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University Medical Center Groningen

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Core activities:

  • Patient care
  • Research
  • Education and training

Patient care

The department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is responsible for the clinical care of patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases, including patients with diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract. Areas of special interest include cholestatic liver diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases and premalignant lesions of the gastrointestinal tract. The department is strongly involved in the liver transplantation programme and the small bowel transplantation programme of the University Hospital.


Research is directed at clinical and patient-oriented research as well as basic research, with a strong focus on cell biological and molecular biological aspects of disease mechanisms.

The main research lines are:

  1. Regulation and function of ABC-transporters in hepatocytes, cholangiocytes and intestinal epithelial cells.
  2. Epithelial functional and mechanisms of apoptosis in inflammatory disorders of the liver and gastrointestinal tract.
  3. Premalignant lesions in the gastrointestinal tract.
  4. Inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal transplantation.

Education and Training

The department is involved in the education and training of Medical, Biology and Pharmacy students.

The department also participates in postgraduate courses and is responsible for the training of gastroenterologists.

Last modified:12 December 2019 09.55 a.m.