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Department of Internal Medicine III, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Michael Trauner, MD, received his medical education at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria, where he started his residency and fellowship in internal medicine in 1991. From 1994 to 1997 he was trained as an Erwin Schrödinger postdoctoral research fellow of the Austrian Science Foundation at Yale University’s Department of Internal Medicine and Liver Center in New Haven, USA, where he worked on the molecular alterations of hepatobiliary transport systems in cholestasis. After returning to Graz, he completed his training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology. He then established an internationally recognized research group in cholestatic and fatty liver diseases, and founded the Liver Center at the Medical University of Graz, serving as professor of experimental and clinical hepatology. Since 2010 he has been professor of gastroenterology and hepatology and chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of Vienna, where he is also division head of one of the largest clinical gastroenterology, endoscopy, and liver services in Europe.
Dr. Trauner’s main research interests are the molecular mechanisms of bile acid transport and signaling in cholestatic and fatty liver diseases, the mechanisms of cell injury in cholestatic and fatty liver disease, and the development of novel pharmacologic treatments for cholestatic and fatty liver diseases. He has published more than 560 peer-reviewed scientific papers listed in Pubmed (H-index 80), 45 book chapters and has edited 3 books. He has delivered more than 250 invited lectures at international scientific meetings, mainly on molecular and clinical aspects of cholestatic and metabolic liver diseases, and holds three patents on the treatment of cholestatic and metabolic liver diseases.
Dr. Trauner is past president of the Austrian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Academia Europaea, corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, , fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF) and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD), as well as member of several other national and international professional and scientific societies. He has served on editorial boards and scientific committees, such as the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Governing Board and the United European Gastroenterology Council. He has also served as associate editor of Journal of Hepatology (2000 – 2009, and since 2020) and Hepatology (2009-2021).