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Approved Research

Genetic association and gene-environment interaction in liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma

Principal Investigator: Dr Christopher Amos
Approved Research ID: 68297
Approval date: August 9th 2021

Lay summary

Genetic contributions to the pathogenesis of liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver/biliary cancer are not fully understood. Our project aims to discover genetic factors that contribute to the pathogenesis of liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver or biliary cancers. We will apply both traditional statistical and machine learning approaches. We will identify main effects of genetic factors and also identify gene-gene and gene and gene-environmental interactions.  We are particularly interested in studying genetic factors that are modulated by alcohol use, smoking and physical activity. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of genetic and environmental factors on chronic liver diseases. Our work will help inform liver disease etiology, and identify individuals genetically predicted to be at high risk for cirrhosis and liver and biliary cancers.