Liver Disease PhD Student
Laurence Britton is in the final stages of completing his PhD as part of his work with the GMRF Liver Research Unit. His research focuses on examining tHe role of adipocyte iron in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The key findings of Laurence’s PhD are that: 1. In people with fatty liver disease, increasing liver iron appears to be associated with a lower degree of insulin resistance (pre- diabetes). 2. Iron blocks the secretion of Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) from human fat cells (adipocytes). As ApoE appears to protect against fatty liver disease, targeting adipocyte iron and ApoE may be future targets for the treatment of fatty liver disease.
GE Society of Queensland (GESQ) organising committee member 2016-2017 • Senior Lecturer for Greenslopes Clinical School • Student Representative, Research Higher Degree Committee, School of Medicine