Diseases affecting the liver are a major and growing problem. Disease of the liver can cause both sudden illness (accompanied usually, but not always, by jaundice (yellowing of the skin)) and more long-term problems which can build up slowly over time. Where liver disease has been present for many years it can sometimes cause the development of cirrhosis (contrary to popular belief cirrhosis can be caused by all diseases of the liver and not just excess alcohol) which can in turn causes swelling of the tummy (ascites) and problems form bleeding into the intestines.
Our research has also identified the ways in which long-term liver disease can also cause problems in the lives of patients through symptoms which reduce quality of life (itching and tiredness being the most frequent) as well as through the more normally recognised problems seen when cirrhosis develops.
The liver group carries out both research into the causes of the liver disease and the ways in which we can treat it (including through reducing symptoms). We are particularly keen to develop new treatments and work closely with patients to translate the promise of new treatments into reality.
Our work has, over the years, been helped greatly by the input of patient groups and we work closely with LiverNorth, a dedicated patient support group and research charity.
If you are concerned that you might have liver disease you should contact your doctor to discuss it. If you are interested in finding out more about liver disease, and our research into its causes and treatments, or are interested in participating in our research you are encouraged to contact LiverNorth.