIG) is linked to the Metabolic CRN topic area. The SIG Lead is Professor Guruprasad Aithal, Professor of Hepatology at the University of Nottingham, and Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorder Theme Lead of NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. If anyone wishes to join the group please contact the BASL secretariat on


To understand, prevent and treat NAFLD, and to reduce its impact on health as well as health services.


To promote and support the development, conduct and delivery of research activity related to NAFLD

To disseminate innovations and best practices in clinical services related to NAFLD

To involve patient representatives in the activities of the SIG

To lead, contribute and participate in the development of educational activities related to NAFLD

To engage with pharma regarding research and educational activities related to NAFLD.

To respond on behalf of BASL to national or international organisations on issues related to NAFLD.



Annual reports

Annual report 2018-19 -  Download Annual report_2018-19_NAFLD SIG.pdf.


1st meeting - 11 January 2019

Agenda - Download NAFLD SIG _Agenda 110119.pdf.


2nd meeting - 14 June 2019

Agenda - Download Agenda_14 June 2019.pdf.

Presentation on NAFLD: A diabetologist's view, Chris Byrne, University of Southampton & Southampton NIHR BRC, University Hospital Southampton - Download Management of diabetes in patients with NASH_BASL.pdf

Presentations on chronic liver diseases: GP view:


NAFLD bioresource

Philip Newsome, University of Brimingham - Download NAFLD BioResource_June 2019.pdf.

Download NAFLD BioResource_Blog.pdf.


BASL has set up a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are linked to the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) topic areas. The NAFLD SIG has been active for one year, with an initial lead appointed by the BASL Committee. BASL is now seeking nominations for an elected Lead for this SIG. 

Eligibility requirements

·        All nominees should be members of the NAFLD SIG, as a BASL member or as an associate member of BASL through being a member of the SIG

·        Each nominee should have a proposer and seconder, who should also be BASL members or associate members through the NAFLD SIG

·        The initial Lead can stand for election once

·        Should a contested election be held, BASL / NAFLD SIG members may vote in this

·        The elected Lead will serve for two years, when there will be a further election.

Nomination process

·        Please send nominations to the BASL Secretariat at by 17:00 on 18 October 2019

·        If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election, in which all BASL / NAFLD SIG members may vote

·        Should an election be required, candidates will need to submit a personal statement of up to 300 words

·        The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting

·        Any queries should be addressed to

About the NAFLD SIG

The NAFLD SIG is linked to the Metabolic CRN topic area. The SIG comprises members from a variety of disciplines. Further information may be found elsewhere on this webpage.

The role of the SIG Lead

A SIG is expected to meet at least once a year. The BASL secretariat provides administrative support for SIGs, which includes creating and maintaining SIG member databases, arranging meetings and associated materials, and arranging publicity.

The role of the SIG Lead includes:

·        Chairing SIG meetings and co-ordinating actions to be pursued

·        Helping to co-ordinate bids for funding for trials and other research, and linking with the NIHR and other funders

·        Ensuring the SIG is recognised and supported within the Metabolic CRN topic area

·        Participating in meetings of the BSG / BASL Liver Research Development Group, which usually meets three times a year in London

·        Reporting on SIG activities to BASL, in particular via liaison with BASL’s Research Subcommittee.

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