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Project information

Sponsored sing for The Liver Group Charity

A kind volunteer, Liz Joyce, has decided to do sponsored sing to raise funds for us! On 29th January at 2:30pm, she will sing 176 verses of Psalm 119 at The Oasis Centre in Cheltenham. To sponsor her donate here! All funds go towards the development of the Bioartificial Liver Machine!

30 days

Charity information: The Liver Group

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  • Need


    In the UK, more than 11,000 people die from liver failure/cirrhosis, and according the World Health Organisation 650 million people are currently suffering from liver disease worldwide. Many of those require urgent liver transplants; however, a shortage of donor organs leads to only 10% of patients receiving a transplant in the UK each year, therefore many die on the waiting list.


    The Bioartificial Liver Machine would work in a similar way to kidney dialysis but for patients with liver failure. It would temporarily replace liver function, allowing the patients liver to repair, or buy the patient time until a suitable donor can be found, thus saving many lives.
    We are now ready to test it out in patients, but to achieve this, considerable funding is needed to translate this technology into the clinic and to carry out a first in human clinical trial.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We have developed a Bioartificial Liver Machine that is now ready to be tested in patients


    » Considerable funding needs to be raised to carry out a first in man clinical trial and to acquire lab equipment that is crucial to our progress

    What success will look like

    Success will be via bringing our Bioartificial Liver Machine from the bench to the bedside.

  • Impact


    In the UK, more than 11,000 people die from liver failure/cirrhosis, and according to the World Health Organisation 650 million people are currently suffering from liver disease worldwide. If we raise the funds needed to carry out a first in man trial and then ultimately make the Bioartificial Liver Machine a clinical reality, these statistics could be reduced drastically and many lives could be saved.


    We have learnt from the main thrust of our activity, developmental work – to bring us to the stage when major funds can be earned – is both prolonged and expensive.
    To negate any potential issues arising we shall continue to fund-raise, so as to continually be in a position to further develop and refine the Bioartificial Liver, and to then be able to carry out a first in man clinical trial.


    We keep donors updated through our main website and our social media sites, make our Chairman's annual progress reports available on our website, and we welcome visits and contact from donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £550,000 Researchers Funding for our researchers
      £350,000 Equipment and Governance Providing the equipment, facilities and consumables needed to carry out the research
      £100,000 PhD Studentships Funding that will allow us to offer PhD Studentships to help train aspiring researchers
  • Background


    We, The Liver Group Charity, are based at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London.

    The sponsored sing event that has been created to raise funds for this project will take place at The Oasis Centre, Cheltenham at 2:30pm


    The 650 million people worldwide the World Health Organisation estimates suffer from a condition effecting the liver.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Charity has been established for almost twenty years now, whilst the research group at the Charity's core has been in existence for nearly thirty, during which time it has gained an international reputation in studies of the control of liver growth.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Prof Humphrey Hodgson FRCP, F Med Sci

    Chairman of the Charity

    Prof Clare Selden

    Trustee charged with monitoring and supervising the Charity's daily activities