TYPE: Elective module
COORDINATOR: Maria Martell, PhD

The aim of this module is to know and understand the immunopathological basis of gastrointestinal diseases, the pathophysiology of the most relevant liver diseases and its complications, as well as to identify the biological markers and the current diagnostic methods and the approaches and research lines used to find solutions.



  1. The liver and chronic liver damage
  2. Complications of liver cirrhosis: ascites and hepatic encephalopathy
  3. Clinical overview of Viral Hepatitis
  4. HBV as an example of complex viral infection
  5. Non-alcoholic fatty  liver disease
  6. Liver tumors
  7. Animal models in liver diseases and experimental research lines


  1. Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract
  2. Intestinal barrier dysfunction in digestive diseases
  3. Diseases of the esophagus
  4. Design of methodological strategies for identifying pathophysiological mechanisms in gastrointestinal diseases
  5. Microscopic colitis
  6. Inflammatory bowel disease: Epidemiology, ethiopathogenesis and clinical presentation of ulcerative colitis and Crohn´s disease.
  7. H. pylori infection and related diseases
  8. Physiology of the gastrointestinal tract
  9. New advances in the pathophysiology of abdominal distension


Carmen Alonso Cotoner, MD PhD – carmen.alonso@vhir.org
Specialist physician in Digestive Departament. HUVH.
Principal Investigator in Physiology and Pathophysiology of Digestive Tract Research Group. VHIR.

Josep Quer Sivila, PhD - josep.quer@vhir.org
Principal Investigator in Liver Diseases Research Group. VHIR.

María Martell Pérez-Alcalde, PhD – maria.martell@vhir.org
Principal Investigator in Liver Diseases Research Group. VHIR.