Science Café Cleveland presents


"Liver or leave'er: how to pull the switch when things aren't working out"


JUNE 13, 2011




John Fung, MD, PhD

(Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation)




Lisa Yerian, MD

(Director of Hepatobiliary Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation)




The liver is the most complex organ in the body, serving multiple functions, from processing and packaging of nutrients absorbed by the intestine for systemic use, to detoxifying the blood of harmful products absorbed from the intestinal tract, to synthesizing hormones for maintainence of bodily functions, to production of proteins that regulate transport of byproducts and proteins throughout the blood, to excretion of breakdown products from the body, to regulation of the immune system and as storage for vitamin A and high energy substrates.  Thus alterations in liver function, due to inherited diseases, to toxin exposure or viral hepatitis, or from autoimmune disorders, can lead derangements in some or all of these processes.


Drs. John Fung and Lisa Yerian are specialists in liver diseases, Dr. Fung a liver surgeon who conducts research in liver immunology and Dr. Yerian a liver pathologist who studies the cause of liver disease and specializes in liver transplant pathology.  They will provide an overview of the liver in health and disease and will focus on the process of liver transplantation.




WHERE: The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

(Located at 2701 Carroll Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)


WHEN: June 13, 2011

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



click here to download a pdf of the event flyer