The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) started out in April 1966 when a group of 70 hepatologists from 15 European countries gathered to share best medical practice and findings.
Nowadays, EASL is one of the biggest and most important European Associations dedicated to the liver and liver disease. It has over 4,000 international members and has set the basis for multiple international clinical trials and research collaborations that benefitted patients across the globe.
Annually, EASL is responsible for organising one of the biggest events in the field of liver and liver disease, The International Liver Congress (ILC), during which around 11,000 liver experts meet to discuss latest scientific research.
The ILC is held in April every year. In 2016, it took place in Barcelona, Spain while in 2017 it will be organised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, between 19-23 April 2017. Scientific and medical experts from many fields including hepatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, cell biology, transplant surgery, infectious diseases, and many more, gather from all around the world to attend this annual events and share learn about the latest discoveries in liver research.
The 2016 International Liver Congress Edition
In 2016, the International Liver Congress featured special sessions for Young Investigators and Nurses. The programme included: a post-graduate course on the management of liver tumours, a basic science seminar on the gut-liver axis, along with lectures on latest medical discoveries in the field, symposia, workshops and courses as well as forums.
The state-of-the-art lectures featured:
- Professor Fabien Zoulim, Medical Director, Hepatology Department, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Head of the Viral Hepatitis Laboratory, Cancer Research Center of Lyon, INSERM U1052 Professor of Medicine, Lyon I University, Lyon, France. His lecture was on a new treatment paradigm to cure chronic hepatitis B virus infections.
- Dr. Michael Karin, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, on how chronically damaged liver tissues undergo malignant conversion and give rise to hepatocellular carcinoma.
Additionally, to make it easier for attendees to select their sessions of interest based on scientific content as opposed to just the type of session to be held, the programme was organised around 6 main specialties: General Hepatology, Liver Tumours, Cholestatic & Autoimmune, Metabolic, Alcohol & Toxicity, Cirrhosis & Complications, Viral Hepatitis.
The 2017 International Liver Congress Edition
Attending the 2017 ILC event? The most important thing to keep in mind at this time are the following key dates:
- September 30th 2016: Opening of Registration & Abstract submission
- November 22nd 2016: Abstract Submission close
- December 31st 2016: The end of early fee registration
- February 2nd 2017: Abstract late breaker – submission opening
- February 222nd 2017: Abstract late breaker – submission closing
- February 24th 2017: The end of exhibition sales
- April 19th-23rd: Congress Dates
The 2017 programme will include: symposia, workshops, postgraduate courses, basic science seminar, forums, Young Investigator dedicated sessions, Nurse & Associates Forum, Abdominal Sonography Course
The International Liver Congress is an excellent opportunity for medical practitioners in the field of hepatology to exchange knowledge and expertise, get to meet internationally renowned professionals, expand their knowledge and learnings in hepatology while also staying updated on the innovations and advanced medical findings in everything related to the liver and liver disease.
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