Liver medicine

Liver medicine is a leading area of research for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and the University of Birmingham, thanks to the combination of world class facilities and close collaboration between the two institutions.

UHB’s liver medicine and transplant programme is one of the largest in Europe, and the university is home to the Centre for Liver Research and the recently renewed NIHR Biomedical Research Unit. This helps the development of translational liver themed research.

The Centre for Liver Research benefits from being in the School of Infection and Immunity at the University, and works alongside investigators based in the Medical Research Council Centre for Immune Regulation, the Centre for Virology and Institute of Microbiology and Infection.

Additional strengths of the programme are the University of Birmingham Stem Cell Centre and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

The research programme spans both laboratory and clinical research, and includes fundamental scientific studies of disease mechanisms alongside clinical trials of new therapies, including stem cell therapy.

We have an active training programme for both clinical and non-clinical scientists and a strong track record in the award of national fellowships at research fellow and clinician scientist level to both surgeons and physicians.

Our staff are both clinicians and scientists, and work alongside a team of research fellows, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students and established technical and administrative staff.

Our broad areas of research are:

Among the current research activity are the following trials:

  • New therapies for Hepatitis C
  • Novel agents for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • New agents for the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

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