Centre for Inflammation Research

Dr Ken Simpson

I'm interested in liver injury and recovery.

Dr Ken Simpson

Senior Lecturer

  • Centre for Inflammation Research

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Group Members

  • Dr Tom Manship - Clinical Fellow
  • Dr Mhairi Donnelly - Clinical Fellow


Acute liver failure (ALF) is a relatively rare condition, but Edinburgh is the National Centre for referral of patients with this condition in view of the life-saving role of emergency liver transplantation. ALF affects young patients and commonly develops into multiorgan failure. The most common cause are drug reactions, especially paracetamol overdose. Understanding the mechanisms of liver injury and regeneration will hopefully allow better treatments of this devastating condition.

Research Overview

Clinical and laboratory based studies into liver injury and regeneration.

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Biographical Profile

Qualified University of Dundee 1983, trained in liver disease, MRC, Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park, London; Liver Unit Kings College, London; University of Michigan USA and Edinburgh. Honorary Consultant Physician in Scottish Liver Transplant unit, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

Sources of Funding

More information on funding at Ken Simpson's Research Explorer profile