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Research in NIAID Labs

Over the past 60 years, NIAID scientists have made landmark breakthroughs against viral hepatitis, including the discovery of the viruses that cause hepatitis A and hepatitis E; the development of one of the first diagnostic tests for hepatitis A; and research that led to the creation of the hepatitis A vaccine, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all children over one year of age.

Today, scientists in the Division of Intramural Research continue to pursue effective preventions and treatments for the major hepatitis viruses through basic and translational studies on the pathogenesis and molecular biology of the viruses.

Laboratory of Infectious Diseases

Patrizia Farci, M.D., chief of the Hepatic Pathogenesis Section, conducts translational research to study the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of acute liver failure and acute and chronic hepatitis of viral and non-viral etiology, as well as the long-term sequelae of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Last Updated February 28, 2014