Prof. Elisabetta Bugianesi, Italy
Prof. Elisabetta Bugianesi MD, PhD, is a clinical researcher graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy. He became specialist in Internal Medicine and later PhD in Hepatology at the University of Bologna and Modena. Her post-graduate training included a PhD fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA, from 1995 to 1998 where she became expert in the use of stable isotopes to study in vivo metabolism and started a pioneering research activity on NAFLD under the guidance of Prof AJ McCullough.
Prof. Philip N. Newsome, United Kingdom
Prof. Phillip N. Newsome is the Director of the Centre for Liver Research & Professor of Experimental Hepatology, University of Birmingham, and Consultant Hepatologist at the Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He graduated from the Medical School at the University of Edinburgh in 1995 and moved to Birmingham in 2007.
He has a large laboratory group focussing on the role of cell therapy in liver injury. He has received a range of funding including large project/programme grants (EUFP7, MRC and MRC/Wellcome Clinical Training Fellowships). As a Research Area Lead on the NIHR liver BRU (£13M; 2008-2017) he has established two cutting edge clinical trials which he is the Chief Investigator on. One of these, REALISTIC, is the largest clinical trial of haematopoietic stem cell therapy in patients with liver cirrhosis in Europe/US. He co-ordinates the MERLIN (EU FP7) consortium which includes a clinical trial of mesenchymal stromal cells in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis. He has driven stem cell research at the University of Birmingham resulting in significant strategic investment in manufacturing facilities such as the Advanced Therapies Facility. The success and significance of his work has led to many approaches from industry such that he has an extensive interaction with many bio-tech companies, ranging from provision of consultancy through to joint research projects.
This research portfolio has led to high impact publications throughout including both original articles (PNAS, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, Gut, American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet) and review articles (Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology).
Prof. Vlad Ratziu, France
Prof. Vlad Ratziu is Professor of Hepatology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière Medical School in Paris, France. After completing his medical training at the Université Paris Descartes, he completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Liver Center at the University of California in San Francisco, USA, and went on to earn a doctoral degree from Université Paris Diderot for his work on the pathophysiology of viral and metabolic liver fibrosis.
He coordinated the FLIP (Fatty Liver Inhibition of Progression) consortium, a program funded by the European 7th Framework Programme (FP7) to study the mechanisms of progression of liver disease in NAFLD in the largest European cohort of patients with NAFLD and to identify potential preventive and therapeutic strategies. He is part of the Steering Committee of the Horizon 2020 NASH EPoS and the IMI2 LITMUS Consortia. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Hepatology, Clinical Liver Diseases and Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology and was also as a member of the editorial board of Hepatology. He currently serves as a Member of the International Advisory Board de The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology
He is part of the organizing Committee of the NASH-TAG meetings (NASH – Therapeutic Agents) www.nash-tag.org