Revolutionizing global health through innovative liver research

Dr. Arun Sanyal and Dr. Todd Stravitz

Making an Impact

The liver is a central metabolic organ that coordinates the healthy functioning of the heart, brain and kidneys. Backed by a transformative $104 million gift, the largest publicly shared donation for liver research in U.S. history, we are leading innovative investigations that will reinvent the way we care for patients with liver disease and educate future physician-scientists.

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Pioneering Research

The Problem

People with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) generally do not know they are affected until the disease has progressed to a dangerously late stage because diagnosing early-stage NASH is difficult, expensive and often painful for the patient.

The Solution

As part of the non-invasive biomarkers of metabolic liver disease (NIMBLE) project, our researchers are partnering with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and other academic, private-sector and public-sector organizations to identify biological substances that are more easily collected and measured so they can be used to diagnose NASH earlier.

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Proudly Located in Richmond, Virginia

Proudly Located in Richmond, Virginia

VCU’s medical campus rests in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. We pride ourselves on being active members of our community, with a commitment to engaging and investing in Richmond as learners, researchers, healers and citizens.

As a vibrant, mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond attracts physicians, researchers and learners from around the globe.

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For the love of the liver

Private donations empower top researchers to explore creative solutions. Sign our love letter to the liver by contributing to the Stravitz-Sanyal Institute.

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