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

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Message from President of APASL2016

Dear, Colleagues

It is a great honor to be a president of APASL for this year, and cordially invite you to the 25th APASL Annual Conference which will be held on February 20-24, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

APASL is one of the world’s three great liver societies along with AASLD and EASL. As the majority of global patients with liver disease are inhabitants of the region we represent, the Asia Pacific area, our role is to enhance the health of patients with liver disease by improving clinical practice through education and research.

APASL has a particular role to play in advocacy, such as to engage governments, international societies and other related associations to establish mutual programs that will reduce the diffusion of hepatitis viruses, properly diagnosis patients and increase the availability of therapies to treat liver diseases. On behalf of the APASL Steering Committee and Executive Council, I would like to ask all members to give their ideas and suggestions so that our advocacy will be achieved.

The quality of research into liver disease accomplished by members of APASL has soared rapidly in recent years. The Tokyo conference will capture this growth and will allow researchers to enhance their research productivity. As more than 4,000 delegates of experts from all over the world are expected to attend this largest Asian Pacific liver conference, this will be 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 (A, B, C, and E), Liver Cancer, NASH, Liver Failure and other topics.

We are delighted to welcome you to the cultural, historical and scenic metropolis of Tokyo.

With warmest regards,

Osamu Yokosuka, MD., PhD.
President, The 25th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver
Professor of Gastroenterology and Nephrology, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine

Conference Information Scientific Program Registration

*** Registration Starts on April 1, 2015 ! ***

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

Online Registration will open 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 visit APASL2016 website at

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

The APASL2016 organizer would like to say thank you to the following supporting scientific associations.

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. By making a little side trip, you can go to Hakone area where has lakes, mountains and a splendid view of Mt. Fuji.

Report from APASL2015 Istanbul

APASL 2015 Annual Conference has been successfully held on March 12-15 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey with more than 4500 participants!

*Further detail report will be announced later.

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
Chairman: 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

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.