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Liver Center - Research

Current Liver Center Research


The Saint Louis University Liver Center is committed to excellence in basic and clinical research. The Center includes laboratory space specifically devoted to liver research. These areas provide environments to improve both the understanding and the treatment of liver diseases. Our researchers include physicians as well as basic scientists working to acquire new knowledge of fundamental liver function, causes of liver diseases as well as applicable treatments. Research funding has grown to approximately $1.7 million per year from numerous National Institutes of Health grants and contracts, the Veterans Administration and pharmaceutical companies.

The division of gastroenterology and hepatology has led the nation in enrollment in several large, multi-center clinical trials, and is a recognized leader in both clinical and laboratory based research in liver disease. Clinical research in liver disease is conducted in the GI Studies Unit and the General Clinical Research Center on the second floor of the Salus Center in the Center for Biomedical and Health Care Research. Basic science research in liver disease is conducted in the individual scientist’s laboratories located in Saint Louis University Hospital, the Medical School and at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The Saint Louis University Liver Center takes research from the lab to patient treatment. Scientists and physicians from the following departments or divisions participate in this endeavor:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Internal Medicine
    - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    - Hematology and Oncology
    - Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
    - Pediatric Gastroenterology
    - Neonatology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery