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

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Message from the Organizer of STC on HCV in Pakistan

The APASL Single Topic Conference on HCV will be held in Karachi, Pakistan on October 17-19 2014. Following is the message from the organizer.


APASL STC ‘Hepatitis C: Care and Cure’
October 17-19 2014, Karachi Pakistan

We are delighted to extend our invitation to participate in “The APASL STC PAKISTAN 2014” which will be held from October 17-19, at the Aga Khan University Hospital (Day 1) and the picturesque and safe environment of the Defense Authority Country and Golf Club, Karachi, Pakistan (Day 2 and 3).

The theme of the conference is ‘Hepatitis C: Care & Cure’. The treatment of Hepatitis C is currently undergoing a revolution and the possibility of curing this infection in a large majority of patients is rapidly becoming a reality. The aim of this conference is to bring together leading national and international researchers and experts to present lectures and research papers to disseminate the latest knowledge on prevention, care, and cure of hepatitis C to a wider medical and healthcare community.

On the Day 1, the morning sessions will be devoted to Postgraduate Course on “Diagnostics in Liver Disease”. In the afternoon, a symposium will be held “Toward Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: A Policy Dialogue”. This symposium will focus on bringing together all the major national and international stakeholders and potential partners in an effort to dialogue and determine what has been achieved so far towards control of HCV infection, identify what needs to be done to eliminate the transmission of HCV in our region, develop a national strategy for the most efficient and cost-effective use of potent anti-viral therapy for HCV and build international collaborations in achieving all the goals necessary to achieve eradication of HCV from our region. Speakers from APASL, World Health Organization, CEVHAP, World Hepatitis Alliance and representatives from the government will participate in this symposium.

Day 2 of the meeting will be devoted to the new advances in the treatment of hepatitis C and on Day 3 sessions will be on case vignettes, free papers, and HCV related hepatocellular carcinoma. Different aspects of management related to hepatitis C will be discussed in these sessions. This conference will provide an ideal forum to disseminate the latest developments in the field hepatitis C to our community of hepatologists, gastroenterologists, internists, family physicians, and students.

We look forward to your participation in this important event at Karachi, the most vibrant city and economic hub of 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. Please visit our website for details.

Dr. Wasim Jafri, Patron APASL STC
Dr. Saeed Hamid, President PSSLD
Dr. Zaigham Abbas, APASL STC

Updated Information of APASL STC on HCV in Pakistan

The treatment of hepatitis C is evolving rapidly. Interferon free all-oral treatment regimens are now finally available with impressive response rates and will change the landscape of HCV patient care. The forthcoming APASL STC on hepatitis will cover epidemiology, public health aspects of the disease and major developments surrounding the treatment of hepatitis C. The meeting will be held in Karachi, 17th to 19th October, 2014.

Postgraduate course on Day 1 will concentrate on diagnostics in the liver disease. Preventive aspects of hepatitis C will be discussed in a symposium where leaders from WHO, World Hepatitis Alliance, CEVHAP and APASL will throw light on hepatitis control programs in the region and policy making according to the WHO four strategic axes. The core meeting will discuss all oral interferon free regimens, their strengths and limitations and new treatment regimens under development. Treating HCV in resource limited environments and recent HCV treatment guidance and guidelines will also be presented. Attention will be paid to discuss ‘difficult to treat’ patients and special populations by case vignettes, symposia and state of the art lectures.

We look forward to your participation in this important event at Karachi, the most vibrant city and economic hub of Pakistan. Please visit our website

Updated Information of APASL 2015 in Istanbul

Report of World Hepatitis Day 2014

28th July 2014 was the 7th World Hepatitis Day, working in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Please find the reports to tell you what was going on this year from the following articles:


WHD 2014 Report by Taiwan

2014 World Hepatitis Day Activities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF)
- Hepatitis Centre, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital

As a passionate member of both World Hepatitis Alliance and Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), Taiwan Liver Research Foundation (TLRF) and her allies have successfully launched a series of initiatives for World Hepatitis Day (WHD) in July 2014. The activities aimed to raise disease awareness of hepatitis infection for the people in Taiwan. The main theme of 2014 WHD, “Think Again”, has been vigorously emphasized in major media of the public.

Please find more detail at:

WHD 2014 Report by Korea

KASL WHD Activity Report, September 2014


Raised disease awareness of viral hepatitis & delivered hope for defeating the disease through nationwide campaign and media activities that targets the whole nation (including public and viral hepatitis patients)

Overcome viral hepatitis

  • Recovering the Precious Liver Campaign: Provided medical checkup for relatively vulnerable groups
  • Visiting Smart Campaign for Liver Disease: Visited the real workplace and delivered on-site lecture on viral hepatitis
  • Hope Area Healing Concert : Edu-entertainment culture events for patients

Raise awareness about disease

  • Through various media channels, circulated key messages of 2014 World Hepatitis Day: Broadcasts / Newspapers/ Magazines / SNS / portal sites, and etc.

Please find more detail at:

APASL STC on HBV in China

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

APASL STC on HBV in China

Dates: December 12-14, 2014

City: Guangzhou, China

President: Dr. Jinlin Hou


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
Website: To be announced.
APASL STC on HBV in Armenia

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

APASL Future Annual Meetings

2016 APASL Annual Meeting:

Date: February 20-24, 2016
City: Tokyo, Japan
President: Dr. Osamu Yokosuka

2017 APASL Annual Meeting: City: Guangzhou, China

2018 APASL Annual Meeting: City: New Delhi, India

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.