Monothematic Conference - Leuven 07-09 June, 2018

Gut-liver axis



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Dear Colleague,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the EASL Monothematic Conference on the gut-liver axis, in which we will address the relevance in Hepatology of reciprocal interplay between the gut and liver.

The conference will focus on interactions among the microbiota, epithelial barrier and host both in health and in liver disease. The goals of the meeting will be to understand i) the physiological basis of interplay between the gut flora and host intestinal immune system, ii) the role of gut microbiota in different liver diseases, iii) the impact of liver disease on the intestinal barrier, and iv) targets for intervention and therapeutic tools.

The meeting has been organized as 8 sessions that will address these goals. Talks will cover the importance of the gut-liver axis in relevant areas of Hepatology, including advanced cirrhosis, and liver disease secondary to alcohol, fat deposition or autoimmunity. Emerging areas such as the influence of gut microbiota on drug metabolism and on hepatobiliary malignancies will also be covered. Further, the conference will specifically examine therapies designed to modify the components of the gut-liver axis, such as bile acid signaling, fecal transplantation, adsorbent carbons, and pro- and antibiotics, among others.

The conference will be a forum of interest, discussion and information for both clinical hepatologists and basic and translational researchers. In line with other recent EASL events, we will count on the active participation of partners from industry. Sessions will include presentations by eminent scientists on evidence-based translational research from academia and industry. We hope the conference will act as a platform to facilitate interaction and research networking among academia, industry and the scientific audience. In this regard, active researchers in this field will have the chance to submit data from ongoing projects that will be presented as e-posters.

We envisage this meeting on the gut-liver axis as a cutting edge forum of interest for clinicians, basic and translational researchers and industry in this emerging area of hepatology.

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you in Leuven for this major EASL event.


The Scientific Committee

Agustín Albillos, Spain

Andrea De Gottardi, Switzerland

Maria Rescigno, Italy


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Supported by AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, MSD and Norgine.

AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, MSD and Norgine have had no input into the content of the materials and presentations used at this event.




“The EASL Monothematic Conference: Gut-Liver Axis, Leuven, Belgium, 07/06/2018-09/06/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

“Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

EACCME® credits
Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23 of UEMS 2016.20.

In order to help you issue individual certificates to each participants, please find below the breakdown of ECMEC®s per day:

07.06.2018- 4,00

08.06.2018- 6,00

09.06.2018- 2,00

The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of 1 ECMEC® for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC®s per day. Cf. Chapter X of UEMS 2016.20.