Laurent Castera, MD, PhD

Castera, Laurent 2014_120Laurent Castera (MD, PhD) graduated from Paris Medical School in 1987 and received his Medical degree from the University of Paris-VI in 1993. He further completed his training in Hepatology as Assistant Professor in the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Paris-XI (Hôpital Bicêtre) until 1997. Then he spent three years as a research fellow working on hepatitis viruses resistance to antiviral therapy using a quasispecies approach, at the INSERM Unit 99 in the lab of Prof. Jean-Michel Pawlotsky (Hôpital Henri Mondor, Créteil) and earned his Doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Paris-XII in 2007. Meanwhile, he was appointed Médecin des Hôpitaux in 2001 and moved to the department of Hepatology & Gastroenterology of Bordeaux University Hospital where he developed novel approaches for the non-invasive evaluation of liver fibrosis, using transient elastography. In 2011, Dr Castera joined the department of Hepatology at the University of Paris-VII (Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy) to take the lead of the non-invasive methods and the HCC groups. He has published more than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals on non-invasive methods and viral hepatitis and also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Hepatology and Gut. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) from 2011 to 2013 and currently serves as Vice-Secretary of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) since 2013.