Aims of the Center

  1. To provide the essential services offered by biomedical Core facilities to facilitate the research of the membership to advance our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of liver and digestive diseases.
  2. To foster collaboration between Center members through the use of Cores, the Enrichment Program, and Special Interest Groups (SIG).
  3. To foster career development through availability of scientific Cores, Enrichment Program, and Pilot/Feasibility support and attract the talents of established investigators from other fields to apply their expertise to liver and digestive disease research and to collaborate with Center members.
  4. Facilitate the technological training and scientific development of postdoctoral fellows, K awardees and junior faculty through the services of the Cores, the Enrichment Program and Pilot/Feasibility funding.


The Center’s membership and activities have led to thematic organization of a Research Base devoted to Liver Disease with four major Themes:

  1. Viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
  2. Steatohepatitis and fibrosis.
  3. Liver injury (hepatotoxicity and mitochondrial pathobiology).
  4. Repair, regenerative medicine, and developmental biology.