Scientific Information

Invited Speakers


Alessio Aghemo

Professor of Gastroenterology in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano. His area of expertise and research interests include Viral Hepatitis, HCV Treatment, Cirrhosis and its complications.


Henry Chan

Prof Chan is a Head of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Director of Institute of Digestive Disease, Director of Center for Liver Health, Director of Office of Global Engagement, and Assistant Dean (External Affairs) of Faculty of Medicine, CUHK and the course director of Master of Science in Gastroenterology, CUHK.

Hong Kong

Chan Wah Kheong 

Associate Professor and Consultant Gastroenterologist, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya, University of Malaya Medical Centre and University of Malaya Specialist Centre. His area of expertise and research interests include Diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy, viral hepatitis B and C, hepatocellular carcinoma, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.


Y. K. Chawla
Prof Chawla is an Executive Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a Head of Department of Hepatology in PGIMER. His main research work has been in the areas of cirrhotic and noncirrhotic portal hypertension, Budd-Chiari syndrome, viral hepatitis and biliary diseases.


Pei-Jer Chen

Prof. Chen is a Professor at the Hepatitis Research Center, National Taiwan University Hospital. His areas of expertise and research interests include Molecular Biology of Hepatitis Viruses, Liver carcinogenesis, prevention and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.


Dan Yock Young

Chair of the University Medicine Cluster National University Health System; Head, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Senior Consultant of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital; Adjunct at the Cancer Science Institute National University Singapore.


Edward Gane

Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; Chief Hepatologist, Transplant Physician and Deputy Director of the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit at Auckland City Hospital

New Zealand

Rino Gani

Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia; Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia; His research grants include Risbin - Iptekdok - BPPT, Jakarta, 1998; Miyakawa Research Foundation, Tokyo, 2000; National Strategic Research Grant - Ministry of Education, Director of Higher Education Grant, Jakarta, 2009; Operational Research Grant – Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, 2015.


Jacob George

Professor of Hepatic Medicine at the Storr Liver Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Westmead Hospital, Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Services for the Western Sydney Local Health District, Associate Editor for the Journal of Hepatology, Editorial Board of Hepatology, Liver International, Hepatology International and the World Journal of Gastroenterology.


Robert Gish

Professor Consultant of the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Stanford University; Senior Medical Director at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona; Clinical Professor of Medicine (Adjunct), University of Nevada (Las Vegas); Medical Director Hepatitis B Foundation Doylestown, PA. 


George Goh
Consultant of Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Singapore General Hospital, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Chairperson, Executive committee, National Foundation of Digestive Diseases, Singapore  2016.

Kwang-hyub Han

Professor at Internal Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine. His area of expertise and research interests are liver cancer, hepatitis virus and chronic liver diseases related with viral hepatitis especially B and C virus, and hepatocellular carcinoma.


Jonathan Karn 

Prof Karn is Reinberger Professor and Chairman, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include epigenetic control mechanisms which regulate HIV transcription, latency in T-cells and microglial cells and HIV eradication strategy.


Khin Maung Win

Prof. Khin Maung Win is an Honorary Professor at the University of Medicine (1), Ministry of Health in Yangon. His research interests include Viral Hepatitis (B) & (C) and HCC; Founder and Patron of Myanmar Gastroenterology and Liver Society.


Massimo Levrero

Professor Levrero is Professor of Medicine at the Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. He has recently joined the Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Lyon (CRCL) in Lyon, France, where he leads a Research Unit on ”Epigenetics and Epigenomics of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”, and the Service d’Hepatologie et Gastroenterologie - Hopital de la Croix Rousse - Hospices Civils de Lyon, France, where he continues his academic practice in hepatology. He serves as Associate Member and Director of the Functional Genomics platform at the IIT-Sapienza Center for Life NanoScience (CLNS) in Rome


Gary Levy

Professor of Medicine Department at University of Toronto and University Health Network. His area of expertise and research interests include Hepatology, Live liver donation assessment, Immunology and Tolerance.


Wenhui Li

Investigator of National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing. Dr. Wenhui Li’s research interest has been on understanding mechanisms of viral infections and developing new antivirals. Currently his laboratory combines virology, biochemistry, immunology, animal studies and chemical biology to investigate molecular mechanisms of HBV/HDV infection. 


Kieron Lim

Dr. Lim is the Head of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at National University Hospital; Clinical lead of the Transplant Hepatology at the National University Centre of Organ Transplantation; Consultant & Assistant Professor of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University Medicine Cluster at the National University Hospital.


Lim Seng Gee

Prof Lim is Director of Hepatology, Dept of Gastroenterology & Hepatology National University Hospital, Chairman of the Singapore Hepatitis Conference, Governing Council Member, International Association for Study of Liver; and Adjunct Principal Investigator, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, ASTAR


Stephen Locarnini 

Prof Locarnini is a Head of Department at Research & Molecular Development, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, University of Melbourne, WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B. His research interests include Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, public health, co-infection with HIV, pathogenesis, cure strategies.


George Papatheodoridis

Prof Papatheodoridis is a  Director at Academic Department of Gastroenterology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, EASL Scientific Committee/Governing Board member (2010-2013), President of Hellenic Association for Study of Liver (2017-today), President of Hellenic Foundation of Gastroenterology & Nutrition (2017-today), member of Scientific Committee for Viral Hepatitis of Hellenic Center for Prevention of Diseases (2002-today), general secretary of Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (2013-2015)


Teerha Piratvisuth

Associate Professor of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai; Director of NKC Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Songklanagarind Hospital, Hat Yai; Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL); Council member of the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP) in Asia Pacific.


Tan Chee Kiat
Senior Consultant at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of Singapore General Hospital; Deputy Director (Solid Organ Transplant) of the SingHealth Transplant; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School; Clinical Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.


Tan Soek Siam

Dr. Tan Seok Siam is a Consultant Hepatologist and Head of the Selayang Hospital in Malaysia. Her research interests include viral hepatitis, liver failure and autoimmune liver disease. 


Helen Reeves
Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University. Her area of expertise is hepatocarcinogenesis – particularly for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease related hepatocellular carcinoma; and clinical lead for the care of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in Northern England.

United Kingdom

Peter Revill 

Professor Revill is a Senior Medical Scientist at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), Section Head of the Molecular Virology Group, Division of Research and Molecular Development and the President of Australasian Centre for Hepatitis Virology. 


Shah Samir Ramnik 

Dr Samir Ranik is a Head of the Department of Hepatologist at the Institute of Liver Diseases, HPB Surgery and Transplant at the Global hospital, Mumbai; Council Member of International Liaison Committee, Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL). 


Kumar Visvanathan 

Prof. Kumar Visvanathan is a senior ID Physician and Clinical Director of Medicine and Emergency Services at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne (St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne). He was the first person to demonstrate the importance of Innate Immunity in HBV. 


Yang Wei Lyn
Dr. Yang is the Head of Department and Senior Consultant of the Endoscopy Centre, Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Her clinical interests include General Gastroenterology and Clinical Hepatology.