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The Unique Symbolisms Behind Liver Surgery Research Heidelberg's Logo

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

Heidelberg, Germany – Liver Surgery Research Heidelberg (LSRHD) is a research group located at Ruprecht Karl University (Heidelberg University), Heidelberg, Germany. 

Liver Surgery Research Heidelberg focuses its investigations on liver regeneration after hepatectomy (liver resection) and post-hepatectomy liver failure, HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma) development and treatment (particularly in the context of MAFLD [metabolically associated fatty liver disease]), and rare liver lesions and diseases.

Recently, LSRHD has been implementing strategies to better communicate the group’s groundbreaking research and achievements to invested parties and the public. This includes employing social media communication channels and publishing a website dedicated solely to the research group and their research initiatives. 

As part of this communication overhaul, LSRHD has introduced a logo, designed by Irina Titkova, PhD, that is unique to Liver Surgery Research Heidelberg. This new logo consists of a circular band that encases two hands cradling a liver with a hepatocyte at its center. Each of these elements has deep symbolic meaning to LSRHD’s research focus and methods. 

The circular band that holds the logo together signifies the remarkable ability of the liver to regenerate after injury. It is also symbolic of one’s view while looking through a microscope at a liver tissue sample. This not only references LSRHD’s lab applications, but how the group meticulously analyzes data in its exploration for answers to questions in their focus areas of liver health and regeneration after surgery.

The teal hands cradling the liver symbolize the gloved hands of a surgeon. This represents the clinical aspects and implications of LSRHD’s research, which centers on treatment with care.

In the center, the focal point of the logo and representative of the core of LSRHD’s research, is an image of the liver. This encompasses their focus areas of liver regeneration after hepatectomy and post-hepatectomy liver failure, HCC development and treatment, and rare liver lesions and diseases.

Inside the liver, the eye is drawn to a hexagon with a circle at its center. This is symbolic of a hepatocyte. Hepatocytes are the major parenchymal cells of the liver. They are essential in metabolism, detoxification, and protein synthesis of liver cells. Additionally, hepatocytes stimulate innate immunity to counter invasive microorganisms by producing innate immunity proteins. This symbol references the analytical approach to the research LSRHD performs.

The two hands and the liver, united as one element, symbolize the research methods utilized by LSRHD. These methods include basic and clinical research as the two hands. The liver, uniting the two hands, represents the translational application to research. LSRHD seeks to view the full picture in its studies, as it pursues meaningful and applicable research outcomes that directly benefit human liver health and recovery.

Even the colors chosen for the logo carry some symbolism. The reddish-brown color not only is the color of the liver, but brown is often associated with reliability (the desired results of proper scientific research). The color teal, often used in surgery attire, is the color associated with renewal (think regeneration of the liver), healing, logic (a foundation for all research methods), and objectivity (how research must be conducted). The pink used in the outline for the hepatocyte symbolizes compassion (an emotion central to medical care).

Liver Surgery Research HD didn’t want just an average logo, lacking any real meaning, but sought out an emblem that, in its entirety, symbolically tells the audience what LSRHD does and represents. The logo designed for LSRHD most certainly achieved this goal in true artistic form.


A special thank you to Irina Titkova, PhD, for designing the Liver Surgery Research HD logo.

Dr. Irina Titkova may be contacted at:

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