Research and Clinical Trials

The Cedars-Sinai Liver Research Program is made up of renowned physicians and specialist nurses who are dedicated to advancing the science and practice of hepatology.

Liver research at Cedars-Sinai encompasses basic, translational and clinical research. Drs. Shelly Lu and Ekihiro Seki are physician scientists that conduct basic liver research investigating mechanisms of liver injury, fibrosis and cancer, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Their programs are funded by the National Institute of Health. In addition, the hepatology team at Cedars-Sinai is frequently sought out by pharmaceutical companies to advise and participate in leading clinical studies. Cedars-Sinai has a broad range of fully funded research studies for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), alcohol-induced liver disease, viral hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), primary and secondary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), cirrhosis complications, benign and malignant liver mass, anti-fibrotics for cirrhosis and other liver diseases.

Clinical research trials allow patients access to the most up-to-date treatments and medications and also advance scientific knowledge. Cedars-Sinai's expert research nurses and physicians closely supervise the patients throughout the study, and access to medical care is available 24 hours a day. All studies are conducted under the Good Clinical Practice guidelines and approved by the Cedars-Sinai Institutional Review Board.

Currently enrolling studies for patients with:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), with and without cirrhosis
  • Alcohol-induced liver disease
  • Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
  • Liver cancer
  • Hepatitis in post-liver-transplant patients

If you are interested in participating in a study or would like to discuss treatment for liver disease, you can contact a research coordinator:

Phone: 310-423-2743 or 310-967-7004
Fax: 310-423-0584

Faculty and Nurses