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Dear members,

I am deeply honored to be appointed as the new Chairman of The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver (KASL) in 2017.

Since its foundation in 1995, The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver has made enormous strides in advancing the research and treatment of liver diseases and emerged as one of the leading societies in Korea. Beginning in 2012, the English Version Academic Journal "Clinical and Molecular Hepatology" has been published. In 2011, the Annual Spring Scientific Meeting was upgraded to an International Scientific Meeting. In 2014, this international meeting evolved to "The Liver Week" and it was convened so successfully every year that it has received international recognition and its status elevated as a multidisciplinary international conference.

In addition, despite its short history, it is noteworthy that the number of our members reaches 1,750 thanks to the organization's open-minded operation and sustained endeavors to host the international academic meetings every year. For this brilliant qualitative and quantitative development, I have deep respect and admiration for the able, dedicated predecessors and all of our members.

Now that KASL is celebrating its 21st anniversary, the future calls for more new challenges by this organization to achieve ceaseless leaps and bounds. We should address the following challenges in a more mature manner: further activation of "The Liver Week", upgrade of our papers to the level of Science Citation Index (SCI), support for basic clinical research in the liver sector, well-organized cooperation with related societies, continuous promotion of public projects on liver issues, and academic exchanges among members. Amid the situation where medical and external environments at home and abroad can be difficult to manage, it is imperative that our capacity and dedication should be fully and properly utilized in unified efforts to open an unprecedented opportunity of KASL.

I thank you all for your attention and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Joung ll Lee
Chairman
The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver (KASL)
December 2016
This year marks the 20th anniversary since the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver was founded in 1995. So far, the number of members of the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver has reached 1,650 and the society has achieved remarkable growth as the key player in upgrading the research development in the liver and biliary tract and mutual relations among expert members from internal medicine, surgery, radiology, pathology and pediatrics. It is my great honor to serve as the 12th president of the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver with great responsibility for the next two years.
Remarkable growth achieved by the society in the previous 20 years is due to actions of our predecessors and their devotion to the society as well as the enthusiastic members with active participation. We have faced difficulties internally and externally as the surrounding medical environment worsens. Nevertheless, the society, with 20 years of history, will effectively use your willingness and power for continuous growth.

The annual meeting has been held as an international conference for five years and developed with a lot of content. I will make my best effort to make the annual meeting the representing conference in Asia by cooperating with other liver societies.
It may be said that the journal is the fruit of the society if the conference is the flower. The journal of the society has become an international journal and published in English for the last five years. It is desperately required for the journal, 'Clinical and Molecular Hepatology' to be listed as SCI to take a step further and face fierce competition. The society will expand the financial support to upgrade the journal quality and improve the editing system further. In particular, your active support and cooperation, such as contributing to good papers and citing posted papers to upgrade the journal, is welcomed.

To this end, the society has provided various supporting programs, supporting academic research funds, academic paper awards, overseas training, international academic conference participation, clinical trial support programs and workshops on clinical research methodology to enhance research capability for members. The society will maintain and develop such research support programs.
Also, the society will actively promote right information on liver complaints to the public and take social responsibility like education and an overall view to reflect the reasonable opinions of society on medical and insurance policies.

Lastly, the role of the society will expand further in the age of reunification considering the poor medical environment of North Korea and high prevalence of liver diseases. In the future, the organization would progressively check the role and tasks to prepare for future reunification.

Dear members of the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver,
I, as the president, will do my best with the newly elected board members to openly communicate with members and prepare the development and future of the society. I hope for your active participation and support.

Thank you very much.

December 2015
President of the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver
Kwan Soo Byun
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