The overall goal of FLASH is to develop effective non-invasive diagnostic tools of liver disease, improve prognostic knowledge about fibrosis, fatty liver and steatohepatitis as well as increase the scarce treatment options.
The center was established in 2013 by Professor Aleksander Krag and includes currently 18 researchers as well as managerial support and a dedicated group of project nurses. As an integrated part of both the Department of Gastroenterology at Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark, the center has a strong research infrastructure including state of the art imaging technology, advanced biobank facilities, personnel, equipment and space to run complex and large human studies.
The center coordinates and participates in a number of national and international research projects focusing on alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. At present, the center has 15 active clinical trials and annually screens >1500 patients for inclusion, includes 700 patients and performs >150 percutaneous and transjugular liver biopsies, in addition to liver vein catherisations and endoscopies.