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Dear members,

I am glad to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver (KASL) for 2018.

Since its foundation in 1995, KASL has advanced as a leader in the field of liver disease. In 2012, our English-language, “Clinical and Molecular Hepatology”, was published for the first time. Our regular International Academic Conference has been held annually since 2005, and the ‘The Live Week’ every year since 2014. All these activities have helped KASL promote its international status and become recognized by global peers.

In addition to this, despite the relatively short amount of time since its foundation, our society has been growing, with more than 1,800 members spontaneously participating in the open operation of KASL and in domestic or international conferences. I am grateful for all efforts made by previous members of the board of KASL, who devoted their precious time to the development of the society. I am also grateful to all members of our society for their ardor and their voluntary participation in every meeting.

Now, as our society reached its maturity, we are facing another challenge on the springboard to jumping toward further advancement, and we require the support of all members. We would like to request your active participation in the ‘The Liver Week’ in order to get it enrolled in Science Citation Index (SCI), active support for basic and clinical research in the field of liver studies, close cooperation with societies sharing common academic interests, continuous participation in the establishment and implementation of policies and national projects, as well as the facilitate on of exchanges between all members. Given the changes in the domestic and overseas environment in terms of the political situation and medical care, all members are encouraged to participate in all activities led by KASL in the future.

Together with the President of the board of KASL, and with the support and good wishes of all members of our society, I pledge to devote myself to the further advancement of KASL. I wish all members of our society happiness and progress as always.

Thank you.

Kim, Dae-gon
The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver
Dear members,

The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver (KASL), formerly known as the Korean Society for the Study of the Liver, was founded in 1981 and has already reached its 23rd anniversary. During this time the association members has grown to exceed 2,000 members, including specialists in disciplines of internal medicine, surgery, radiology, pathology, and pediatrics jointly participating in research and advancement of hepato-biliary-pancreatic (HBP) diseases. Together we have made the association exemplary and superior by playing core roles in research and development and by forming a close alliance amongst its members.

I am honored to sever as the president of the 13th board of directors at the KASL for the next two years and assume a sense of great responsibility and duty. I believe the significant progress achieved by KASL over the last 20-plus years was made possible by all the passionate seniors and members of our society who have positively participated in all our activities. Although, the domestic and global environment for medical care is getting more complex and difficult, but I believe that KASL, in its maturity, will continue to proceed, develop further, and cerebrate more achievements with the support of its members.

We first held the Seoul International Liver Symposium in 2015, which allowed us to become a society leading the internalization of other domestic societies. The Spring Conference held by our society has been open to free topics for the past five years and has made continuous progress to become a highly integrated international platform. The importance of becoming more integrated with other domestic societies of relevant disciplines has influenced the upcoming Spring Conference, putting a greater emphasis becoming a paragon for other leading societies across Asia. In conjunction with the General Meeting of our society, the Autumn Conference will lead interactions with other societies and the encourage internalization of our society by co-hosting international conferences with societies related to digestive organs; this was the case during the Korea Digestive Disease Week 2017.

Academic conferences held by societies can be compared to flower gardens, decorated with various flowers of academic achievements, and for our society to thrive our journal should be a notable blossom in the flower garden. Our society's journal began its English version six years ago and has grown into one of the premier international journals for hepatology. Amid fierce competition among academic journals, our official journal, "Clinical and Molecular Hepatology", must be enrolled as a part of SCI. Therefore, the next two years will be an especially important for all of us. The current system for publishing and editing journals needs to be renewed with an extended budget appropriation. Active contributions from members with excellent papers and frequent journal references will also be essential for our expansion and notoriety.

Furthermore, our society intends to enhance the research capability of our members by expanding support programs for each society member. This will include supporting academic research, awarding excellent academic papers, increasing participation in international conferences, and hosting workshops on clinical studies methodology. These support programs will be expanded on an ongoing basis.

Last but not least, active efforts to consolidate favorable public relations, along with the fulfillment of other important social responsibilities, will be given a higher priority over to other issues to better reflect our members' viewpoints in establishing prudent policies by authorities for health care providers and insurance providers.

The new KASL board of directors will continue to advance our society with the help and encouragement our community members. I welcome and encourage valuable advice from all our members and look forward to your active participation.

Thank you.

President, the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver
Yang, Jin-mo
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