The Liver Meeting® Today sat down with Kimberly A Brown, MD, FAST, FAASLD, Secretary 2016-2019 of AASLD, to discuss this year’s poster sessions at The Liver Meeting®. She shared some of the highlights from this year’s record setting event.
LMT: What can attendees expect from the poster sessions this year?
Dr. Brown:This is an exciting year in research at AASLD. Attendees will have the opportunity to view nearly 2,500 posters over four days including a late-breaking poster session. These poster sessions are highly competitive and cover some of the most significant research in several areas of liver disease from the past year. The attendees will have opportunity to review their selections before the meeting and use the Liver Meeting App to better define those they which to review on site.
LMT: What is particularly notable or new regarding poster sessions this year?
Dr. Brown:We have continued the Friday through Monday poster sessions. This allows attendees to have four full days to view content and participate in meetings while ensuring that the presenters have adequate audiences for each session. Tuesday continues to be a shortened day with an exciting group of offerings to round out the meeting.
LMT: How many abstracts were submitted and how many were accepted?
Dr. Brown: There were 3,271 regular abstracts (a record) and 74 late-breaking abstracts submitted to this year’s meeting with an overall acceptance rate of 74.9 percent. As you can see, the extraordinary numbers of abstracts represents a robust representation of the research being done in liver disease.
LMT: What are the new areas of interest this year?
Dr. Brown: Hepatitis C remains of significant interest with research now focusing on identification and linkage to care of patients as well as more advanced therapeutics. Hepatitis B, NASH and cholestatic liver disease are exploding with numerous presentations on new therapeutics and mechanisms of disease. In addition, there has been increasing interest in alcoholic liver disease, cancer and mechanisms of fibrosis with several plenary and poster sessions in both basic and clinical areas. Overall, given the expansive menu of options for attendees, one will be tasked with taking as much in as possible over the meeting.
LMT: What would you tell attendees to encourage them to visit the poster sessions?
Dr. Brown:The vast majority of research presented yearly at The Liver Meeting® is presented in poster form. Although plenary sessions are equally outstanding, it is critical that attendees consider poster sessions with equal value in order to really be updated on the enormous advances in the field of liver disease. The Liver Meeting App will be an essential tool in planning your time and your day to ensure that you don’t miss any of the posters or presentations of interest.
For an overview of poster themes each day and a schedule of e-Poster tours, check out Section 2 of The Liver Meeting® Today daily.