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

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Message from the Organizer of APASL STC 2015 in India

December 18-20, 2015, New Delhi

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to November 15, 2015!

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to the “Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver - Single Theme Conference” being held from December 18th-20th, 2015, at New Delhi, India. The theme of the conference is"HCV Infection and Disease”. In addition there would be a Post-graduate course on Recent Advances in Liver Diseases.

The scientific knowledge on Hepatitis C is expanding very rapidly with the possibility of curing this infection in majority of thepatients. Advances in our understanding of the molecular biology, pathogenesis and immunology of HCV has led to emergence of new and potent therapies; such as Direct Acting Antivirals (DAAs), host targeting antivirals and nucleic acid based therapeutics.

The conference program will have high quality content with maximum up-to-date information and lectures and debates and workshops by eminent researchers.

At this interactive meeting, you will learn about most recent concepts related toHCV infection and diseasefrom the global experts. Difficult-to-treat case scenarios such as patients with HIV or HBV co-infection, patients on renal dialysis, post-transplant patients, and patients with advanced cirrhosis, Liver cancer and access to new antiviral drugs would be discussed in separate theme sessions.
A pre-conference"Post-graduate course on Recent Advances in Liver Diseases"would cover advances in liver diseases in 2015 relating to a wide range of topics including liver transplantation, Portal Hypertension, cellular and regenerative therapies, , noninvasive markers of fat and fibrosis, advances in hepatitis B, albumin dialysis and many others.

The conference aims to raise awareness of the current status and future prospects of HCV infection and other liver diseases and to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various institutions, academics, companies, associations, non-profit organizations, and other related sectors, in the Asian Pacific region.

As more than 1500 delegates and 100 faculty of experts from all over the world, are expected to attend this conference, we are sure that this is the perfect opportunity for all of us to share our views, values, experiences and practices regarding liver diseases and HCV infection in particular.

We are delighted to welcome you to the cultural, historical and scenic metropolis of Delhi. New Delhi is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading value for money conference destination. India is a safe, stable and friendly country. With its multi cultural, 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 scientific standards.

We are looking forward to your abstract submission, registration and welcoming you to Delhi, India.

With warmest regards,

Manoj Kumar Sharma, Organizing Secretary

Barjesh Sharma, President

APASL STC on HCV 18-20 Dec 2015, New Delhi

For more information, please visit APASL STC 2015 Website at

APASL STC on HBV in Armenia was successfully held!

APASL STC 2015 on HBV in Armenia has been successfully held on October 3-5 in Yerevan. Thank you very much for the participation and cooperation!

APASL2016 Tokyo

*** Abstract Submission for APASL 2016 ***

Late Breaking Abstract will be available!

during December 1 -20, 2015

It will give you the last chance for abstract submission to APASL 2016!

Conference Information Scientific Program Registration

For more information, please visit APASL 2016 Website at

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.

Please Join!
Japanese Tradition in Tokyo.

APASL Future Single Topic Conferences

We APASL will hold following Single Topic Conferences in the future.

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 Cirrhotic Complications in Korea

Date: April 8-10, 2016
City: Busan, Korea
Venue: Paradise Hotel Busan
President: Dr. Kwang-Hyub Han
APASL STC on HCV in Taiwan

Date: June 10-12, 2016
City: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Venue: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
President: Dr. Wan-Long Chuang
APASL STC on Non-Responders in Turkey

Date: October 13-15, 2016
City: Istanbul, Turkey
President: Dr. Necati Ormeci

Message from the Organizer of APASL STC 2016 in Turkey

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to invite you to the single topic conference on non responders that will be held in Istanbul on 13 to 15 October 2016. Such problems as the exposure of patients to cirrhosis of the liver, and its complications due to the unresponsiveness of chronic hepatitis B, C, and delta infections, to the current treatments; the development of hepatocellular carcinoma; and recurrence of infections following liver transplantation continue to be challenging issues in today’s world. New research with respect to patients with chronic hepatitis and who do not respond, specifically to the treatments specified in the treatment guidelines, will be presented, and interactive discussions will be held with the world’s opinion leaders on hepatology.

At the same time, the similarities and differences (if any) in terms of treatment between the East and the West will be debated. In particular, the steadily increasing trends in cirrhosis of the liver and hepatocellular cancer rates dependent on the unresponsiveness of the hepatitis C virus, between 2020-2030, will be confronted. For this reason, the treatment of compensated and/or decompensated cirrhosis of the liver being unresponsive or partially responsive to previous treatments or those developing dependent on relapses following treatment will continue to be a globally significant health problem.

Following the discovery of the Neolithic settlement during excavations in Yenikapı (the ancient port of Theodosius) it is now understood that the origins of Istanbul date back at least 8,500 years. The city of Istanbul was known as Byzantium by the Greeks in 700 BCE; as Constantinople it was the capital of the Roman and Eastern Roman Empires. Following the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Empire in 1453, the city remained the capital of the Ottoman Empire for almost five centuries, and was known to the Turks as Istanbul.

Among the most important monuments defining the culture and identity of the city are, the Hippodrome, the Basilica Cistern and the Column of Constantine date, which date from Roman times. Then there is the Galata Tower but by the Genoese, and of course, Haghia Sophia, which still stands as the most important testament to the Byzantine age in the world after 1500 years. Then there are the Ottoman buildings, such as the Topkapı Palace, for centuries the residence of the Ottoman sultans and the administrative center, together with more than 80 museums and 9 other Ottoman palaces. The Sultanahmet Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque and superb examples of Ottoman religious architecture and the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market (Kapalıçarşı and Mısır Çarşısı), both still going strong today, continue the commercial tradition, for which Istanbul is so famous.

Istanbul’s cultural heritage has given the city international importance: in 2010 it was the European Capital of Culture and it is now included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. With its historical and natural beauties, bridges and underwater tunnel connecting the Asian and European continents, Istanbul shines like pearl on the Bosphorus.

Its ancient history and five centuries as the capital of the Ottoman Empire mean that alongside its own cultural wealth and culinary diversity, Istanbul embraces the illustrious cuisines of Asia, Europe and Africa. Turkish cuisine, now only second to Chinese in terms of popularity, celebrates its huge range of dishes, amazingly there are more than 400 varieties of dessert alone, and all of them are distinctive and delicious.

I would like to conclude by saying how I will be more than pleased to be your host you in Istanbul, offering you the finest Traditional Ottoman Hospitality on the occasion of this scientifically rich program.

Kind regards,

Prof Dr Necati Örmeci.

President of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology and Single Topic Conference, 2016.

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.