Welcome Message.

Atsushi Tanaka, MD., PhD.
Atsushi Tanaka, MD., PhD.
President of APASL STC 2019 Tokyo on Liver Immunology and Genetics
Professor, Department of Medicine, Teikyo University School of Medicine

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Single Topic Conference (APASL STC), which will be held on April 18-20, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. We are delighted to welcome you to the attractive cosmopolitan city of Tokyo.

Progress of hepatology is remarkable worldwide, and of course in the Asia-Pacific region as well, thanks to the evolution of basic science, especially of genetics and immunology. Now we can easily find and enjoy the fruits of outstanding progression in every field of hepatology – HBV, HCV, HCC, autoimmune, and so on. Therefore, we definitely believe the time has come for APASL STC to take a panoramic perspective of hepatology not from a single disease-basis, but from a cross-sectorial footing. We should learn how genetics and immunology contribute to the understanding of etiology and development of novel treatments, and should overview which way and how to proceed from this day forward.

Thus, we have proposed this year’s theme of APASL STC 2019 Tokyo to be “Liver Immunology and Genetics”. The conference program will present high-quality content based on up-to-date information and cutting edge lectures by eminent researchers, in order to reconfirm the achievement of better basic and clinical practice from the view of Liver Immunology and Genetics.

The scientific program will consist of invited lectures, plenary sessions, symposia, and free papers on significant developments on the theme of “Liver Immunology and Genetics”. The program will also provide the latest information and fresh ideas for hepatologists.

The conference encourages the submission of abstracts on research for oral and poster presentations through the conference website: http://www.apaslstc2019tokyo.org/. We would appreciate your submission and anticipate a large number of entries, which will stimulate active discussions. We shall accept all categories of Hepatology abstracts, including case reports.

Approximately 1000 delegates of experts from all over the world are expected to attend this conference. We are sure that this will provide an excellent opportunity for those of us in the Asia-Pacific region to share the latest views, values, experience and practice, and greatly contribute to this field. We look forward to welcoming you in Tokyo.

With warmest regards,