University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is now firmly established as one of the top ten centres in the world for liver research, treatment and transplantation.

Providing a service that goes from “trial to treatment”, according to Gideon Hirschfield, Professor of Autoimmune Liver Disease and Honorary Transplant Hepatologist, is what makes the Trust unique, placing the importance of clinical research for UHB patients, at the centre of their day-to-day clinical care.

Equally, the Trust stands out because of the appointment of one, almost unique, post, that of an autoimmune liver disease Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jennifer Hayden.

As new guidelines for the treatment of autoimmune liver disease are published in the leading journal for gastroenterology and hepatology, GUT, researchers and clinicians in Birmingham have taken the lead in pushing ahead with new drugs and new treatment standards for patients at specialist autoimmune liver disease clinics, hosted in the UHB Centre for Rare Diseases.

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AUTHOR: Zohur Miah
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