EASL’s International Liver Congress 2017 & What the 2016 Edition Looked Like

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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3 Must-See French Cities Except Paris

Not sure if it’s worth visiting France when you’ve already seen Paris? Actually, there are many amazing places to visit including natural attractions, sights, monuments, and beautiful cities. In that sense, we’ve put together a list of the 3 most enticing cities to visit in France. Paris in not on the list – not this time!


Marseille – France’s Oldest City

This port city situated in southern France was founded by the Marseille, Phoenicians in 600 B.C. and has been a crossroads of immigration and trade ever since. Marseille is actually France’s oldest city and the second largest after Paris. From ancient history and cultural diversity to gorgeous seaside scenery, everything in Marseille makes it a fascinating place to live in and visit.

Marseille, France panorama at night, the harbour.
Marseille, France panorama at night. The famous european harbour view on the Notre Dame de la Garde

Château d’If

The Château is a short ferry ride away from the port of Marseille. It is located on the Ile d’If in the Frioul Islands archipelago. Protected coves, blue waters, untouched beaches, sandy creeks, and impressive limestone cliffs make the Château utterly spectacular.

The Château was built by King François I in the 16th century to serve as a fortress. However, it was subsequently converted into a prison where, in the 17th century, Protestants were imprisoned en masse. The setting was also featured in Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo.


Musée d’Histoire de Marseille

Situated a few steps away from the Vieux Port, the Musée d’Histoire de Marseille tells the story of the city from its Gallo-Greek origins through the Middle Ages and up to the present day, through an extensive collection of historical artifacts covering 2,600 years of history. You can actually see there the hull of a ship of the 2nd century, which is claimed to be the best preserved item of a vessel from that period in the world.

The museum building opens onto the Jardin des Vestiges, an open-air museum where visitors can see the ruins of the ancient port of Massalia from dating back to the 3rd century BC.


Strasbourg – Home of the European Parliament

Strasbourg is situated in northeastern France and it is the capital city of the Alsace region. It’s home of the European Parliament and, because it is so close to the German border, it conveys a culture and architecture blending German and French influences. The city is crossed by the Ill River, which divides and surrounds the Grand Île (Big Island), which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.


Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Strasbourg is known for its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. The site of the cathedral was originally occupied by a Roman temple, then a Romanesque church built in 1015 and later destroyed by fire. The present cathedral was finished in 1284, but the spire was only standing in 1439.

Strasbourg’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame was damaged in 1870 and during World War II but has been carefully restored. The cathedral is well-known for its reddish colour given by the red Vosges sandstone from which it was built. Although it features a variety of architectural styles, the cathedral is considered to be a harmonious edifice, with fine sculptured portals. Some of its sculptures, together with vestiges from other old French churches, are exhibited in the Maison de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, next to the cathedral.


The European Parliament

The European Parliament Building can be easily recognized due to its glass façade. The building was finished in 1999 and it includes a 750 seat Chamber (the largest in Europe), 1,133 offices, work spaces and relaxation areas, as well as adjacent administrative services.

The best part is that visitors can sit in on monthly four-day plenary sessions for free provided that they book a seat at least two months in advance.


Lyon – Perfectly Blending the Old with the New

Situated in France’s Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is the country’s 3rd largest city, breathing 2000 years of history, dating back to ancient Roman times. Lyon has earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, boasting France’s oldest ancient ruins, medieval quarters, and fine Renaissance houses.

Lyon, France.

Musée des Beaux Arts

Displaying the impressive cultural heritage of Lyon, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is considered to be the next-best fine arts museum after the Louvre, having one of Europe’s largest collections of artwork, including antiquities, paintings, sculpture, and decorative art dating back to ancient Egypt until the present day.

Additionally, the museum also has an exceptional collection of Impressionist paintings and modern art. There are many renowned works by European masters such as Delacroix, Géricault, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, and Véronèse.


Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine

Lyon stands on the site of the ancient Roman city of Lugdunum, founded in 43 BC, which was the capital of Gaul. The archaeology museum displays Gallo-Roman-era artefacts including vases, gravestones, mosaics, statues, coins, and ceramics. Some of the most important collection pieces include a Hercules sculpture, marble work from ancient baths, and a 100-square-meter floor mosaic depicting the God of Oceans.

