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

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Message from Secretary General-cum-Treasurer of APASL

Dear, Colleagues

I would like to thank all of the APASL members for their continuous support for APASL.

It has been a great opportunity to work for APASL as Secretary General-cum-Treasurer. I am committed to work with full responsibility and devotion to meet the challenges for future development and progress of our association. Since 1978, APASL has grown in all the fields including scientific, educational, training and communication and has become a leading society in the field of hepatology.

Last executive council and steering committee meetings were held in Istanbul during APASL 2015 Annual Meeting. The consensus of future APASL was actively discussed. The decisions were taken for future annual APASL meetings, single topic conferences, educational and training programs, for training young APASL members, APASL fellowship, further improvements in publications of APASL journal “Hepatology International” and policies on making guidelines for diagnosis and management of common liver diseases in Asia. New EC members were selected and terms of previous EC members were renewed. Also the lists of APASL STCs to be held in 2016 and 2017 were finalized.

All EC and SC members congratulated Dr A Kadir Dokmeci on his great success in organizing excellent APASL 2015 Annual Meeting which had more than 4500 registered delegates and 1300 abstracts presentations. Progress reports of STC on HCV in 2015 in New Delhi, India, STC on HBV in 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia and APASL 2016 Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan were presented including informations on venues, organizing committees, scientific programs, registration fee, budget, accommodation, important dates, invited speakers, abstract submissions, awards and travel bursaries. Excellent progress in organization of these meetings was noted.

The chairpersons or members of committees including education committee, scientific progress committee, guidelines committee, public health committee and international liaison committee explained current situations and progress of their respective committees.

The importance of activity of various APASL committees is confirmed as the base of APASL development. Especially, the importance of education and training of young APASL members is raised and decided to be strengthened and supported urgently.

It is also felt essential to have mutually respective correlation with other Liver Societies such as AASLD and EASL.

APASL has started many training and educational programs like “APASL School of Hepatology” in India, “APASL College of Hepatology” in China which offer skills and training opportunities to young faculty, students and senior physicians covering advanced aspects in hepatobiliary medicine and surgery and enhance their skills with new data, technologies and strategies.

As a society also we need to grow and should encourage our colleagues and fellows to join and become APASL members. We should tell them about the privileges of becoming an APASL member, such as reduced registration fee for annual and single topic conferences organized by APASL, to receive publications, communications and proceedings of the APASL, to be eligible for president of the annual, single topic conference and APASL endorsed national meetings and to have on line access to Hepatology International, the official journal of APASL. “Hepatology International”, our society’s official journal, has achieved a very good impact factor in a short time. The Hepatology International has been accepted by Medline for indexing and all the papers will get cited on PubMed. The essential role of publishing our journal “Hepatology International” and making guidelines fitting to APASL members is also recognized because APASL cover the wide range of regions and having various economic and political situations.

Developing guidelines looking into global and regional needs is an important activity of our Association. We are awaiting the new APASL guidelines on Hepatitis B, C and other areas. We would welcome suggestions and new initiatives from our members in this regard.

I wish to have your understanding and cooperation.

April 2015
B. C. Sharma
Secretary General-cum-Treasurer of APASL

Our Journal is Now on Medline!!

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 soon all the papers will start getting 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. The currently published papers can be expected to start appearing on PubMed in 2-3 months’ time. This will follow with all the papers published in the past that already aren’t on PubMed getting cited. We will keep you updated on the timelines.

Special Issue on Experimental Models of Liver Injury in Mice in Laboratory Animals

Dear, Colleagues,

We would like to announce you that we have published a Special Issue on Experimental Models of Liver Injury in Mice in Laboratory Animals.

Laboratory Animals is the Official Journal of AFSTAL, ESLAV, FELASA, GV-SOLAS, ILAF, LASA, NVP, SECAL, SGV and SPCAL. All these Associations have exceptional high reputation in the field of Animals Science and Welfare.

I have set up this Special Issue with my colleague Professor René H. Tolba, who is the President of the German Society of Laboratory Animals and expert for developing educational media for Laboratory Animal Research.

The aim of our initiative was to develop standardized operation procedures (SOPs) and a comprehensive framework for several disease models in mice that are commonly used in experimental and molecular hepatology. We ended up with detailed surgical protocols (bile duct ligation, partial hepatectormy), protocols for the application of several hepatotoxins (carbon tetrachloride, concanavalin A, thioacetamide, acetaminophen, LPS) dietary models (MCD, Lieber,deCarli, HFD, alcohol etc.) as well as a detailed DEN protocol for induction of HCC.

The rationale of our initiative was to contribute to the implementation of the new EU Directive 2010/63. In Germany (and in all other countries of the EU) it will be nearly impossible to perform animal experimentation in future without having these SOPs.

The link of this Special Issue can found at:

I am sure that the notice of our Special Issue will be interesting to all readers working in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and to foster the general discussion about the new animal welfare rules not only in Europe but also in Asia.


Ralf Weiskirchen
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Weiskirchen
Institut für Molekulare Pathobiochemie,
Experimentelle Gentherapie und Klinische Chemie
RWTH Universitätsklinikum Aachen
Pauwelsstr. 30
D-52074 Aachen

APASL2016 Tokyo

Conference Information Scientific Program Registration

*** Registration and Abstract Submission now Available! ***

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

Please visit APASL2016 website at

Online Registration is available now from April 1, 2015! Please Register by November 30, 2015 to take advantage of reduced fees! We look forward to welcoming you in Tokyo in February 2016.

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.

APASL Future Meetings

We APASL will hold following conferences in the future!

APASL STC on HBV in Armenia

Date: October 3-5, 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 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

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.