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  • Study: First-pass metabolism of alcohol occurs in women's stomachs

    Photo of the research team at the U. of I.: first author Neda Seyedsadjadi, Raul Alfaro Leiva, M. Yanina Pepino and Dr. Blair Rowitz

    Research by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign identifies the stomach, not the liver, as the site of alcohol first-pass metabolism in women who underwent sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The team, from left, postdoctoral fellow and first author Neda Seyedsadjadi; graduate student Raul Alfaro Leiva; M. Yanina Pepino, professor of food science and human nutrition; and Dr. Blair Rowitz, professor of nutritional sciences and the associate dean for clinical affairs at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s Note: To contact M. Yanina Pepino, call 217-300-2374; email

    The paper “Site of alcohol first-pass metabolism among women” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.3711