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

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Message from the Organizer of STC 2015 on HCV in India

The APASL Single Topic Conference on HCV will be held in August 2015 in New Delhi, India. Following is the message from the organizer.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

New and effective treatment options such as directly acting antivirals, host-targeting agents and immunotherapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis C are emerging rapidly and the possibility of curing this infection in a large majority of patients, including co-infected and post-renal and liver transplant patients, is rapidly becoming a reality.

This has been possible due to major advances in our understanding of the biology and immunology of HCV using animal models and in vitro culture systems.

Advances in pathobiology, fibrosis progression and regression, hepatocarcinogenesis and vaccine development have been spectacular.

Despite the advances, the availability and affordability of the treatment options for HCV in the Asian Pacific region remains a crucial issue.

These thematic areas would be discussed in detail at the STC on "Hepatitis C Virus Infection: New Insights in Pathogenesis and Management".

This special conference being held from August 21-23, 2015, at New Delhi aims to bring together the most distinguished faculty from Asia Pacific and around the world to discuss the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of HCVdisease.

At this event, new therapeutic options that can cure the vast majority of patients, newer advances in pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of HCV would be discussed.

These deliberations would help APASL to update treatment guidelines for the management of HCV infection.

New Delhi is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading value-for-money conference destinations. India is a safe, stable and friendly country.

With its multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious background, visitors with diverse cultures and religions will easily feel at home here.

The Local Organizing Committee is committed to hosting a memorable conference with the highest standards.

We look forward to your participation in this important event at New Delhi, the most vibrant city and economic hub of India.

Dr. S K Sarin - Conference Patron
Dr. B C Sharma - Conference Chairman
Dr. Manoj Kumar - Conference Secretary

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

The STC on Liver Fibrosis in Egypt was successfully held.

The APASL Single Topic Conference on Liver Fibrosis in Egypt (June 11-13, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt) has been successfully held!

Thank you very much for the large number of participation.

APASL STC on Liver Fibrosis in Egypt

Date: June 11-13, 2014
City: Cairo, Egypt

President: Dr. Gamal Shiha Website:

Latest Information of APASL 2015 in Istanbul


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 HCV in Pakistan

Date: October 17-19, 2014

City: Karachi, Pakistan

President: Dr. Zaigham Abbas


An invitation to attend APASL STC on HCV Karachi, October 17-19, 2014

It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to attend the 3rd APASL Single Topic Conference on Hepatitis C Virus infection.

The meeting 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.

Pakistan is a country, which has one of the highest prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the world.

This conference gives us an ideal forum from which to disseminate the latest developments in the field to the community of hepatologists, internists, family physicians, and students.

We are sure that deliberations made in this meeting would add great value to our existing knowledge and skills for the management of hepatitis C.

We therefore sincerely hope that you will be able to accept our invitation and look forward to welcoming you in Karachi at the STC.

The conference will be hosted by the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD), and the Organizing Committee will be happy to facilitate your visa, accommodation and travel arrangements. Please visit our website

With Best Regards,

Dr. Zaigham Abbas, President APASL STC

Dr. Saeed Hamid, President, PSSLD


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 was 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

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.

Educational Webcast

We would like to announce that the following webcasts have been uploaded at APASL education-webcast page.

Best of HCV from EASL 2014
Speaker Dr. Catherine Stedman

Best of HCV From AASLD 2013

International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers

Speaker Darrell Crawford, MD

APASL Future Meetings

2016 APASL Annual Meeting: City: Tokyo, Japan
Date: February 20-24, 2016 URL:

2017 APASL Annual Meeting: City: Guangzhou, China

2018 APASL Annual Meeting: New Delhi, India

Related Meetings

The EASL Special Conference: Optimal Management of Hepatitis B Virus Infection will be held on September 25-27, 2014 in Athens, Greece. For more information about the scientific program & registration process, please visit the official website at