The Institute of Hepatology, affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London
Founded in 1973, the Foundation for Liver Research (formerly called the Liver Research Trust) has supported research programmes into liver disease for more than thirty years including much of the early pioneering work at King’s College Hospital into liver transplantation and acute liver failure. Professor Roger Williams, CBE, has been the Director of Research since 1973 and continues in that role.
In 1997 the Foundation established an Institute of Hepatology at University College London under the continuing direction of Professor Williams, in a purpose-designed three storey new building of just under 7000 square feet. In 2000 the Foundation purchased premises immediately behind the Institute in Huntley Street which have been refurbished as rental accommodation for students and essential workers and which will also provide much needed meeting and common room facilities for the research staff. In 2005 a new floor was added to the Institute with additional laboratory and office space for two new research groups.
In 2010 the Foundation took over direct management of the Institute and now runs the Institute as an independent research facility. The Institute provides unparalleled opportunities for collaborative scientific programmes and research staff continue to forge links both nationally and internationally and to work with clinical colleagues in the field of liver disease. The Institute is located in central London and immediately adjacent to the premises are major research buildings including the new Institute of Cancer Studies and the new University College London Hospital is just a few minutes walk away. As of June 2011, the Institute of Hepatology is affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London.