Basic Research and Clinical Research in the area of Hepatology and Gastroenterology is performed in the the Department of Medicine at Salem Medical Centre. The Research Laboratory is located in the Theoreticum of the University of Heidelberg close to the Institutes and Clinics of the University.
Prof. Seitz' Research is focused on the following areas:
Alcoholic Liver Disease
Alcohol mediated Carcinogenesis
Landmark studies of Prof. Seitz have been recognized on the cover page of “Cancer research” 1992 and of the “International Journal of Oncology”1997.
2010 he received the "Hiromasha Ishii Memorial Award" of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology and the International Society for Biomedical Alcohol Research for his pioneer work on alcoholic liver disease.
He also received 2013 the European Alcohol Research Award. The prize committee recognized Prof. Seitz’s landmark studies on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of alcoholic liver disease and on ethanol mediated carcinogenesis.
Prof. Seitz identified an important metabolic pathway of ethanol oxidation through cytochrome P-4502E1 as one responsible mechanism for ethanol mediated cancer development. In addition, he found a genetic risk marker for alcohol mediated carcinogenesis.
Prof. Seitz’s research is predominantly supported by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation and the Dietmar Hopp Foundation.
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