The 2018 Congress of the Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado (ALEH) takes place September 20-23 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and AASLD and ALEH are collaborating to bring attendees two fantastic courses. This is a special congress for the ALEH as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary as an association. AASLD is supporting 10 AASLD members to participate as faculty in this very special meeting.
The AASLD-ALEH Research Workshop on Saturday, September 22 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm is the start of a full day of ALEH-AASLD collaboration, with Ray Kim, MD, MBA, FAASLD, and Andres Cardenas, MD, MMSc, PhD, AGAF, FAASLD, as course organizers. All attendees of the Congress may attend the presentations prior to lunch, a special invited poster session is planned noon until 3:00 pm and is intended for early career investigators who submitted and were selected to presents their projects. Session topics include: research in hepatology – what is hot and what is not; liver disease research in children; principles of clinical trials; cohort and control case studies; how to set up study data bases; ethical and regulatory aspects in clinical research; how to write a paper and get published; writing a research grant proposal; presentation skills; and research training opportunities in North America. This workshop has been incredibly well-received in years past and we anticipate a positive outcome this year as well. Faculty include: Ronald J. Sokol, MD, FAASLD; Michael J. Fried, MD, FAASLD; Dr. Kim; Anna Lok, MD, FAASLD; Dr. Cardenas; Marcelo Silva, MD; and Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD.
New this year, AASLD will be supporting 10 travel awards for promising early career investigators to participate in the workshop in Punta Cana. To extend the opportunities of learning and networking provided by the workshop, additional travel awards will be given to the top three abstract authors as selected by workshop faculty to help offset their travel expenses to The Liver Meeting® in San Francisco. When asked about the benefits of the program, Dr. Ray Kim said, “Although it is clear no one can fully master research and academic skills in a single day, prior workshops conducted by AASLD, including the inaugural one with ALEH two years ago, have demonstrated that such an event goes a long way in motivating and inspiring hepatologists eager to engage in research and academic activities to take the next step in training and experience in academic hepatology.”
To finish off a day of AASLD and ALEH collaboration, this year’s ALEH-AASLD Joint Symposium will address the topic of Alcoholic Hepatitis. Faculty include: Juan Pablo Roblero (Chile), Michael Curry (USA), Ramon Bataller (USA), and Juan Carlos Restrepo (Columbia). Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about alcoholic liver disease in Latin America, the latest in treatments for severe alcoholic hepatitis, and liver transplantation in alcoholic steatohepatitis. A discussion about ASH vs. NASH and a case presentation will conclude this exciting session.
“The networking between AASLD faculty and ALEH attendees and faculty that happens as part of the joint workshop and symposium has produced fruitful collaborations and paved the way for future opportunities between ALEH and AASLD,” said Dr. Kim.
Registration for the Congress is open. We hope many of you will join AASLD and ALEH in Punta Cana.