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About the Liver Center

Mission Statement

The Liver Center’s primary mission is to be a multidisciplinary, intellectual focus for KUMC researchers, bringing Basic Science, Translational Science, Clinical Research, Pathology, Radiology, Clinical Hepatology, and Surgery communities together. The Liver Center is a research center that aims to collaborate closely with the clinical care components of the liver community at KU, the Liver Treatment Center, and the Center for Transplantation in a mutually supportive relationship, allowing both clinical and research aspects of the liver enterprise to reach their full potential. This creates positive momentum, making it easier to recruit high-quality scientists and clinicians to our liver program and establishing KU as a premier center for liver care and liver-related research in the U.S.

Additional Information
  • To create a stimulating scientific environment
  • To facilitate collaborative research
  • To help develop and maintain unique core resources relevant to the liver research community
  • To specifically help organize and support collaborative level grant applications such as program project and center grants.


  • Curtis Klaassen becomes Chair of Department of Pharmacology and expands liver-related research
  • Liver Club Seminar Series begins


  • COBRE grant
  • Core Facility established
  • New Life Sciences building opens in November 2006


  • Liver Center founded
  • Membership spans multiple organizations
  • Distinguished EAB set up
  • Formal relationship with KU Cancer Center
  • Risk Factors for Carcinogenesis established
  • Focus areas: fatty liver, HCV, alcohol


  • 1st Liver Center Symposium
  • Liver Center Tissue Bank launched with strong support from KUMC leadership and physicians


  • Steven Weinman, MD, PhD, recruited from University of Texas Medical Branch as Director of Translational Research


  • Scientific abstracts and manuscripts produced by utilization of the Liver Tissue Bank

"The specimens used in this study were derived from samples collected and provided by the KU Liver Center Tissue Bank. The project [study] is sponsored by the Liver Center at KUMC"

Please send a copy of your accepted publication to:

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Liver Center
Mail Stop 1018
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160