Professor Jean-Francois Dufour studied mathematics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and received his medical degree from the Geneva Medical School. After training in internal medicine at the University Hospital Geneva and the University Hospital Berne, both in Switzerland, he joined the laboratory of Professor I. Arias at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied the effects of calcium signalling on bile canaliculus. He then returned to the clinic to complete a gastroenterology fellowship with Professor M. Kaplan at the New England Medical Center, also at Tufts University. In 1997, Professor Dufour established his own laboratory at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he is currently clinic director and full professor of Hepatology.
Professor Dufour is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Gastroenterology Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the Swiss Association for the Study of the Liver, the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie und Hepatologie. He is a founding member of the International Liver Cancer Association. He was member of governing board of EASL and is currently one of the 2 educational councelors of the board.
Professor Dufour has served as the primary investigator on multiple clinical studies, focusing on NASH and hepatocellular carcinoma. He is associate editor of the Journal of Hepatology, and was a member of the editorial board of Hepatology. Professor Dufour has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications.