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

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Message from Organizer of APASL 2016 in Tokyo

*** Abstract Submission for APASL 2016 is Now Available! ***

Deadline is Extended to October 31, 2015!

Please go to the Online Abstract Form at

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to the 25th Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL 2016) that will be held on February 20-24, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. We are delighted to welcome you to the cultural, historical and scenic metropolis of Tokyo.

Under the theme of “Modern Hepatology”, the conference program will perform high quality content with full of maximum up-to-date information and cutting edge lectures by eminent researchers, to show mature, time-honored, well-established explanation of Hepatology in order to reconfirm their significance by scientists and clinicians for the achievement of better both basic and clinical practice.

The conference aims to raise awareness of the current status and future prospects to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various institutions, academics, companies, associations, non-profit organizations, and other related sectors, in order to enhance communication and collaboration within all of us, to deliver mutual benefits to the people in the Asian Pacific region, where liver disease has been one of the most common and serious problems.

As more than 4,000 delegates of experts from all over the world, more than 60 countries are expected to attend this Asian Pacific’s largest liver conference, we are sure that this is the perfect opportunity for those of us in the Asian Pacific region to share state-of-the-art views, values, experiences and practices regarding liver diseases, such as Viral Hepatitis, Liver Cancer, NASH, Liver Failure and other topics.

We are now calling for free papers and the Online Abstract Form is available at

We are looking forward to your abstract submission, registration and welcoming you to Tokyo.

With warmest regards,

Osamu Yokosuka, MD., PhD.

President, The 25th Conference of the

Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver

Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Nephrology

Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine

APASL2016 Tokyo

Conference Information Scientific Program Registration

Abstract Submission and Early Bird Registration Now Available!

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 30, 2015 Extended to October 31, 2015
Close of early bird registration: November 30, 2015

Please Register by November 30, 2015 to take advantage of reduced fees! If you will submit abstract(s), you may submit your abstract first before registration, and complete registration by November 30, 2015.

Scientific Program
Feb 20 (Saturday) 2016 : Post Graduate Course
Feb 21 (Sunday) 2016 : Opening Ceremony / HCV Day
Feb 22 (Monday) 2016 : HBV Day
Feb 23 (Tuesday) 2016 : HCC / NASH Day
Feb 24 (Wednesday) 2016: NASH / Other Day / Closing Ceremony

For more information, please visit APASL 2016 Website at

Please also check the latest news of APASL 2016 through the SNSs of APASL 2016 at following pages.

Tokyo is a world-renowned metropolis and the center of Japan’s economy, politics, and culture. The city is keeping changing with newly opened high-profile spots and trends, and has so many aspects you can enjoy according to your taste.
Tokyo has many attractions and venues to entertain you. This city has beautifully blended ancient traditions and technologies, and wide range of unique venues for pre/post-convention programs are available from World Heritage sites such as the Imperial Palace to Tokyo Disney Resort. You can enjoy the mood of the old days it maintains in Asakusa area and state-of-the-art architectural structures such as Tokyo Sky Tree Tower as well. Tokyo has also many museums and galleries to satisfy your cultural interest.

Tokyo is a nature-rich place and you can find oasis to escape from the chaos aspects of the city for relaxing. It has, for example, a beautiful waterfront area, Odaiba, where is to be used for the site of 2020, Tokyo Olympic; the Yoyogi Park, near from Shibuya, a neighboring area of historical Meiji Jingu Shrine, for your relaxation with deep greenery. By making a little side trip, you can go to Hakone area where has lush greenery, lakes, mountains and a splendid view of Mt. Fuji.

Please Join!
Japanese Tradition in Tokyo.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government will offer the “Complimentary Hospitality Program” for the overseas delegates of APASL 2016. The cultural programs conducted in English gives you an opportunity to feel Japanese traditions. The programs are offered as complimentary basis for participants of APASL2016 and you can book these programs onsite* at the venue. More details will be coming soon at APASL2016 Website!

* Because the number of participants in this program is limited, application acceptance will close as soon as the limit is reached.

Deadline of Abstract Submission for APASL STC 2015 in India is extended!

Call for abstract for APASL STC on HCV in New Delhi!
The deadline is extended October 15

Dear Participant,

In continuation to our earlier invitation and subsequent reminders to submit abstracts for the upcoming APASL Single Theme Conference on HCV Infection and Diseases, scheduled for December 2015 in New Delhi, this is, yet again, an urgent reminder for submission of your abstract by October 15, 2015 positively.

Your timely submission of the abstract will ensure the release of the supplement of the abstracts for distribution at the time of the conference.

The requisite details and guidelines are already posted on the website ( for ready reference and guidance.

Kindly adhere to the guidelines and the deadline of abstract submission strictly by October 15, 2015.

Best wishes,

Conference Secretariat
APASL STC on HCV in India

Our Journal is Now on Medline!!

Our Journal is Now on Medline! And available to all APASL members!!

Dear APASL member

It is a matter of great satisfaction and joy to inform that the Hepatology International has been recently accepted by Medline for indexing, and all the papers published so far are now cited on PubMed. This has been a long standing requirement of the APASL members and the academic community of this journal, which has been fulfilled now.

Please log into the member site of APASL with your ID and Password, and reach the journal content through the hyperlink.

Prof. Shiv K Sarin / Prof. Masao Omata,
Chief in Editor, Hepatology International
Contact: APASL Secretariat-Tokyo
Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver [APASL]
Tel: +81-3-5312-7686 Fax: +81-3-5312-7687


The following guidelines are now free access on the journal website!

