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

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APASL STC 2017 in Mongolia

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of organizing committee of APASL-STC 2017, we would like to invite you to the 6th APASL-STC on HCV and Co-Infections will be held in on June 16-18 at Palace of Independence Conference Center, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Due to advances made in understanding of HCV and development of many all-oral DAAs in recent past, management strategies of HCV and co-infections are changing rapidly these days. There is growing need to share more information, provide training, and learn more about nature of HCV and co-infections both in the region and at the global level.

New research with respect to patients with mono and co-infections, disease progress, complications, basic science and current guidelines will be discussed with world opinion leaders in the field. The conference will also provide great opportunities to network decision makers, top scientists and hepatologists.

The meeting will be held in Ulaanbaatar, the modern capital of Mongolia, an ancient nomadic empire established by Huns and Chinggis Khaan.

We enthusiastically invite you to submit abstracts and join us in this conference as well as our beautiful country-Mongolia. This conference is jointly organized by Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver and Mongolian Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. We are looking forward to seeing you in Ulaanbaatar.

Sincerely yours,

President of the APASL-STC 2017, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Professor and Chairman

Department of Infectious Diseases.

Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences

President of the Mongolian Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

APASL STC on HCV and Co-Infection

Venue: Palace of Independence

Date: June 16-18, 2017


Online Registration:

Abstract submission:

APASL New Awards

APASL STC 2017 in Cairo

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted and honored to introduce you to the Single topic Conference on HCV (Real Life Experience) of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) which will be held at Intercontinental City Stars hotel Convention Center, on 6-8 September 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. We will bring together a distinguished faculty of renowned specialists from AsiaPacific and around the world to this conference.

After the two successful liver fibrosis STC meetings in Cairo on 2008 and 2014, the coming congress have been selected to focus on HCV and its remarkable fast progress in the new treatment modalities. Egyptians have the highest world prevalence of HCV of 14.7%. Luckily, we have the first world national program treating all our patients. It will be a good opportunity to discuss with the world experts in this field the results of their researches, and the real life results of different national protocols that are currently ongoing specially in the AsiaPacific region.

By reaching the date of the congress on September 2017, there will be more than one million Egyptian patients that have been cured from the virus using the currently available DAAs. The congress will provide an excellent opportunity to share and exchange experiences especially from the view of Asian Pacific countries regarding the latest scientific and evidence-based research results and recommendations to follow-up the cured patients, to treat their damaged liver cells, to dissolve their fibrous bands, to detect and treat early any rising liver cancers. These elements are essential to pave a way for better treatment of HCV patients not only in the AsiaPacific region but among the world.

We planned to have 1 day of post-graduate educational program as well as 2 days for the core of the meeting. The core program is to provide an overview of different aspects of HCV with the State-of-the Art Lectures on hot-off-the-press issues. Free papers and poster presentations is always the soul of the conference to share research findings and there will be several awards available for application aimed to support young scientists to attend the conference and encourage scientific research. We thus enthusiastically invite all of you to submit abstract and join us in this conference.

In addition to the scientific program, an interesting social program for the doctors and their companions have been well prepared. Visiting the historical parts of old Cairo, the Coptics and the Islamic heritage as well as the pyramids, the sphinx and the old Egyptian museum will be memorial time. Luckily enough by September 2017, the outstanding new-Egyptian cultural museum will have its doors opened to show the largest collections of the era of Pharos. For those who have been prepared to have available time, it will be an outstanding chance having one of two options. Either to visit the two beauty cities in the upper Egypt, Luxur and Aswan to see the Temples, or to travel to one of the resorts or diving places in the north cost or the red sea (Hurgada and Sharm ElSheikh) that have been recognised as one of the highly ranked places for leisure.

We are waiting meeting you in Cairo, Egypt on September 6-8, 2017

Best of our Greetings


President of the Congress


Vice-President of the Congress

APASL STC on HCV Treatment - The Real Life Results in Egypt

Date: September 6-8, 2017
City: Cairo, Egypt
President: Dr. Gamal Shiha



On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Single Topic Conference (APASL STC), which will be held on May 11-13, 2018 in Yokohama, Japan. We are delighted to welcome you to the beautiful, International city.

