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EASL is an association dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in liver research and in the clinical practice of liver disorders. EASL is governed by a board: the Secretary General, Vice-Secretary, Treasurer, five Scientific Committee members, two Educational Councillors, an EU Policy Councillor, and the Executive Director of EASL.



Prof. Tom Hemming Karlsen, MD, PhD, graduated from medical school at the University of Bergen in 1997. Within the Division of Cancer Medicine, Transplantation and Surgery at the Oslo University Hospital he is leader of the Norwegian PSC research center at the Department of Transplantation Medicine, as well as the Section of Molecular Hepatology at the Research Institute of Internal Medicine; altogether comprising three research groups (Experimental liver research, Genomics and metagenomics in inflammatory disorders, and a clinical research group).

Prof Frank Tacke


Prof. Frank Tacke, MD, PhD, was originally educated at the medical school in Hannover, Germany, and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Later he stayed at University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, working on new gene therapy strategies (1998-1999) as well as for a post-doctoral research training (2004-2006) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, working on monocyte/macrophage and dendritic cell biology. Since 2006, he is a clinical physician and leader of a research laboratory at the University Hospital Aachen, Germany. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Critical Care Medicine.


Prof. Mauro Bernardi, MD, graduated in Medicine at the University of Bologna in 1972. He completed his residency in Gastroenterology and then Internal Medicine at the Universities of Bologna and Chieti from 1972 to 1978.

He was appointed as Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at Chieti (1974-1978) and Bologna Universities (1978-1983). He spent 1975 in the Liver Research Unit of King’s College Hospital, London (Prof. R. Williams), as a locum research fellow, where he started his research activity on renal function abnormalities in cirrhosis under the guidance of Dr. S.P. Wilkinson.


Prof. Helena Cortez-Pinto, MD, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon, in 1981. Between 1985 and 1990, she did her internship in Gastroenterology in the University Hospital of Santa Maria.

In 1998, she did a research fellowship during 6 months, on Anna Mae Diehl Lab, in Johns Hopkins University, investigating in the area of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In 2000, she presented her PhD entitled “Steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Clinical aspects and pathogenic mechanisms”.