Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen!
On behalf of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Armenia and me personally I cordially welcome the participants of the International Conference: «Focus on the Hepatitis B».
Viral Hepatitis is polyetiologic group of diseases, which is responsible for 1,5 million deaths each year. Most of them are associated with HBV-infection. Around 600 million people, or every 11-th person in the world are currently living with HBV and HCV infection. They are at serious risk of developing the liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. That is why, viral hepatitis is recognized as a global public healthcare problem in the world.
I am glad, that this Conference, organized on the initiative of Armenian Hepatological Forum, has unified the leading specialists and doctors of various fields not only from Armenia and CIS countries, but also from Europe, Asia and the USA.
In medicine, as in any other area it is impossible to achieve any progress without cooperation. Moreover, one can hardly imagine the modern medicine without the international experience in evidence-based medicine. In this context collaboration with specialists, advanced medical centers, laboratories and international associations could have a tangible contribution in finding the most efficient ways for the solution of the pressing issues of Hepatology.
I wish constructive dialogue and fruitful work to all the participants of the Conference.
Minister of Healthcare Republic of Armenia,
I have the great pleasure in inviting you to join us at APASL STC on HBV to be held from 3 to 6 October, 2015, in Yerevan, Armenia.
HBV has different regional prevalence as well as variability of viral genotypes and heterogeneous natural history.
This three-day meeting will focus on all aspects of the management of Hepatitis B Virus Infection and will include important topics of epidemiology, virology and immunology of HBV Infection as well as optimal current treatment approaches in patients including special groups with HBV Infection. Our aim is to invite all experts in the field from the different regions of the word to present the latest research data and share their experience as well as to create new collaborating bridges for future. STC will be based on active discussion and interactions in order to get necessary results and new challenges in chronic HBV patients. We are expecting 400 delegates from the whole world including CIS countries to attend this important conference.
I hope you will enjoy this conference as well as your stay in Armenia, the country with old history, culture and amazing hospitality.
We look forward to welcoming you in Yerevan in october 2015
With warm regards
Conference President APASL STC 2015