6th UpDate on Hepatology Course Bucharest Romania 2019

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 6th UpDate on Hepatology Course, the popular 2 day-long interactive educational program in hepatology organized by the Romanian Association for Liver Diseases (RoALD), Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (SRGH), Fundeni Clinical Institute and the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

This year, the course will provide updates and practical guidance for clinicians dealing with common or challenging liver conditions. Our core program will comprise several sessions focused on remarkable progress that have been made in clinical hepatology and basic research field:

  • Persisting therapeutic challenges in liver cirrhosis
  • Pregnancy & Liver disease
  • The road to viral hepatitis elimination
  • Endo-Hepatology: Optimizing endoscopy in patients with cirrhosis/ liver diseas
  • The increasing role of molecular biology techniques in hepatolagy
  • HCC and Liver transplantation
  • Chronic liver disease potpourri
  • Future burden in hepatalogy: NAFLD/NASH and alcoholic liver disease.

This event is endorsed by EASL.

The participants will be able to gain better understanding and skills in fibrosis assessment during a devoted workshop.

Original research is welcome during the course in the form of posters and selected e-posters that will be presented during a dedicated session.

We look forward to seeing you in Bucharest in April 2019.

Liana Gheorghe, Anca Trifan, Ioan Sporea

Program in PDF format

Brochure in PDF format


6th UpDate on Hepatology Course

Title: „From theory to practice in liver disease”

Date: 5th-6th April 2019 

Venue: Bucharest, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Course Directors: Liana Gheorghe, Anca Trifan, Ioan Sporea


Friday, 5 April 2018

8.00-9.00 Registration & Welcome

8.55-9.00 Introduction

9.00-10.40 Persisting therapeutic challenges in the management of cirrhotic patient

Chair: Elsa Sola, Anca Trifan

9.00-9.20 Anticoagulation therapy in liver cirrhosis

Bogdan Procopet, Cluj-Napoca

9.20-9.40 Albumin in liver cirrhosis      

Elsa Solà, Barcelona, Spain

 9.40-10.00 Non-selective beta-blockers in cirrhosis              

Anca Trifan, Irina Girleanu, Iasi

10.00-10.20 New therapeutic targets in hepatic encephalopathy

Mircea Diculescu, Bucuresti

10.20-10.40 Coffee, herbal and dietary supplements in liver disease

Cristina Cijevschi, Iasi


10.40-11.00 Coffee break


11.00-12.20 Pregnancy & Liver disease

Chair: Nancy Reau, Liana Gheorghe

11.00-11.20 Diagnostic work up of liver test abnormalities during pregnancy

Corina Pop, Bucharest

11.20-11.40 Medical emergencies in pregnancy-related liver disease

Liana Gheorghe, Bucharest

11.40- 12.00 Cholestatic pregnancy-related liver disease

Speranta Iacob, Bucharest

12.00-12.20 Viral hepatitis in pregnancy

Nancy Reau, Chicago, USA


12.20-13.05 Satellite Symposium AbbVie

Optimising the outcome of HCV patients in genotype-specific era

HCV Patient Case 1

Simplifying HCV management: TIME DOES MATTER!

Liana Gheorghe, Bucharest


HCV Patient Case 2

Effective management on therapy: DRUG-DRUG INTERACTIONS ARE MANAGEABLE!!

Anca Trifan, Iasi


13.05-14.10 Lunch


14.10-15.30 HCC and Liver transplantation

Chair: Susanne Beckebaum, Irinel Popescu

14.10-14.30 Liver transplant for HCC

Irinel Popescu, Bucharest

14.30-14.50 Systemic therapies for HCC: immune checkpoint and signal pathway inhibitors

Adina Croitoru, Bucharest

14.50-15.10 Improving screening in HCC

Zeno Sparchez, Cluj-Napoca

15.10-15.30 Liver transplant for alcoholic hepatitis

Susanne Beckebaum, Muenster, Germany


15.30-16.00 State of the Art

Moderator: Corina Pop

Hepatitis C: persisting gaps on the road of elimination

Jeffrey Lazarus, Barcelona, Spain


16.00 – 18.30 Hands-on Workshop: Fibrosis assessment

Coffee break will be served in the workshop area

(will be held separately in 2 halls for biomarkers and US technology, respectively; participants will change from an workshop to the other after one hour)


Moderators/Presenters: Mona Munteanu, Camelia Cojocariu, Horia Stefanescu


Moderators/Presenters: Speranta Iacob, Roxana Sirli, Horia Stefanescu, Dan Gheonea


19.00 Dinner


Saturday, 6 April 2019

8.30-9.50 What’s new in hepatitis?

