The Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver [APASL]

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APASL Message from President of APASL

Dear Colleagues,
I am aware of the responsibility to hold the presidency of APASL for 1 year not only organizing the 24th APASL Annual Congress 2015 but also to progress our association.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is great honor for me to invite you to the 24th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL). The conference will take place in March 12 - 15, 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey that is the crossroad of many cultures. This is the first time for APASL annual conference will be held in far west of Asia. So it makes this conference more attractive not only for Asian – Pacific countries but also Middle East, European, African and even American countries.

I believe that this conference will represent the challenge the development of the basic studies as well as clinical researches of Hepatology. We planned high scientific level of program including state of art lectures, plenary sessions, symposiums and postgraduate courses. The faculty of this conference consist of very distinguished scientists from all over the world mainly from Asia Pacific countries.

Istanbul is very convenient for the transportation having direct flights from many destinations by different airlines as well Turkish Airline from all over the world. Also there are a lots of hotels closed to convention center.

Istanbul is adorned with the masterpieces of Turkish art, the great mosques of the Sultans that crown the hills. The city presents an exquisite, majestic and serene silhouette from all directions. The Golden Horn, which is a very secure natural harbor, has played a significant role in the development of the city. The historic city of Istanbul is situated on a peninsula flanked on three sides by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

Even if you spend only a short time in Istanbul, you can see much of this great heritage. Although renowned for its mystery and history, Istanbul is also a rapidly modernizing country with a prime location; one foot in Europe and one in the East. Thus Istanbul retains its fascinating differences, and its contradictions: mosques coexist with churches, and remnants of the Roman Empire still stand alongside ancient Hittite and Neolithic sites. Also you can enjoy taking pre and post congress tours.

We are looking forward to meeting you in this beautiful city in 2015.

Prof A. Kadir DOKMECI, MD
President of APASL

APASL 2014 in Brisbane was successfully held!

APASL 2014 was an outstanding success. Three thousand attendees, an excellent scientific program and outstanding presentations contributed to the success of this meeting. The theme of the meetings was a "New Era Begins". This meeting exemplified this new era in many ways. The increasing quality of the research presented at the meeting was widely recognized. Indeed the Research Workshop was said to be one of the best ever held by any global liver organization. The expanded focus on Public Health and the CEVHAP symposia were very well received and represent an important theme for APASL to pursue in the future. Of course, there was much attention on the new antiviral regimes that will alter the course of clinical hepatology so dramatically. The organizing committee and the GESA administration team did such a wonderful job to make this meeting run so smoothly. We look forward to APASL 2015 in Istanbul.

Prof. Darrell Crawford, President of APASL 2014

APASL 2014
12-15 March 2014
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

APASL 2015 in Istanbul


Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver and Turkish Society of Hepato-Bilio-Pancreatology are pleased to announce 24th Annual Meeting of Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL 2015) which will be held in İstanbul, Turkey on 12 - 15 March 2015.

Now the congress website, is ready!

You can find all details of APASL 2015 through the congress website.


Except the official congress website, you can also have a chance to follow and to be updated through social media by following official APASL 2015 Social Media accounts. APASL 2015 Official Facebook Page and Official Twitter account is ready. All participants and related parties can follow the official accounts to get updated easily.

APASL STCs in 2014

We APASL will host the following Single Topic Conferences this year.
We look forward to your participation in these events!


APASL STC on Liver Fibrosis in Egypt

Date: June 11-13, 2014

City: Cairo, Egypt

President: Dr. Gamal Shiha


Scientific Program (Click here!)

Consensus Meeting Program (Click here!)

Registration (Click here!)


APASL STC on HCV in Pakistan

Date: October 17-19, 2014

City: Karachi, Pakistan * The venue has been changed.

President: Dr. Zaigham Abbas


Message from Organizer

On behalf of organizing committee, we are delighted to extend our invitation to participate in “The APASL STC PAKISTAN 2014” which will be held from October 17-19, at the picturesque and safe environment of the Defense Authority Country and Golf Club, Karachi, Pakistan. The venue is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, and provides outstanding facilities for accommodation and conference venues. There is always the opportunity to take in a round of golf on a course which is considered to be one of the prettiest in Pakistan, with stunning views of the sea.

The theme of the conference is ‘Hepatitis C: Care & Cure’. The treatment of Hepatitis C is currently undergoing a revolution and the possibility of curing this infection in a large majority of patients is rapidly becoming a reality. The aim of this conference is to bring together leading national and international researchers and practitioners to present lectures, research papers and conduct workshops to disseminate the latest knowledge on prevention, care, and cure of hepatitis C to a wider medical and healthcare community.

We look forward to your participation in this important event at Karachi, the most vibrant city and economic hub of Pakistan. Please visit our website for details


APASL STC on HBV in China

Dates: December 12-14, 2014

City: Guangzhou, China

President: Dr. Jinlin Hou


Message from Organizer

The Conference You Must Attend in 2014

This is the only few International Conference with the focus on viral hepatitis B in 2014. The program will involve two tracks - Translational Medicine and Clinical Practice. Over hundred top experts in the field will be invited to provide a high standard and comprehensive program. Participants will also have a chance to have in-depth interaction with the editors of the major journals related to hepatology during the Special Course “Data Packaging and Publication: Asking the Editors” on 12 Dec.

Chance for Young Investigators in Asia Pacific Region

The abstract submission system will be opened on 30 Apr 2014. The oral and poster sessions will provide a chance to demonstrate your research findings to the world and ten young investigators will be chosen for “APASL Rising Star Presentation”. Various awards and grants will be provided to encourage research and assist participants to attend the conference.

A Platform for Co-operation and Sharing

Guangzhou is the largest city in Southern China, it is an international hub that connecting China and the World. We are expecting 2000 delegates from around the world attending this conference which is the excellent opportunity to link up Chinese doctors and the international colleagues. With the huge patient database and numerous health workers in China, we believe there will be clinical cases that you will feel interested in but hardly find from other places.

If you are the one working in the field related to hepatology, you should not miss this conference. See you in Guangzhou this December!

Prof. Jinlin Hou
Chairman, APASL STC - 4th HBV Conference

APASL Future Meetings

It was decided that APASL Annual Meetings and Single Topic Conferences will be held as follows.

Future APASL Annual Meetings:

2016 APASL Annual Meeting: Japan (Tokyo)
2017 APASL Annual Meeting: China (Guangzhou)
2018 APASL Annual Meeting: India (New Delhi)

Future STCs:

2015 APASL STC on “HCV”: India (New Delhi)

Further detail information will be announced through APASL website at

Education Program on Chronic Hepatitis Disease

The Education Program on Chronic Hepatitis Disease will be held in China and Indonesia. The program is scheduled from April to June, in 2014 and 2015. It is organized by APASL, Chinese Infectious Diseases and Hepatology Societies, and CMA. The sponsor will provide funding to support the travel and accommodation for 60 young doctors and researchers with recommendation from their supervisors.

Details of the Education Program on Chronic Hepatitis Disease in China can be downloaded by clicking below.