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It is our pleasure to invite you to the 1st Belgian meeting on "Liver Disease and Regeneration" taking place at the University Hall of KULeuven on January 12-13, 2017.


Our progressive understanding of mechanisms involved in acute and chronic liver diseases has led to important improvements in the current management of these diseases. Basic research in the field of liver- development, cancer, viral infections, fibrosis, and regeneration is important to warrant further insight into the molecular and cellular processes implicated in order to develop novel detection methods and therapies.

This meeting will bring together international scientists working in the field of liver disease. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to get updated on and discuss new studies in the field of basic liver research.

Topics will include:

  • Mechanisms of liver disease
  • Liver development
  • The role of liver progenitor cells
  • In vitro models to study liver disease
  • Gene therapy and gene editing
  • Human chimeric mice


List of already confirmed invited speakers:

  • Stuart Forbes – University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Gianfranco Alpini – Texas A&M University, Temple, USA
  • Nicola Elvassore – University of Padova, Italy
  • Thierry VandenDriessche – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Satdarshan P. Singh Monga – University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Ype de Jong – Weill Cornell Medicine & Rockefeller University, New York, USA


Speakers of the IAP-HEPRO network

  • Vera Rogiers – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Stuart McDonald – Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  • Tania Roskams – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Isabelle Leclercq – Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • Leo van Grunsven – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Joery DeKock – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Frédéric Lemaigre – Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • Christian Trautwein – Universitätsklinikum,  Aachen, Germany
  • Philip Meuleman – Universiteit Gent, Belgium


Meeting overview (download full programme in pdf)

Opening: Thu Jan. 12 (starting at 11:15 AM: arrival/registration/welcome lunch/poster setup)

Closing: Fri Jan. 13, 2017 at 4:45 PM (announcement of the awards)


  • Session 1 (Thursday afternoon): Liver progenitor cells and disease
  • Session 2 (Friday morning): Novel approaches to study liver disease
  • Session 3 (Friday afternoon): Liver regeneration and development


  • 21 Presentations
    • 6 invited speakers
    • 9 speakers of the HEPRO network
    • 6 speakers selected from abstract submissions
  • Poster sessions at lunch and during coffee breaks and an extended session during Thursday evenings’ reception (17:00-19:15) with time for questions and interactions between speakers & participants.


  • Last modified 10-01-2017