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

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Message from Organizer of APASL STC 2015 in Armenia

Dear, Colleagues

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a great honor and pleasure for me to invite you to the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) Single Topic Conference (STC) on HBV in Armenia. The conference will be held in October 3-5, 2015, in Yerevan. This is the first time than an APASL event will take place in this new region.

The conference will focus on all aspects of the management of Hepatitis B Viral Infection and will include the important topics of epidemiology, virology and immunology of HBV Infection as well as optimal current and future treatment approaches for patients with HBV Infection. It will be one of the sequential APASL conferences on HBV with the aim to invite all experts in the field from the different regions of the world, to present the latest research and clinical data. The Scientific program of the conference is supported by a key international advisory group.

Yerevan is regenerated community based on ancient city Erebuni which was founded by Urartian King Argishti I (r. ca. 785–753 BC) in 782 BC. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Arax River. Yerevan is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. The city is home to dozens of museums, art galleries, and libraries as well as to the largest Armenian Church in the world, the Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, opened in 2001 when the entire Armenian nation had celebrated the 1700th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Church and the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. Yerevan is as old as its traditions and culture.

Yerevan is also famous for its Brandy (Cognac) where there is a leading Brandy Company with its main brand name “Ararat”. Our guests will enjoy Armenian cuisine as well as the cuisine of other countries in the finest restaurants and cafes. There is a large exhibition market next to The Republic Square where you can buy Armenian national souvenirs, handcrafts, clothes and accessories.

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.

October is the best season to visit Armenia. The weather is mild; it is warm and mostly sunny. It is called “gold” season with its beautiful autumn shades so called Saryan’s colors. There are many Public Holidays in October. The main is Erebuni-Yerevan which is an event dedicated to the capital of Armenia.

We hope you will enjoy this conference as well as your stay in Armenia, the country with an extensive and rich history, culture and amazing traditions and hospitality.
We are looking forward to see you in Armenia.

With kindest regards

Dr. Hasmik
The President of APASL STC 2015 in Armenia

<APASL STC on HBV in Armenia>

Date: October 3-5, 2015
City: Yerevan, Armenia
President: Dr. Hasmik Ghazinyan

APASL2016 Tokyo

Conference Information Scientific Program Registration

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

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 30, 2015
Close of early bird registration: November 30, 2015

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 visit APASL2016 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.

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.

Best of HCV from EASL2015

Expert faculty will discuss some of the HCV topics of highest interest from EASL this year’s International Liver Congress in Vienna, Austria. Please click following image to see the lectures.

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 Cirrhotic Complications in Busan
Date: April 8-10, 2016
City: Busan, Korea
Venue: Paradise Hotel Busan
President: Prof. Kwang-Hyub Han
Website: will be available soon.
APASL STC on HCV in Taiwan
Date: June 10-12, 2016
City: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Venue: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
President: Prof. Wan-Long Chuang

*Further information regarding future STCs will be announced as soon as possible.

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.