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International liver cancer congress provides possible solutions to reduce significant burden
Date:6/25/2010

. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer in men and the eighth most common cause in women. HCC is the most common cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia mainly due to the high rates of HCV and HBV infection. In western countries, alcoholism and viral hepatitis are the leading causes of cirrhosis and subsequent HCC.

The HCC conference is supported by leading professional organisations across the world, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the Asian Pacific Association for Study of the Liver (APASL) and the Latin-American for the Study of the Liver (ALEH).

"EASL is dedicated to promoting research and education in the field of hepatology to improve the treatment of liver disease throughout the world. In bringing experts together at this first-ever medical conference on HCC we aim to promote the latest evidence base and best practise to address this significant global killer disease," added Professor Heiner Wedemeyer, EASL Secretary General.

In line with the importance of the meeting, EASL would like to inform its members and the conference delegates that the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-Health 2010) has funded the HEPTROMIC project, a 3-year translational research initiative on liver cancer. This network, aimed at solving molecular and technological challenges, constitutes the first European research project specifically focused on genomics in HCC funded by the European Union. With the final negotiations with the European Commission well underway, HEPTROMIC is currently gearing up to become a decisive modern cooperative and multidisciplinary effort in the fight against this cancer. Led from the Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) - Hospital Clnic of Barcelona (Spain), this initiative combines the knowhow of six leading research groups in Europe and the USA and two companies, to ensure the translation of research results into new prog
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European Association for the Study of the Liver
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