Chair: Ferruccio Bonino, Cihan Yurdaydin

8.30-8.50 Emerging issues in hepatitis B (when to stop NUCs, renal function, risk of HCC, qHBsAg, obstacle for cure)

Ferruccio Bonino, Pisa, Italy

8.50- 9.10 New therapeutic strategies against hepatitis D

Cihan Yurdaydin, Ankara, Turkey

9.10-9.30 Hepatitis E – an emerging issue

Roxana Sirli, Timisoara

9.30-9.50 Liver involvement in sarcoidosis

Vito Cicinnati, Muenster, Germany


9.50-10.20 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing


10.20-11.40 The increasing role of molecular biology in hepatology

Chair: Scott L. Friedman, Vlad Ratziu  

10.20-10.50 Landmark trials in NASH and fibrosis

Scott L. Friedman, New York, USA

10.50-11.10 Cellular immunological basis of sex differences to alcohol induced liver injury

Costica Aloman, Chicago, USA

11.10-11.30 Hepatocyte plasticity in vivo and in vitro – the significance for regenerative therapies in liver diseases

Razvan Iacob, Bucharest

11.30-11.50 Understanding pathophysiology of NAFLD/NASH to identify therapeutic targets

Vlad Ratziu, Paris, France


11.50-12.50 Satellite Symposium Gilead

Optimizing HCV treatment across all disease stages


How the success looks in real life

Liana Gheorghe, Bucharest

Speranta Iacob, Bucharest


12.50-13.50 Lunch


13.50-14.20 Satellite Symposium MSD

Is there still a role for personalized treatment of hepatitis C in Romania ?

Comorbidities – a key challenge in choosing DAA treatment

Liana Gheorghe, Bucharest

Treatment duration – a key challenge in choosing DAA treatment

Dan Gheonea, Craiova


14.20-16.45 Endo-Hepatology: Optimizing endoscopy in patients with cirrhosis

Chair: Carol Stanciu, Erwin Santo, Cristian Gheorghe

14.20-14.40 Bleeding risk in cirrhotic patient who needs endoscopy and how to manage it

Razvan Iacob, Bucharest

14.40-15.00 Endoscopy for gastric variceal bleeding

Vito Cicinnati, Munster, Germany

15.00-15.20 Special considerations of colonoscopy in cirrhotic patient

Adrian Goldis, Timisoara

15.20-15.40 How to do safely ERCP in cirrhotic patient?

Cristian Gheorghe, Bucharest

15.40-16.00 Potential role of EUS in hepatobiliary diseases

Erwin Santo, Tel Aviv, Israel


16.00-16.30 State of the Art

Moderator: Cristian Gheorghe

Acute on Chronic Liver Failure 2019

Shiv Kumar Sarin, New Delhi, India


16.30 Closing and (Poster) Awards

Light dinner

Acces your account and pay the registration fee online


1st prize

  • Carmen Ester with the poster "Metabolic syndrome in liver transplant recipients - the role of genetic testing and blood-based biomarkers"

2nd prize

  • Huiban Laura with the poster "Thrombotic events in patients with hepatitis C virus cirrhosis treated with direct antivirals and sustained virological response - a real-life study"

3rd prize

  • Ghiuchici Ana Maria with poster "Factors associated with intratumoral elastographic measurements variability"

Registration and Venue

We are waiting for your abstracts by March 10th!

Only RoALD members with accepted abstracts will benefit of a reduced fee to the Hepatology Course.

Registration fees (Until March 15th 2019)

  • 350 Lei Specialist
  • 100 Lei Trainee
  • 50 Lei Students

On site Registration fees

  • 450 Lei  Specialist
  • 150 Lei Trainee
  • 50 Lei Students

Asociatia Romanian Association for Liver Diseases- RoALD
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Hotel Crowne Plaza Bucharest, Romania


Single  room: 180 euro/night
Double room: 165 euro/night

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Day 1 - 5th April

Day 2 - 6th April