That was it in terms of French cities that will leave you breathless. Therefore, next time you go to France, make sure to also take the time and visit other impressive cities apart from good old Paris 😉


Accommodation for EBMT 2017 & Marseille sightseeing

If you’re going to Marseille for EBMT 2017, we can help you find the right accommodation in one of the following 5 hotels:

Mercure Marseille Centre Prado Velodrome – 4*, 45 rooms available

Novotel Marseille Centre Prado – 4*, 25 rooms available

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Newhotel Bompard – 4*, 25 rooms available

New Hotel of Marseille – 4*, 50 rooms available

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Why the EBMT Annual Meeting Should Be on Your List in 2017

The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) is a non-profit organisation established in 1974 with the purpose of enabling scientists and physicians doing  clinical bone marrow transplantation to share their experience and put together co-operative studies.

In 2017, the 43rd edition of the EBMT Annual Meeting will be held in Marseille, France. The 2017 edition will also include the 33rd EBMT Nurses Group meeting, 16th EBMT Data Management Group Meeting, 9th EBMT Quality Management Group Meeting, 2nd EBMT Pharmacist Day, and 11th EBMT Patient & Family Day.

Having second thoughts about attending the event? Actually, you should be attending the EBMT annual meeting in 2017 for the following reasons:


It is the Most Important Annual European Event in this Field

The EBMT Annual Meeting is the most important annual research and education event in the bone marrow transplantation field  in Europe.

The meeting now has over  4,000 participants, including renowned experts, scientists, physicians, nurses, statisticians, clinical research technicians, patients and processing laboratory personnel. Attendees will access a programme that includes symposia, educational sessions and workshops discussing the main issues related to bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.

The EMBT has always helped establish a close relationship between its sponsors and collaborators, fact that adds real value to the meeting, benefitting all attendees in the long run.


It is Highly Diverse to Suit All Audiences

The EBMT Annual Meeting includes both educational days and a series of educational sessions on highly discussed themes for audiences with different needs.

The EBMT Patient and Family Day has been included in the programme for the past 5 years and takes place on the Saturday immediately preceding the EBMT Annual Meeting. The sessions included here are very detailed and informative and are specifically directed to patients and their families so that they gain insight into blood and marrow transplantation, as well as patient treatment and support networks.

Sunday is reserved to the EBMT Nurses Group and the Nurses Pre-Meeting Study Day where the latest developments and techniques for BMT nursing are discussed. On Sunday morning, there is also a Statistical Course on survival analysis for Data Managers.

The programme for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is built around specific educational sessions and workshops for physicians, nurses, data managers, and quality managers. The programme includes sessions on current standard treatments and trends in stem cell transplantation, as well as workshop sessions.

You can find more Resources on their dedicated page.

The 2016 Edition was a Major Success

EBMT 2016 took place between 3 and 6 April 2016 in Valencia, Spain. It covered working party business meeting on the following topics: solid tumour, acute leukemia, chronic malignancies, inborn errors, infectious diseases, lymphoma, paediatric diseases, autoimmune diseases and others.

The 3 sessions taking place on the Patient, Family and Donor Day covered highly discussed and extremely important issues starting from what a transplant is and a description of the transplant process to how fertility can be preserved in transplanted patients, what the social impact of illness is and what the ethical dilemmas in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are.

You can find more information on the event here.


You Get a Chance to Visit Marseille

Marseille is the oldest city in France, loaded with more than 1500 years of history. Over the centuries, the city became one of the most important harbours in the Mediterranean area and is now France’s second biggest city after Paris. In 2013, Marseille was selected European Capital of Culture.

At the heart of the city lies the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), pack with yachts and holiday boats. Here, you can can visit Marseille’s most famous church, the neo-Byzantine Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. Just uphill is the oldest part of the city, the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood. You can also go on an exploration trip in the République quarter and enjoy its swanky boutiques and Haussmannian buildings. Don’t forget to also visit Marseille’s famous striped Cathedrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, one of the most important church and national monument in France.


Accommodation for EBMT 2017 & Marseille sightseeing

If you’re going to Marseille for EBMT 2017, we can help you find the right accommodation in one of the following 5 hotels:

Mercure Marseille Centre Prado Velodrome – 4*, 70 rooms available

Novotel Marseille Centre Prado – 4*, 25 rooms available

MGALLERY Grand Hotel Beauvau Vieux Port – 4*, 45 rooms available

Newhotel Bompard – 4*, 25 rooms available

New Hotel of Marseille – 4*, 50 rooms available

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