04 Nov. 2020

Schalk W. Van der Merwe

The role of tissue macrophages in the development and progression of liver disease
Hosted by Agustín Albillos

  • Wednesday, 04th
  • 16h

The role of tissue macrophages in the development and progression of liver disease.

One of the most exciting aspects that has accompanied the development of Hepatology is the strong relationship that exists between the patients’ clinical problems and the knowledge of basic mechanisms that lies behind liver diseases. Therefore, the interaction between basic researchers and clinicians is critical to provide a more effective approach in the management of liver disease, which nowadays represents one of the most challenging medical problems.

The LiverSeminars program is designed as a new educational initiative aimed at enhancing the translational research in the field of Hepatology in our country. For that, the LiverSeminars program will bring the most prestigious scientists in the field of Hepatology to interact with the research community of our territory. To this end, and thanks to the support from Gilead Sciences, CIBEREHD and AEEH, the Institutes of Biomedical Research IDIBAPS (Barcelona) and IiSGM (Madrid) join forces organizing this educational activity that takes place monthly in Barcelona and Madrid.

Since its inauguration, in September 2017, we hosted 19 eminent scientists that met with a variety of teams from different Spanish institutions, gave excellent seminars that are now available in this website, and importantly started new collaborations with local teams.

For the third edition of the program, which will start on December 2019, the LiverSeminars will be held in the auditoriums of IDIBAPS and IiSGM, with live broadcast to the Institution that does not host the expert that specific month. However, contact with the expert will not be limited just to the seminar: the program also seeks to create new scientific synergies; thus, each speaker will spend the whole day at the hosting Institution where he/she will have the opportunity to meet with local research teams. It is important to note that the program is completely open to researchers from any Spanish institute. Research groups (regardless of the center of origin) interested in meeting with the invited expert can request a slot time through our website. The auditoriums where the seminars will take place will be open to the entire research community of its geographical influence area. Finally, the recordings of the LiverSeminars will be available in this website, with open access to the entire Society.

We encourage you to discover in detail this new program by surfing on the website.

Kind regards,

Jordi Gracia and Rafael Bañares, scientific co-directors of the LiverSeminars Program

  • 9.00 - 10.00 h SLOT TIME ALREADY BOOKED Van der Merwe, Schalk Willem
  • 10.00 - 11.00 h SLOT TIME ALREADY BOOKED Van der Merwe, Schalk Willem
  • 11.00 - 12.00 h SLOT TIME ALREADY BOOKED Van der Merwe, Schalk Willem
  • 12.00 - 13.00 h SLOT TIME ALREADY BOOKED Van der Merwe, Schalk Willem

Schalk Willem Van der Merwe

Schalk van der Merwe is an associate professor of Medicine in the department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium since 2011. Prior to this he held the position of associate professor in the department of Immunology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he headed the Hepatology and GI-research laboratory. He obtained his medical degree, MBChB, from the University of Pretoria in 1991. He completed a recidency in Internal Medicine in 1997 and his fellowship in Gastroenterology in 2000. He obtained a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2005. In the laboratory he has focused on translational research in infectious disease and immunology related to the gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Since 2017 he heads the laboratory of Hepatology in the department of Chronic diseases, aging and metabolism (CHROMETA). He has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology including publications in Nature, Gastroenterology, PNAS, Gut, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology. He is ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals including GUT, Journal of Hepatology and ENDOSCOPY. As a hepatologist and interventional endoscopist his clinical interests center around the management of patients with liver disease including liver transplantation, as well as hepatobiliary interventions related to the liver, gallbladder and pancreas including advanced ERCP and therapeutic EUS.


Find below the video recording as soon as it is available.


The LiverSeminars Program is distributed along the 2019/2020 academic year. Find herein the upcoming seminars.


The LiverSeminars Program is possible thanks to the support from these private and public entities.