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Harry Antoniades: researcher who saw liver disease as “a burning problem”

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 17 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2165
  1. Penny Warren
  1. London, UK
  1. penny.warren{at}
Credit: Rebecca Bowen

For Harry Antoniades, a doctor with exceptional ability and drive, liver disease was “a burning problem.” He took a “bench to bedside” approach to it, working tirelessly to research its mechanisms in the laboratory and translate his findings into better patient care. In a career that was all too short, he managed to make important discoveries about the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the liver. He set in train vital research that will be carried forward by his team.

Early days

Antoniades was born in London on 15 June 1974. His father—also a doctor—was Greek, and his mother was British. When he was a toddler, the family relocated to Athens, where he grew up with his two sisters. As well as doing well at school, he enjoyed sport, excelling at running.

Family continued to be important to Antoniades, and he made trips back to …

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