Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to welcome you to The Liver Week 2019.

Since the first meeting was held in 2014, The Liver Week has become a multidisciplinary international conference hosted by the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver (KASL), in partnership with three co-hosting societies: the Korean Association of HBP Surgery (KAHBPS), the Korean Liver Cancer Association (KLCA), and the Korean Liver Transplantation Society (KLTS).

The theme of The Liver Week 2019, 'Expanding Frontiers in Liver Diseases', purposes to encourage all participants to study the recent research trends and views related to liver disorders from the perspectives of eminent experts, and to facilitate the exchange of up-to-date information on liver disease with the ultimate goal of improving liver disease management. The organizing committee has prepared an attractive and valuable scientific program focused on the latest trends, issues, and advances made in various areas of liver diseases.

In particular, we have prepared various joint symposia for exchanging knowledge among 4 liver-related societies. The experts debate session will cover an issue regarding cessation of anti-HBV therapy. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) will participate in the policy forum, and the National Health Insurance Big Data Research forum will also be held in partnership with the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS). Lectures and a hands-on course for abdominal ultrasound specialist certification and relevant major education are prepared as well. The Asian Forum is a new session covering current status and emerging liver disease issues in Asia.

We firmly believe that The Liver Week 2019 will be a valuable experience for all attendees.

Thank you.