Under the theme of “HCC: Strategy in the New Era”, the conference program will present high-quality content based on up-to-date information and cutting edge lectures by eminent researchers, in order to reconfirm the achievement of better basic and clinical practice in the field of HCC.

The scientific program will consist of invited lectures, plenary sessions, symposia, and free papers on significant developments on the theme of “HCC: Strategy in the New Era”. The program will also provide the latest information and fresh ideas for hepatologists.

The conference encourages the submission of abstracts on research for oral and poster presentations through the conference website: We would appreciate your submission and anticipate a large number of entries, which will stimulate active discussions.

Approximately 1000 delegates of experts from all over the world are expected to attend this conference. We are sure that this will provide an excellent opportunity for those of us in the Asian Pacific region to share the latest views, values, experience and practice, and greatly contribute to this field.

We look forward to welcoming you in Yokohama.

With warmest regards,

Shuichiro Shiina, MD, PhD
President, APASL STC 2018 on HCC
Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Juntendo University

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Open: October 2, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 28, 2018

Abstract Submission for Free Paper will be available through online at from October 2018.
Presentation Style: Poster or Oral Presentation *Excellent papers will be awarded and selected for Oral presentation.

Yokohama, is the first harbor city introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. Since the time its port was opened, Yokohama has been vigorously acquiring new cultures and information from foreign countries and introducing to Japan our country’s first-time-ever things from food to a wide range of cultures, which entitles Yokohama as the birthplace of Japan’s modern culture. The Yokohama, referred to as “Hamakko” in Japanese, has been very cheerful at enjoying life and willing to adopt whatever is good. Such a tradition of the “Hamakkos” cultivated long ago has been incorporated into the present fashionable and sophisticated streetscape.

Future APASL Conferences

APASL 2018 Annual Meeting in India

Date: March 14-18, 2018
City: New Delhi, India
President: Dr. Barjesh C. Sharma

APASL 2019 Annual Meeting in Philippines

Date: February 20-24, 2019
City: Manila, Philippines
President: Dr. Diana A. Payawal

APASL STC on HCV and Coinfection in Mongolia

Date: June 16-18, 2017
City: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
President: Dr. Oidov Baatarkhuu

APASL STC on HCC in Japan

Date: May 11-13, 2018
City: Yokohama, Japan
President: Dr. Shuichiro Shiina

APASL STC HBV in Asia-Pacific in Taiwan

Date: June 22-24, 2018
City: Taipei, Taiwan
President: Dr. Rong-Nan Chien

APASL STC on HCV in Malaysia

Date: August 3-5, 2018
City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President: Dr. Rosmawati Mohamed

APASL Guidelines

Now the APASL Guidelines have been published in Hepatology International as follows!!!

APASL Guidelines for HBV (Hepatol Int (2016) 10:1–98)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for HCV -”APASL consensus statements and recommendation for hepatitis C prevention, epidemiology, and laboratory testing” (Hepatol Int (2016) 10:681–701)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for HCV -”APASL consensus statements and recommendation on treatment of hepatitis C” (Hepatol Int (2016) 10:702–726)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for HCC -”Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver consensus recommendations on hepatocellular carcinoma” (Hepatol Int 2010; 4: 439-474)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for Acute-on-chronic Liver Failure -”Acute-on-chronic liver failure: consensus recommendations of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) 2014” (Hepatol Int 2014; 8: 453-471)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for Fibrosis -”Liver fibrosis: consensus recommendations of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL)” (Hepatol Int 2009; 3: 323-333)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL consensus guidelines on invasive and non-invasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis a 2016 update (Hepatol Int (2017) 11:1–30)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for IPH -”Noncirrhotic portal fibrosis/idiopathic portal hypertension: APASL recommendations for diagnosis and treatment” (Hepatol Int 2007; 1: 398-413)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Guidelines for Variceal Bleeding -”Primary prophylaxis of gastroesophageal variceal bleeding: consensus recommendations of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver” (Hepatol Int 2008; 2: 429-439)

*This APASL Guideline can be downloaded by clicking below.

APASL Fellowship 2017

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 2017 fellowship.

An application form can be downloaded by clicking here: Please 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.