Liver disease affects 1 of every 15 people in the United States and kills more than 46,000 individuals each year. Whereas deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer have all declined in the last 10 years, deaths from liver disease have progressively increased in number. The range of abnormalities that can affect the liver is broad, from genetic defects, to infectious insults, to toxic injury, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Children as well as adults fall victim to liver-related health problems.
The members of the UCSF Liver Center are commited to understanding the biology of the liver and alleviating suffering from liver diseases. These physicians and scientists represent 13 separate departments at UCSF, who use the Center community to accelerate their research progress, enrich their knowledge base, forge collaborations and integrate basic biology with clinical medicine. The Center supports these efforts by hosting scientific seminars, operating core facilities and awarding seed grants for innovative research projects.
Research within the UCSF Liver Center falls into three categories:
Liver Injury and Repair (includes viral hepatitis, genetic and immunologic diseases, cirrhosis, liver transplantation)
Progenitor Cells, Growth and Development (includes normal liver development, liver regeneration, liver cell transplantation, stem cells, liver cancer)
Hepatic Physiology and Metabolism (includes cell biology, drug metabolism, nutrient metabolism, fatty liver)
I invite you to peruse our website and learn more about the Liver Center, its members and programs. If you have questions, or are interested in partnering with the Center to support liver-related research, please contact me.
Jacquelyn J. Maher, MD
Program Director, UCSF Liver Center