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About the Network
The Biliary Atresia Research Consortium (BARC) is a group of doctors, nurses, research coordinators and medical facilities in the U.S. working together to study infants with cholestasis (blockage of bile flow from the liver). Poor bile flow and buildup of substances in the liver can cause serious illness and lead to liver injury.
Liver disease in newborns is rare. In addition, there are not enough babies with cholestasis seen each year at a single pediatric liver center to adequately study the disease. Therefore the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a network of ten pediatric liver centers across the United States to study causes and improve the diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with cholestatic liver disease.
The centers that make up the BARC are:
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
St. Louis, Missouri
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Data Coordinating Center:
The University of Michigan
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