Welcome message

Norifumi Kawada, M.D., Ph.D.
JSHILC2019 President
Professor of Medicine, Chairman
Department of Hepatology, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka City University
Shigehiro Kokubu, M.D., Ph.D.
JSHILC2019 Vice President
Director, Center for Liver Disease Minimal Invasive Treatment
Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital
Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our great pleasure to announce that the JSH International Liver Conference (JSHILC2019) will be held on October 1–2, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. We are delighted to welcome you to the attractive city of Osaka.

Recent progress in basic science and clinical medicine on liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension is noteworthy. Notable developments include molecular and cellular mechanisms of liver fibrosis leading to cirrhosis, vascular biology relevant to portal hypertension, non-invasive assessment of fibrosis and portal hypertension, and novel pharmacological, surgical, endoscopic therapies and interventional radiology for symptoms and complications associated with advanced chronic liver disease. Liver cirrhosis is also considered the origin of more advanced liver failure and liver cancer. Thus, it is a good opportunity to discuss and share more insights on "Liver Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension" with experts as well as young scientists/clinicians worldwide. Similar to the previous JSH single-topic conferences, this meeting aims to bring together young and mature as well as experienced and trainee physicians and scientists, regardless of academic and age barriers, and to enjoy an academic as well as casual conversation.

The scientific program will consist of invited lectures, plenary sessions, and poster presentations on remarkable developments on all aspects of "Liver Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension".

Osaka is located at the approximate center of Japan, approximately 600 km from Tokyo, and very close to the ancient capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara. Osaka prefecture has a population of 8.8 million (about 7% of the entire population), making it the third most populous prefecture after Tokyo and Kanagawa. Furthermore, approximately 210000 non-Japanese people (9.7% of the registered non-Japanese population in Japan) reside in Osaka, demonstrating the international character of the area. Osaka has been called "kuidaore", which literally means "to bring ruin upon oneself by extravagance in food", and is known for its food culture.

The local organizing committee is working to make the JSHILC2019 in Osaka a memorable meeting, both scientifically and socially. Please mark your calendar to participate in this meeting, which will involve good scientific discussions and provide an exciting environment.

For all enquiries, send an e-mail to jshilc2019@arc3.co.jp.
Please visit our homepage at http://www.jshilc2019.org for additional details.