High Attendance at the 28th Annual Meeting of the German Association for the Study of the Liver

30 January 2012
Around 350 scientists met in Hamburg on 27 and 28 January to discuss new developments in the area of liver research. Professor Gisa Tiegs, the current president of the German Association for the Study of the Liver (GASL), gave a warm welcome to the participants on the premises of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). “The GASL greatly benefits from the young researchers who work in the labs every day, and we are pleased to give them the opportunity here to present their findings,” Dr. Tiegs said. She is also deputy spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 841 (CRC 841) “Liver Inflammation: Infection, Immune Regulation and Consequences” at the UKE. The primary aim of the meeting of the GASL is to promote the exchange of ideas between clinicians and basic researchers.
Jörn Schattenberg, MD, of University Hospital Mainz received this year’s GASL award of the YAEL Foundation for his work on the role of the caspase-8 homolog cellular FLICE- inhibitory protein (c-FLIP) in hepatocyte apoptosis and toxic liver damage. The award, worth EUR 3000, is conferred annually by the executive board and the GASL programme committee for outstanding scientific achievement.
Professor Michael P. Manns of the Hannover Medical School (MHH) was elected to become the next president of GASL. His term of office will begin on 1 February 2012.