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Members of this Division are motivated to advance the way we manage patients and to improve health for those with disease of the liver and gastrointestinal tract."

Professor Mark Thursz

Head of Division

The Division of Digestive Diseases, headed by Professor Mark Thursz, is distributed across three campuses of Imperial College as well as the associated NHS Trusts (Imperial College Healthcare, Chelsea & Westminster and Northwick Park/St Marks) the Division of Digestive Diseases is dedicated to research on common liver diseases such as viral hepatitis, alcohol and non-alcoholic liver disease, gastrointestinal disorders and problems arising from over and under nutrition. Research competency spans basic science to public health with strong expertise in clinical trials.

In order to inspire the next generation of scientists and clinical investigators we host research training opportunities, as well as a number of undergraduate and post-graduate courses. The Division will be launching a new Masters course in Gastroenterology & Hepatology using the latest digital tools to facilitate on-line learning, from October 2020.

Digestive Diseases

Areas of Study

The Division is split into three Sections, each containing a number of principle-investigator-led research groups. Explore the sections listed below for further information.
Prof Mark Thursz

Division leadership

Head of Digestive Disease - Professor Mark Thursz
Mark Thursz is professor of hepatology at Imperial College and consultant in hepatology at St Mary's Hospital, London. His clinical interests are in viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and fatty liver disease. He is currently interested in developing programmes for treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection in resource poor settings to reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.