The 8th International Symposium on Alcoholic Liver and Pancreatic Diseases and Cirrhosis(ISALPD/C) – ELPA – European Liver Patients Association

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2013-08-26 09:47

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, India, and the NIAAA/NIH, USA we are delighted to  welcome you to the 8th International Symposium on Alcoholic Liver and Pancreatic Diseases and Cirrhosis (ISALPD/C), with the theme ‘ALCOHOL, INFECTION AND CANCER’, being held on November 16 and 17,2013, at New Delhi, India.

Globally, alcohol consumption and its medical harmful effects are on the increase. Liver and Pancreas are two major organs which are commonly affected due to chronic alcohol abuse. Patients with alcoholic liver disease (ALD) often present late with limited treatment options and high morbidity and mortality. Viral and bacterial infections could add to the poor outcome in these patients. With more than a billion people afflicted with hepatitis B and nearly 170 million infected with hepatitis C, a large number of patients have more than one hit, alcohol plus HBV or HCV. In addition, obesity and diabetes add to the rise in liver diseases and liver cancer risk. The scenario for pancreatic diseases in relevance to alcohol induced injury need to be addressed similarly. In fact, there are rapid advancements in the basic molecular and immunological mechanisms, the host viral and alcohol interactions and new therapeutic targets in preventing and managing these groups of patients. The November scientific event, jointly organized by ILBS and the NIAAA/NIH (USA), is an attempt to address the challenges and fill the knowledge gaps by interactive sessions addressed by the best of the international experts. There would be several sessions attracting the clinician-cum-academic researchers and many workshops for the basic scientists. We assure you that this International symposium will truly provide an outstanding forum for exchanging the newest and cutting-edge research discoveries on clinical problems and basic molecular mechanisms relating to viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, liver cancer and pancreatitis.

You will also get the opportunity to enjoy colorful and exciting social programs and sight-seeing tours to see the historic capital of India and the nearby areas.

We welcome you and your colleagues to Delhi for a highly academic and scientific conference. Please do join us with your family for a memorable visit.

With best wishes and regards,

Prof. S.K. Sarin
Chairman

Prof. Raj Lakshman
Co-Chair

Prof. Bin Gao
Co-Chair

Dr. Manoj Kumar
Organizing Secretary