Vol 8; issue 4, October 2014 (

Guidelines: Acute-on-chronic liver failure:

consensus recommendations of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) 2014
Shiv Kumar Sarin, Chandan Kumar Kedarisetty, Zaigham Abbas…

World Hepatitis Day 2015

***** Report from Taiwan *****


Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF)

Liver Centre, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH)



The World Hepatitis Day (WHD) 2015 has taken place!

As a passionate member of The Coalition to Eradicate Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHEP), World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) and Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF) and her allies have launched a series of initiatives for World Hepatitis Day (WHD) in July 2015. The colorful activities aim to raise disease awareness of hepatitis infection for the people in Taiwan. The main theme of 2015 WHD, “Prevent Hepatitis: It' up to you”, has been vigorously emphasized in the major media of the public.

The more than 2 weeks event was projected and managed by Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF) and faculties of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH). The event was aimed to deliver and present several fundamental messages about WHD for hepatitis prevention. These key elements mainly focused on advocating awareness and providing scientific evidence regarding disease prevention to the public. With the tremendous and novel works by our staff and allies, we have successfully drawn much attention both from the officials and the public. We do hope and expect the amelioration of hepatitis epidemic in the near future with the solid collaborative construction from our global allies!

Best Wishes!

Prof. Wen-Yu Chang, President, Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Prof. Wan-Long Chuang, CEO, Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Prof. Ming-Lung Yu, Chief, Liver Centre, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

1 Advocacy via Dragon Boat Game
  • (1)Date: June 17th to 20th
  • (2)Venue: Lover River, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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  • (3)Participants: Two teams from the volunteers and staff of TLRF
  • (4)Aim of the activity:FB_IMG_1433753279105 The game is traditionally a focus of spot light in Taiwan during the summer season. We aimed to advocate the importance of keeping a healthy living style to our staff. Another major aim was to raise public awareness by advocating the importance of liver disease prevention. A3.JPG

  • (5)What we have achieved: It’s indeed a novel idea to advocate what we have been doing! TLRF won one gold medal and one silver medal during the game. Of note was that the advocacy of liver disease awareness has successfully gained many eyes during the game and the awarding ceremony. We also gained much more attention from the stakeholders and opinion leaders during the period.

Our great teams!
FB_IMG_1434853601473FB_IMG_1434558610498The competition is extremely exciting, even during night time!

2 Advocacy Press:

  • (1)Date: July 28th. 2015
  • (2)Venue: KMUH and Primary Health Center, Tzukuan District, Kaohsiung City
  • (3)Participants: The public and >10 journalists of major media in Taiwan
  • (4)The goal of the Press Event: The 2015 WHD slogan, “Prevent Hepatitis: It' up to you”, is the theme of the advocacy in this event. Professor Wan-Long Chuang explained to the media in detail in terms of the history, the implication and the strategies of WHD.
  • (5)What we have achieved: We have near 20 reports by the major media in our country, including radio, TV, newspapers, social media and magazines. The slogan of 2015 WHD has been continuously and actively shown on the major media.

Be sure to have a healthy liver and life!

3 Free Liver Diseases Screening:

  • (1)Date: July 25th to August 8th
  • (2)Venue: KMUH and other 3 affiliated Hospitals in metro- and suburban Kaohsiung city, 2 regional public hospitals and 5 Clinics in Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County and Pescadores in Southern Taiwan.
  • (3)Participants: The doctors, nurses and staff of KMUH as well as the volunteer workers of TLRF. The service is free to the public.
  • (4)The goal of the activity: It aimed to provide liver disease screening in our community since most of the hepatitis victims were asymptomatic.
  • (5)What we have achieved:What we have achieved: With the advocacy and broadcasting of media, amazingly more than 10,800 persons participated the screening within 2 weeks! The effort will be much beneficial to our community, particularly to those underprivileged. Of note we have advocated the importance of liver disease screening and prevention by showing a TV video made by our staff.

4 Exhibition of “Prevent Hepatitis in Our Community”

  • (1)Date: July 25th to August 8th
  • (2)Venue: Music Corner, KMUH, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • (3)Participants: The public
  • (4)The goal of the activity: To demonstrate and review the long-term achievement by KMUH and TLRF in terms of hepatitis prevention, education and research.
  • (5) What we have achieved: What we have achieved in the past 30 years has been displayed on interactive posters and videos. The patients’ stories and our efforts are excellent advocacy materials. In addition, the effort was further emphasized by providing free educational leaflets to the public. It’s estimated that more than 3,000 persons have participated the interactive works.

5. International Symposium on Future Hepatology

  • (1)Date: July 25th
  • (2)Venue: KMU
  • (3)Participants: The both distinguished domestic and international medical professionals, scholars, and experts who have common interests in the field of Hepatology.
  • (4)The goal of the activity: It aimed to be a platform for research sharing among professionals in liver diseases.
  • (5) What we have achieved: The main theme of the conference was future hepatology. It covered from the achievements and unmet needs of HBV and HCV control to the trend and therapeutic modalities for of NAFLD/NASH, as well as recent advance in regenerative medicine of hepatology. There were 4 distinguished foreign speakers and 4 academicians of Academia Formosa delivering speeches of expertise. More than 300 medical professionals participated the symposium.

APASL Future Meetings

We APASL will hold following conferences in the future!

APASL STC on HBV in Armenia

Date: October 3-6, 2015
City: Yerevan, Armenia
President: Dr. Hasmik Ghazinyan
APASL STC on HCV in India

Date: December 18-20, 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 Cirrhotic Complications in Korea

Date: April 8-10, 2016
City: Busan, Korea
Venue: Paradise Hotel Busan
President: Dr. Kwang-Hyub Han
APASL STC on HCV in Taiwan

Date: June 10-12, 2016
City: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Venue: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
President: Dr. Wan-Long Chuang

APASL Fellowship 2016

It is our pleasure to inform you that we have elected a 2015 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 2016 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.