Our speakers

Scientific Team

Pei-Jer Chen, MD
Professor / College of Medicine, National Taiwan University

Prof. A.Kadir Dokmeci
Professor at Ankara University School of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology
Executive Council Member of APASL since 2010, President of APASL for the term

Prof. Cihan Yurdaydin
Chairman in Gastroenterology at the University of Ankara Medical School
Chief of the Hepatology Institute, University of Ankara, President of WGO.

Dr. Heiner Wedemeyer, MD
Managing senior physician and assistant professor in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at Hannover Medical School

Anna S. Lok, MD, FAASLD
Alice Lohrman Andrews Research Professor in Hepatology at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI; Director of Clinical Hepatology and Associate Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine, President of AASLD.

Prof. Robert Gish
Professor Consultant, Stanford University; Senior Medical Director, St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ; Medical Director, Hepatitis B Foundation, Doylestown, PA; Medical Director, Asian Pacific Health Foundation, San Diego, CA

Prof. Mario Rizzetto
Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Torino

Prof. Michael P. Manns, MD
Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Medical School of Hannover in Germany.

Timothy M. Block, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and President, Hepatitis B Foundation; Co-Founder and President, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute; Founder and President, Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center; Professor and Director, Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology, Drexel University College of Medicine

Jidong Jia, MD, PhD, is a Hepatologist and Director of the Liver Research Centre at the Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital University in Beijing, China. He is also immediate past President of the Chinese Society of Hepatology, Past President of APASL (2009-2010), Vice President of IASL. Dr Jia also serves as associate editor for Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Hepatology International and Liver International. His clinical interests include the chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases. His research work mainly on cellular and molecular biology of the extracellular matrix of the liver and the pathogenesis and therapeutic study of experimental liver fibrosis.

Dr. Saeed Sadiq Hamid
Dr Saeed Sadiq Hamid is a physician with a particular interest in viral hepatitis. He works as Chairman and Professor in Section of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan). He completed a fellowship in the Hepatology of Liver Unit at Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas. He also completed a clinical research fellowship in Gastroenterology at John Radcliffe Hospital / University of Oxford, and was a senior registrar in Gastroenterology of West Middlesex University Hospital, and registrar in Gastroenterology of the Royal Infirmary.

Prof. Jinlin Hou
Professor Jinlin Hou is the Director and Professor of the Hepatology Unit and Department of Infectious Diseases, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China. Professor Hou is the president of APASL 2017 and the president of Chinese Medical Association of Infectious Diseases(2013-2016). Professor Hou joined the University Department of Medicine of Nanfang Hospital in July 1984. Between 1993 and 1994, he received training in the Department of Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, UK. Between 2000 and 2001, Professor Hou was a visiting Fellow at the Institute of Hepatology, London, UK. He has been invited to deliver talks at both national and international liver conferences owing to his expertise in viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. His current research interests include the clinical management of liver and Infectious Diseases and the molecular virology and immunology of hepatitis virus infection. He has published more than 500 articles in both national and international journals, including GUT, Hepatology, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Hepatology, Science LANCET Infect Dis, NEJM et al.