Ferroportin Disease

First project: the natural history of ferroportin disease.

Background & Aims

We aim to elucidate the clinical presentation and risk of ferroportin disease and other iron overload disorders.

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Do you have data of patients with ferroportin disease?


Effortless data collection.


Prospective and retrospective assessment of disease prognosis and currently used treatment strategies for iron storage diseases.
Hemochromatosis Ferroportin Disease Acoeruloplasminemia

Retrospective assessment aims at determining disease prognosis and collect information on currently used treatment strategies for the different entities. The prospective study design aims at understand the epidemiology of these conditions and at collecting prospective data on disease prognosis and compilcations.


What is the clinical presentation of non-HFE associated hepatic iron overload diseases (non HFE hemochromatosis, ferroportin disease and acoeruloplasminemia)?


What is the risk of developing hepatic and non-hepatic complications (heart disease, arthropathy, diabetes, hypogonadism etc.) in non-HFE associated hepatic iron overload diseases over time?


How do initial diagnosis, staging and follow up differ in patients with HFE and non HFE associated hemochromatosis?


Which treatment strategies are used in non-HFE associated hepatic iron overload diseases and does treatment affect disease course?


What is genetic architecture of non-HFE associated hepatic iron overload diseases (i.e. what is the clinical significance of specific mutations)?

Genetic testing

When is genetic testing beyond HFE genotyping recommended and what are the implications of test results for disease management?


The projct is suported by an EASL registry grant.

Heinz Zoller

Principal investigator
Heinz Zoller is a Consultant Hepatologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Hospital of Innsbruck. He is coauthor of EASL’s clinical practice guidelines on hemochromatosis and a international recognized export on iron metabolism.

Benedikt Schaefer

Benedikt Schaefer is a resident doctor and Phd student at the University Hospital of Innsbruck with a research focus in iron metabolism.

André Viveiros


Armin Finkenstedt


Florian Kronenberg


Lukas Forer

Computer Scientist

Hansi Weissensteiner

Computer Scientist

Sebastian Schönherr

Computer Scientist

Hal Drakesmith

Secretary of the European Iron Club
Hal Drakesmith is an Associate Professor of Immunology at the Beit Memorial Trust for Medical Research Fellow and secretary of the European Iron Club.

Many more…

So far, a consortium of 29 collaborators from 17 different institutions are involved in the project.