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

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Message from President of APASL2015

Dear, Colleagues

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.

Scientific level of APASL conferences has been improving progressively year by year increased number of submitted presentations and postgraduates courses. The official journal of APASL, Hepatology International is growing rapidly with great efforts by editors, Prof. Masao Omata and Prof. Shiv Sarin, although it was launched only 5 years ago. I believe that this conference will represent the challenge the development of the basic studies as well as clinical researches of Hepatology.

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.

During its long history, Istanbul has served as the Capital of the Roman Empire (330–395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). Located in the center of the old world, this exotic city is famous for its historical monuments and scenic views. It is the only city in the world which spreads over two continents: Asia and Europe which are separated by a narrow strait - the Bosphorus.

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.

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

Message from Organizer of APASL STC 2015 in Armenia

Dear, Colleagues

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a great honor and pleasure for me to invite you to the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) Single Topic Conference (STC) on HBV in Armenia. The conference will be held in October 3-5, 2015, in Yerevan. This is the first time than an APASL event will take place in this new region.

The conference will focus on all aspects of the management of Hepatitis B Viral Infection and will include the important topics of epidemiology, virology and immunology of HBV Infection as well as optimal current and future treatment approaches for patients with HBV Infection. It will be one of the sequential APASL conferences on HBV with the aim to invite all experts in the field from the different regions of the world, to present the latest research and clinical data. The Scientific program of the conference is supported by a key international advisory group.

Yerevan is regenerated community based on ancient city Erebuni which was founded by Urartian King Argishti I (r. ca. 785–753 BC) in 782 BC. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Arax River. Yerevan is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. The city is home to dozens of museums, art galleries, and libraries as well as to the largest Armenian Church in the world, the Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, opened in 2001 when the entire Armenian nation had celebrated the 1700th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Church and the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. Yerevan is as old as its traditions and culture.

Yerevan is also famous for its Brandy (Cognac) where there is a leading Brandy Company with its main brand name “Ararat”. Our guests will enjoy Armenian cuisine as well as the cuisine of other countries in the finest restaurants and cafes. There is a large exhibition market next to The Republic Square where you can buy Armenian national souvenirs, handcrafts, clothes and accessories. October is the best season to visit Armenia. The weather is mild; it is warm and mostly sunny. It is called “gold” season with its beautiful autumn shades so called Saryan’s colors. There are many Public Holidays in October. The main is Erebuni-Yerevan which is an event dedicated to the capital of Armenia.

We hope you will enjoy this conference as well as your stay in Armenia, the country with an extensive and rich history, culture and amazing traditions and hospitality.

We are looking forward to see you in Armenia.

With kindest regards

Dr. Hasmik
The President of APASL STC 2015 in Armenia

Date: October 3-5, 2015
City: Yerevan, Armenia
Chairman: Dr. Hasmik Ghazinyan

Updated Information of APASL 2015 in Istanbul

APASL Future STCs in 2015

In 2015, we APASL will have following single topic conferences.

APASL STC on HCV in India

Date: August 21-23, 2015
City: New Delhi, India
Conference Patron: Dr. S K Sarin
Conference Chairman: Dr. B C Sharma
Conference Secretary: Dr. Manoj Kumar
APASL STC on HCV in Taiwan
Date: June 10-12, 2016
City: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Venue: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
President: Prof. Wan-Long Chuang
Website: To be announced.

APASL Future Annual Meetings

2016 APASL Annual Meeting: City: Tokyo, Japan

2017 APASL Annual Meeting: City: Guangzhou, China

2018 APASL Annual Meeting: City: New Delhi, India

Please visit APASL2016 website!

Important Dates of APASL2016
On-line registration opens: April 1, 2015
On-line abstract submission opens: April 20, 2015
Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 30, 2015
Close of early bird registration: November 30, 2015

SNS of APASL2016
The Social Network Services of APASL2016 have been opened.
Please check the latest news of APASL2016 through the following pages.

Fellowship Program

It is our pleasure to inform you that we have elected a 2014 fellow successfully and now we are in preparation phase to offer the fellow the best placement for pursuing his career.

The objective of the fellowship is to foster career development by encouraging the beneficial experience of working in a different clinical or research environment in another country in the Asia-Pacific region. These fellowships provide for advanced training in health and medical research in any country in the Asia-Pacific region and enable fellows to work in a clinical environment or on a research project with nominated advisers. We appreciate your generous contributions and support for these APASL fellowships and look forward to a number of high-quality applications for a 2015 fellowship.

An application form can be downloaded by clicking here: fill in and send to the APASL secretariat ( We are looking forward to receiving your application.

There are no restrictions based on nationality. The sponsoring institution with the academic environment to provide adequate support for the proposed project might be suggested by APASL.

Application will be reviewed by APASL Committee members. The decisions of the Committee are final and not subject to appeal.