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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), we are delighted to welcome you to Athens for the EASL Special Conference "Optimal Management of Hepatitis B Virus Infection".

The management of chronic HBV infection has improved substantially over the last 15 years, but still remains suboptimal as the virus cannot be usually eradicated. The variability of viral strains and heterogeneous course of disease in different regions of the world, together with the absence of curative treatment options, impose a number of dilemmas and challenges in every day clinical practice.

This two-day meeting will focus on all clinical aspects of the management of chronic HBV infection, but will also cover some basic topics of HBV virology and immunology that will inform future therapeutic advances. Experts from both Europe and Asia-Pacific area and a few guests from North America will provide the latest data and expert opinions. Some of the key topics to be covered will include HBV epidemiology, virology, immunopathogenesis, natural history, treatment indications and end-points, optimal current treatment approaches and their challenges in chronic hepatitis B patients, including special groups, and finally innovative prospective treatment options.

The format of the programme aims to generate active discussions and interactions, to reveal similarities and differences between different patient populations, to reach widely accepted conclusions that will improve patient management, to highlight the unmet medical needs and ultimately to guide preclinical and clinical research in this field. Thus, all clinicians and scientists are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions during the round table sessions as well as to submit and present their data in the poster sessions.

We hope that you will enjoy this conference and your stay in Athens, with all the history and culture it has to offer.

Scientific Organising Committee
     
Pietro Lampertico Mala Maini George Papatheodoridis
Milan, Italy London, UK Athens, Greece
Deadlines
Early Registration:
July 27, 2014
Late Registration:
August 29, 2014
Abstract Submission:
July 14, 2014
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