The German Liver Foundation
The Deutsche Leberstiftung (German Liver Foundation) deals with the liver and related diseases, their diagnosis and treatment. For more than ten years, it has been improving the chances of recovery from liver disease and the quality of life of affected patients. To this end, the German Liver Foundation has set itself the following goals
- Improving patient care
- Raising public awareness of liver disease
- Promoting horizontal and vertical research networking
- Prompt generation and transfer of knowledge
As one of the Competence Networks in Medicine, the Competence Network for Viral Hepatitis (Kompetenznetz Hepatitis) has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) since 2002. The Competence Network for Viral Hepatitis has set up a horizontal and vertical network that has enabled an interdisciplinary focus on the central questions of medical care and research.
The German Liver Foundation emerged out of the Competence Network for Viral Hepatitis in late 2006, making it possible to continue the successful collaboration after the end of the government funding period.
The German Liver Foundation supports the Competence Network for Viral Hepatitis and its projects, including the HepNet Study House which carries out studies and registries to improve the treatment of liver disease.
To improve medical care for patients with liver disease, the German Liver Foundation conducts its own research projects, in addition to promoting projects in other institutions. See here for more information.
The Deutsche Leberstiftung (German Liver Foundation) promotes research into the liver and related diseases. To this end, the foundation offers grants for research networking as well as for the preparation of clinical studies and projects. Every year, an outstanding publication in the field of hepatology is honoured with the 'Prize of the German Liver Foundation'. See here for more information.
One of the foundation's areas of emphasis is to promote research into liver disease through research networks. The 'HepNet Journal', published by the foundation, is released twice a year and covers liver research in its entirety.
The German Liver Foundation's 'HepNet Symposium' takes place every year. It provides researchers and doctors with a forum where they can discuss the latest research results and possible treatments relating to their field.
Information and advice
The German Liver Foundation provides information about the liver and liver disease through various publications. Among these are leaflets such as 'Leber und Leberwerte', 'Leber und Fett', 'Leber und Alkohol', 'Leber und Krebs' and 'Leber und Transplantation'. Furthermore, the foundation provides a brochure entitled 'Lebererkrankungen und Ernährung', as well as leaflets about hepatitis B and C. You can find all information materials here.
'Das Leber-Buch' (in German), published by the German Liver Foundation, provides a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to the function of the liver, possible diseases and treatments.
During the telephone consultation hours offered by the German Liver Foundation, our experts answer all questions relating to liver disease (in German). Our phone lines are open from Monday to Thursday from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, call +49(0)1805 – 45 00 60 (€ 0.14/min from German landlines, max. € 0.42/min from mobile phones).
Public awareness work is an important part of the German Liver Foundation's role in providing information about liver disease. Liver disease often goes unnoticed and as a result is left untreated, which in the worst case can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is vital to raise awareness of the different types of liver disease to improve early detection. Our press releases and further information can be found here.
The German Liver Foundation has set up a network of associated doctors, clinics, researchers, pharmacists and self-help groups throughout Germany. As a result, patients can quickly and easily find a competent point of contact in their area.
A leaflet about the German Liver Foundation's work can be found here.
Further information about the German Liver Foundation can be found on our German website: www.deutsche-leberstiftung.de.
Any questions? Get in touch:
30625 Hannover Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)511 – 532 6815
Fax: +49 (0)511 – 532 6820
A leaflet about the German Liver Foundation’s work can be found here
Further information about the German Liver Foundation can be found on our German website: www.deutsche-leberstiftung.de