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About us Medical Sciences Research Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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. Preclinical research on inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and fibrotic liver disease, partucularly non-alcolholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD/NASH).
  2. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): pathogenic mechanisms and interventions.
  3. 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.


Date Time
5 October 2022 9:00 Thesis Zongmei Wu
1 Febuari 2023 14:30 Thesis Arno Bourgonje

Last modified:08 September 2022 11.02 a.m.