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Hepatology

Hepatology

Our role is to support the delivery of high-quality clinical research in Hepatology and manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for Hepatology studies which are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations which Scottish sites are participating in. We provide support in the following areas:

  • Managing the study portfolio record
  • Monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • Providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • Troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • Sharing information on new studies
  • Identifying potential sites for studies
  • Facilitating access to resource to support research, for example through Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Research Nurses.

Liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK. Research carried out in this specialty aims to detect liver disease earlier and develop and evaluate new therapies.

Hepatology Studies

The Hepatology Specialty Group oversees research that deals with the diagnosis and management of patients with diseases of the liver, biliary tree, and pancreas. Topics of Hepatology research include:

  • Acute and chronic liver disease including liver failure
  • The impact of identifying, screening and treating viral hepatitis
  • Liver fibrosis and cirrhosis
  • Normal and abnormal liver metabolism
  • Genetic studies including pharmacongenetics
  • Biomarkers
  • Hepatotoxicity
  • Treatment of portal hypertension

1st  Annual Hepatology Research Day

The first annual Hepatology Research Day, hosted by the NRS Hepatology Specialty Group, was held on Wednesday 17th August 2016 at the University of Dundee.  A copy of the agenda can be found here. The Hepatology Specialty Group presentation-who we are and what we do, presented by Sarah Kennedy, can be found here.

For further information on the Specialty Group or information on upcoming events, please contact jillianstrachan@nhs.net.

Patient, carer and public information

NHS Research Scotland is committed to actively involving patients, those who care for them and the public in all aspects of the research process, including shaping future research activity. Read more

Key Contacts

Specialty Lead: Professor John Dillon

Performance Manager: Janet Gilchrist