Edoardo G. Giannini is a Full Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy. He received his MD degree at the University of Genoa, where he also obtained his PhD degree in clinical and experimental gastroenterology. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University, USA. His research interests are focused on liver diseases, and in particular the study of liver function, portal hypertension, and hepatocellular carcinoma. More recently, his research has been aimed at evaluating the pathophysiological and clinical aspects, and therapeutic options, of thrombocytopenia in patients affected by chronic liver disease. Dr Giannini has served as Secretary General of the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF) and as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Italian Foundation for Research in Hepatology (FIRE). He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and a Member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), and of the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). He is currently Associate Editor of Liver Cancer International and Digestive and Liver Diseases.
Stephen H. Caldwell is a Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. He is a graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and trained at the University of Virginia in Roanoke and Charlottesville and at the University of Miami in Miami, FL. Dr Caldwell is a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and a member of the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease. He maintains an active hepatology practice for both outpatient and inpatient care of liver disease and a vibrant hepatology research program at UVA. His research interests have focused on fatty liver, gastric varices management and coagulation issues in liver disease. He is a founding member since 2005 of the Coagulation in Liver Disease study group (www.coagulationinliverdisease.org).