European Association for the Study of the Liver

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The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) is a European professional association for liver disease.

European Association for the Study of the Liver
Non-profit organisation
Founded 1966
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Key people
Prof. Tom Hemming Karlsen- Secretary General (April 2017 - present)
Members 3589 (April 2014)
Website EASL


EASL was founded by the German physician Gustav-Adolf Martini[1] in April 1966, in Marburg, Germany, to promote research on the liver and its pathology and to improve therapy for liver disorders.[2] EASL's founding was inspired by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD, created in November 1949) and the International Association for the Study of the Liver (IASL, created in 1958).[3]


EASL is a non-profit organization, composed solely of individual members, that performs its duties under a written constitution managed by the EASL Governing Board made up of 11 elected members: the Secretary General, the Vice-Secretary, the Scientific Committee (five persons), the Treasurer, the Educational Councillors (two persons), and the European Policy Councillor. EASL is an Ordinary Member of the United European Gastroenterology.

EASL members meet once a year at the Business Meeting held during the International Liver Congress.

Governing Board[4][edit]

Secretary General - Prof. Tom Hemming Karlsen (Norway)

Vice-Secretary - Prof. Frank Tacke (Germany)

Treasurer - Prof. Mauro Bernardi (Italy)

Scientific Committee Member - Dr. Alejandro Forner (Spain)

Scientific Committee Member - Prof. Philip N. Newsome (United Kingdom)

Scientific Committee Member - Prof. Marco Marzioni (Italy)

Scientific Committee Member - Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti (Switzerland)

Scientific Committee Member - Prof. Markus Cornberg (Germany)

Educational Councillor - Prof. Massimo Pinzani (United Kingdom)

Educational Councillor - Prof. Francesco Negro (Switzerland)

EU Policy Councillor - Prof. Helena Cortez-Pinto (Italy)

International Liver Congress[edit]

EASL sponsors the International Liver Congress™ held in various European cities, usually in April. This is an annual scientific meeting where clinicians and researchers receive information on the latest research, perspectives and treatments of liver disease.[5]

Journal of Hepatology[edit]

The Journal of Hepatology is edited by EASL and published by Elsevier. The journal publishes original papers, reviews, case reports and letters to the Editor about clinical and basic research in the field of hepatology.[6]

EASL Fellowships[edit]

EASL offers resources for the following fellowships: Physician Scientist Fellowships, Post-doc Research Fellowship, Entry-level Research Fellowship, Short-term Training Fellowship.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martini, G.A. (1991). Foundation and Development of the EASL. Journal of Hepatology, 13, 135-136
  2. ^ (2005). Liver disease research announced at disease-specific conference. Drug Week, 20 May 2005, Pg. 537. Available at Accessed 5 May 2011
  3. ^ Martini, G.A. (1991). Foundation and Development of the EASL. Journal of Hepatology, 13, 135-136
  4. ^ EASL Governing Board webpage available at
  5. ^ "EASL - Event - International Liver Congress (contributions)". Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Journal of Hepatology.

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