Fatty liver: the pathology of gluttony

Friday, 17 April 2015

University of Adelaide Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Alastair Burt specialises in liver diseases and says while most people only associate liver disease with alcoholism, people who are overweight, obese or with type 2 diabetes, are also prone to serious liver conditions.

“Fatty liver diseases are a group of diseases that interfere with the normal functioning of the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and an early death,” says Professor Burt.

“It has long been recognised that excess alcohol consumption can lead to liver diseases, and while there is a relationship between the degree of alcohol consumption and severe disease, other individual traits also have a significant influence.

“In particular, it is becoming increasingly recognised that the whole spectrum of fatty liver diseases can also occur in people who are overweight, obese or those living with type 2 diabetes,” he says.

Professor Burt will describe the spectrum of fatty liver diseases and the importance of accurate diagnosis at his upcoming free public lecture The Pathology of Gluttony, which will be held at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday 28 April.

WHAT:   The Pathology of Gluttony: a Research Tuesdays Inaugural Lecture
WHERE: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN:   5.30–6.30pm, Tuesday 28 April, 2015
COST:     Free and all welcome – but registration is essential

The University of Adelaide’s Research Tuesdays Inaugural Lectures are held to mark major milestones in our researchers’ careers, such as achieving the rank of Professor, or being appointed to a Chair or other Professorship.

Professor Burt was appointed Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Health Sciences in December 2014. He is a former Dean of Clinical Medicine and Chair of Pathology at Newcastle University, has been awarded a Fellowship by the Australasian Royal College, and is Editor-in-chief of MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver.


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