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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Paris to The International Liver CongressTM 2018 (ILC 2018), the 53rd annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the Home of Hepatology!

We are delighted to invite you to join the international liver community at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles – Pavillon 7, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris, from 11 to 15 April 2018.

Hepatology is undergoing dramatic changes – with highly effective drugs to cure hepatitis C, a major increase of metabolic liver diseases and liver cancer worldwide, and multiple novel innovative treatment concepts for rare liver diseases and hepatitis B emerging. New alliances are forming, for instance, with diabetologists and oncologists, reflecting the multidisciplinary landscape in which EASL remains the hub. It is our great pleasure and honour to welcome you to ILC 2018, where we bring together clinicians, scientists and hepatology associates from all around the world to discuss latest advances at the frontline of hepatology and related disciplines. Complementary to the new tools of digital communication, ILC 2018 provides a unique opportunity to meet and discuss clinical innovation and research challenges but also to interact socially, network and develop future collaborations.

The 2018 ILC highlights comprise:

  • Over 1,500 original scientific projects presented – from almost 3,000 submitted abstracts
  • Complete tracks within all major topics of hepatology will keep you busy at all times – regardless of your interest
  • New tracks in the programme this year: comprehensive public health, surgical and basic science tracks
  • Clinical postgraduate course on ‘Viral hepatitis’ and basic science seminar on “Targetable pathways in liver disease”
  • State of the art lectures on “Is it time to abandon the diagnosis of cirrhosis?” and “Beyond albumin and IgG – the unexpected prospects of the neonatal Fc receptor”
  • For the first time, a comprehensive transplant and surgery postgraduate course
  • Many interactive sessions: breakfast morning rounds, grand rounds, meet-the-expert workshops, a comprehensive skills-learning track and a new “Research Think Tank” concept
  • Major EASL Clinical Practice Guidelines releases, including « hepatocellular carcinoma », « decompensated cirrhosis », « alcoholic liver diseases » and « updated recommendations on hepatitis C »
  • Evolving the « home of hepatology » concept with collaborative sessions with multiple societies
  • Dedicated arenas for young investigator involvement
  • Selected sessions and posters will be webcast and made available on the LiverTreeTM for EASL members to view.

Whether you are a young investigator, clinician, basic scientist, nurse, or a researcher, you will be exposed to the latest data in your specialty and can broaden your horizons at ILC 2018. Take part in an exciting week of liver discoveries and exchange.

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris.

Warmest regards,


Tom Hemming Karlsen
EASL Secretary General

Frank Tacke
EASL Vice-Secretary

Dear colleagues, visitors and friends,

it was a complete surprise when I received a letter from the EASL Governing Board asking to become Honorary President 2018. Not at all convinced that I deserve this honour, I nevertheless accepted with a small degree of vanity, but mostly with gratitude for those who helped me on my journey through medicine, especially through hepatology, and to those who introduced me to EASL – almost forty years ago.

So welcome to ILC, Paris and EASLwelcome to IPE!

Alas, another acronym! I offer you several further solutions (you may also find one of your own):

With respect to our congress:
Ingredients of hepatology
Performance of world experts
Efforts of young colleagues

With respect to the venue:
Île de la Cité

With respect to science:
Irresistible challenge
Puzzle of nature
Errors to detect

With respect to medicine:
Invest in patients!
Persist in learning!
Earn the confidence!

Enjoy working on liver diseases! Enjoy science and culture! Enjoy each other! Enjoy the congress!

Best wishes,


Tilman Sauerbruch, M.D.

Tilman Sauerbruch, M.D.

Honorary President of The International Liver CongressTM 2018 and Emeritus Professor, University of Bonn