About us


Horia Ștefănescu, MD, PhD (since 2011) has collaborated on elaborating various publications in major scientific journals in the field of hepatology. His performance is reflected in the Hirsch Index (World of Science) of 15.

His scientific interest is a mix between clinical research and noninvasive diagnostic techniques, especially liver and spleen elastography or contrast enhanced ultrasonography. His main interests are alcoholic hepatitits, prediction of decompensating events in cirrhosis, portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Along with Dr Bogdan Procopet, he is the founder of the Students’ Scientific Circle, Liver Research Club, and currently is the mentor of the Liver Research Club NGO.

Horia Ștefănescu

Bogdan Procopet, MD, PhD (since 2012), is a lecturer at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Iuliu Hațieganu" Cluj-Napoca, Medicala III Department. He is an author of numerous publications in highly acclaimed scientific journals and currently has a Hirsch Index (World of Science) of 14.

His scientific interest is focused on advanced liver diseases (decompensated cirrhosis, variceal bleeding, infections in cirrhotic patients, cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic portal hypertension, vascular liver diseases). Along with Dr Horia Ștefănescu, he is the founder of the Students’ Scientific Circle, Liver Research Club, and currently is the mentor of the Liver Research Club NGO.

Bogdan Procopeț


Liver Research Club (LIREC) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that reunites people interested in the field of hepatology. LIREC was informally founded in 2016 as a Students’ Scientific Circle. Our organization was legally established in 2019 as an NGO and since, we have been conducted our activity by promoting interdisciplinary research and high quality patient care. 


We would have liked to say that we are as old as the Big Bang, but our history is really recent and our atom was born 3 years ago (but we have to say that are related to the primordial particles of the Big Bang). What is particular about this atom is that it has two nuclei, our enthusiast coordinators, Dr Horia Stefanescu and Dr Bogdan Procopet that provide high positive energy levels through protons and stability through neutrons. Orbiting around them, there are numerous electrons that are held together by the two nuclei. A short story about the life of the electrons: they are recruited to the atom through a complex grant writing training, namely GRAIL. As they advance their writing and research skills, they tend to advance on the orbitals, and take charge of departments of their own. The process is dynamic, as in an electron dance, and every electron is welcome to test if they can resist the electromagnetic forces of LiReC.

We are not a lonely atom and we obey the laws of chemistry to make covalent bonds with research teams in foreign countries. This way, we only get stronger and are able to create new chemical elements in the form of multicentric studies. 

Our ANatomic lesson is yet to be written and we invite you to become part of the expansion of our club!