In June of this year, AASLD partnered with the Asociación Mexicana de Hepatología (AMH) to offer a second joint research workshop for early career investigators. The aim of this program is to provide a half-day of didactic lecture combined with interactive discussion to develop the knowledge and skills of early career investigators throughout Mexico, followed by a half-day of poster presentations and discussion.
“I had the privilege of serving as the organizer and faculty of our recent AMH-AASLD research workshop at the annual meeting of AMH. This was part of the effort by AASLD through Global Outreach and Engagement to facilitate research and career development of young hepatologists around the globe. We have identified Mexico as a friend and neighbor with whom collaboration can be particularly effective and meaningful,” said W. Ray Kim, MD, MBA, FAASLD, Chair of the AASLD Global Outreach and Engagement Committee and one of the program chairs for this year’s workshop.
He added, “The day was focused on clinical research, ranging from clinical trial methodology to data management and analysis and to academic skills development. The workshop also featured young investigators who have developed their research programs by participating in previous workshops. We were also grateful for Dr. Lisker Melman who inspired all of us with an account of his career transitioning from Mexico to the US.”
He further said, “It is incredibly exciting to be with young people who exude sincere energy and enthusiasm to learn hepatology and how to do research. I am always humbled by our junior colleagues who overcome challenges of developing an academic career in settings with much fewer resources than we are used to in the US. We hope to see the collaboration between AASLD and AMH will continue and will produce research programs that engage investigators from both sides of the border who will learn from each other and create knowledge that would not be attainable without working together.”
Dr. Ignacio Aiza, who leads the International Relations for the Asociación Mexicana de Hepatología and program chair for the workshop shared his perspective as well.
“As part of the annual meeting of the AMH, I had the pleasure and privilege to help organize and participate in the Young investigators workshop organized in a joint effort by the AASLD and the AMH for a second consecutive year. Again it was a resounding success. More than 50 young investigators participated in the workshop where not only were they able to benefit from the lectures but also able to interact at a personal level with the participating AASLD faculty when they presented their ongoing research.
Furthermore thanks to a combined effort by both associations five of the young investigators were selected to receive support to travel to The Liver Meeting® 2018 of the AASLD in San Francisco. This workshop is one of several joint projects that AASLD and AMH have undertaken in the past two years, a collaboration that has been invaluable to the AMH and I am sure will continue to produce fruitful results,” he said.