Research into the basic science and translational aspects of human liver disease is a strong focus at the University of Birmingham. Between 2008 and 2017 the Centre for Liver Research was supported by  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit funding.  In 2017 the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust & University of Birmingham partnership was  awarded a further 5 years (2017-2022) of NIHR Biomedical Research Centre funding. The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre specialises in translational research into chronic inflammatory diseases.