According to the British Liver Trust, liver disease is on the rise. Since 1970, deaths due to liver disease have increased by 400%.
Worldwide, nearly a billion people have chronic liver disease, and approximately two million die from the illness globally every year. If the trend continues, we can expect this number to at least treble by 2050. Early detection is therefore crucial.
Liver biopsy is currently the 'gold standard' used to diagnose liver disease. However, this procedure is invasive and can cause significant complications. There can also be problems with sampling, due to the non-uniform distribution of liver disease.
Liver disease has a widespread effect not only on the patient, but also on wider society. Our work, which lays the foundation for the early detection of liver disease, holds the key to reversing the trend of increasing mortality rates caused by liver disease.