Conducting research into: liver cancer, liver injury, liver immunology, alcoholic liver disease, liver cell biology and molecular hepatology.
Chronic Liver damage affects up to 20% of our population. It has many causes - viral infections (Hepatitis B and C), toxins, genetic, metabolic and autoimmune diseases.
Recently the onset of liver disease has also been linked to diabetes and obesity, two health problems which are increasing significantly in Australia.
Liver cancer, which is often caused by chronic liver damage, is one of the fastest growing diseases in our community. The rate of liver cancer in Australia has increased four-fold in the past 20 years. Sadly this trend is expected to continue.
An increased understanding of the liver diseases that lead to cancer and chronic liver failure is essential in bringing forth new treatments.
The Centenary institute is working on liver health and disease from five key perspectives.
How inflammation drives fibrosis, or hardening of the liver, which can lead to scarring (cirrhosis) and finally liver cancer
How liver damage leads to liver failure or liver cancer, so we can slow down the progression of liver disease
Liver injury and cancer in those suffering with type 2 diabetes
Diagnostics and therapies for Alcoholic Liver Disease, as well as genetic risk factors
- The unique immune response of the liver to improve liver transplantation and clear chronic infections like Hep B & Hep C
Centenary Institute has recruited one of the world’s most exciting teams of highly qualified researchers and specialist clinicians to find out what causes liver disease and how to control it.
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